WWE Network News: Libraries Of Past Promotions, What’s Being Edited & More
– With over 1,500 hours of archived WWE content being available when the WWE Network launches on 2/24, this represents only about 1.5% of the entire WWE library.
The company owns the tape libraries of over a dozen promotions (AWA, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Memphis, OVW, Deep South, World Class, Smoky Mountain, Stampede, among others) and that content will be rolled out on a weekly basis. They will also occasionally remove content, so it’s unlikely the entire catalog will be available at any one time.
– WWE will be airing a lot of footage from past events that had been previously edited out of DVD releases. Events featuring commentary by Jesse Ventura (royalty issues), ring announcing by Gary Michael Cappetta (legal reasons) and Chris Benoit (with a disclaimer) will all appear on the Network.
– Music is a more of a difficult issue. WWE executive Perkins Miller has said this will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but a lot of 80’s wrestling and ECW shows used mainstream hit songs, which could result in additional royalties being paid out to the artists.
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)