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WWE removes older, edgier videos from YouTube



A team of WWE employees are busy looking at video sharing websites and
flagging all videos from the Attitude Era that are being used in attacks
mostly against Linda McMahon. Tons of videos were removed from the popular
YouTube website already with a WWE rep saying that they are damaging “the
corporate reputation” of the company. These same videos are the ones which
catapulted WWE into ratings success in the late 90s and obviously were
deemed appropriate at the time. “For years WWE has produced programming
that is rated PG in prime time, and most recently rated G on Saturday
mornings. To better reflect our current family-friendly brand of
entertainment, WWE is removing some dated and edgier footage from digital
platforms,” WWE said in a statement. “Some of this footage has been
misused in political environments without any context of explanation as to
when it was produced,” the statement added, referring to the adverts that
opponents of Linda McMahon were producing using WWE footage. “WWE is well
within its rights to protect its intellectual property for fair use.”

(thanks to Colin Vassallo)

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15 Responses

  1. Motorhead says:

    i don’t need anybody; mcmahon, larry flynt, or ronald reagan telling me what i can and can not watch. I pay taxes and am a citizen, a free citizen, who is old enough and smart enough to make my own decisions. This is disgusting. Now we know for sure that wwe is just one more tool for mcmahon to use to get his wife elected to the senate. They seem to think, from censoring signs and chants and gestures in dvd releases to this crap, that they can tell us what’s best for us. BS!! Besides all that, i thought linda severed her ties with wwe long ago? This is a shallow argument to justify censorship. Anybody who agrees with wwe on this is cracked. We have rights too. Digital wwe is nothing short of dictatorship of wrestling. What about the nwo dvd or attitude dvds to come? I’m sure glad vince the great is here to help me make my choices for me. I so dumb…

  2. Adam says:

    so wait… their own product which they put out and were proud of for years is actually “damaging the corporate reputation”? Are they trying to re-write history now?

  3. Agent Cooper says:

    All because of the narcissistic political ambitions of the McMahon family. I can’t wait until November when Linda’s political career is finally and emphatically stomped out once and for all.

  4. Gazz says:

    Whilst Linda has severed ties with WWE in a working environment, the fact is is that her political opponents can, will and are using a lot of footage from the Attitude Era in an attempt ro ruin her campaign. Unfortunately for us fans, WWE are within their rights to remove and/or censor anything that they and the company’s shareholders/partners/sponsers deem inappropriate, even if it appears to be for the benefit of Linda and her political aspirations.

  5. Jake Allen says:

    Didn’t they just recently make a new deal with the World Wildlife Foundation to be able to use the old WWF scratch logo again without having to blur it out in their older videos? What’s the point if they’re not gonna release those older videos to the public now?

  6. Motorhead says:

    hey gazz, no offense, but it was my money and your money and steve’s money and the FANS MONEY who made it possible for wwf/e to go public. They owe US better than we’ve been getting. We buy the shows, the dvds, the music, the movies, the shirts, the posters, the hats; we BOUGHT the tapes, the higher tier cable packages of old to view the channels, the tickets to the house shows, and the cards, magazines, and ice cream bars. WE ARE THE WWE!! Not the shareholders or investors. Bret hart had it right in his book that vince is all too eager to abandon the history and legacy of his own industry, that FANS BUILT, to make a buck. Without US, vince and his whole family would be far less better off than they are now. OUR INVESTMENT IN WWF GAVE LINDA HER PLATFORM TO RUN ON AND NOW THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Well ya can’t say we weren’t warned about how vince actually sees his “fans”. He’s treating us no better than how he treated former talent in the past. Adam is dead on.

  7. Kerry says:

    WWE has a history of re-writing history.

  8. Urvy says:

    People, relax. WWE is STILL going to release an Attitude Era DVD set. They are doing this as a PRECAUTION to avoid giving the Democrats ammo to bash Linda over her past.

    Don’t forget, times are changing, it is not only Linda’s Senate ambitions, but it’s a combination of a changing market, the Benoit murders, the Senate ambitions, and lack of competition from bigger companies. The Attitude Era was created because WWE at the time was in dire straights with WCW beating them 84 weeks in a row. Now that there’s no WCW, and TNA is struggling ratings wise and ROH not available on TV stations that are not owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, WWE had to change.

    Just hang on and wait for the Attitude Era DVD coming out.

  9. mikey says:

    Urvy…let’s be real here…this “change” is happening mainly because of Linda Mcmahon’s political aspirations..

    The catering to kids, the watering down of the product…all of it is because of that…no point in denying it..you said there is a lack of competition right???? Well, if that is the case, why bother to change unless something drastic is happening??

    Say what you want, but if Linda Mcmahon was running for office during the attitude era, that era never would’ve happened….if she was running for office during the “ruthless aggression era”, that era never would’ve happened either…its got very little if anything to do with “lack of competition” or the “benoit murders” or making the product more “kid friendly”….

    They’re doing all of this simply so that the Democrats don’t have ammo to use against her come November..not that it matters though…she’s still gonna lose..

  10. mikey says:

    Hey WWE….try all you want, but you can’t erase the past…

  11. Baciagaloop Jones says:

    The upcoming WWE 13′ video game also is highlighted throughout with nothing but The “Attitude Era”. The same era they seem to be trying to erase.

  12. M.J. Wright says:

    This is the same thing if , lets say a 58 year old man ran for governor, but it was discovered that when he was 18, he did one solo scene masturbating in a Gay porn movie for extra college cash and never did it again. Even though it was 40 years ago, his opponents are going to use that against him, questioning his morals. I understand the reason, it just sucks!

  13. ILMH says:

    This is awesome. “No! Don’t pull your copyrighted material from us! We enjoy watching it for free!” Then start blaming politics and crap. You are the one percent. Enjoy paying for what you enjoy.

  14. ManWhale says:

    I say we the fans should go on an upload bender and load as much of their contraversial crap as possible. they might stop their videos, but then fans will never stop loving what it once was. #peopledieforthis #freedomofspeech

  15. Syckoman says:

    Now the question is if Linda loses and decides not to run again will we get back some good product or will we keep the same watered down stuff. If she loses and bows out I bet we get good product back because the money will dictate so. If she wins….Good-bye to anything great being on WWE in the next decade. Politics are so stupid. I love how people get out their moral compass and act like she is or is not worthy because her background is in entertainment. Like the people in office now don’t have skeletons in their closets? Sure they do. Hypocrites!!!!!!

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