Right to Censor
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|Right to Censor|
|Members||Steven Richards (leader)
|Debut||July 17, 2000|
|Disbanded||May 24, 2001|
The Right to Censor (frequently referred to as RTC) was a heel professional wrestling faction in the World Wrestling Federation from mid-2000 to early 2001. The group was a parody of the Parents Television Council (PTC), which was protesting the level of violence and sexual content in WWF programming, and threatening to boycott several of their sponsors.
The Right to Censor uniform was a white button up shirt and black tie, with black slacks for the men (although Val Venis wore white slacks on occasion) and a long black skirt for the women, which parodies the look of a Mormon missionary. Eventually Ivory, the only woman recruited to the group, was forced to adopt the black slacks out of necessity, due to the skirt's limiting her in-ring abilities.
Entrances of RTC members were accompanied not by the standard musical theme but by the sound of shrill alarms and buzzers, with an underlying swing jazz beat.
Formation and feuds
The group was formed when wrestler Steven Richards began to randomly appear on WWF programming to cover up the bodies of scantily clad women or remove "hardcore" weapons such as tables from matches. He apparently took offense to the Acolytes's rowdy reputation and disapproved of the Dudleys' use of tables. He was eventually joined by Bull Buchanan, The Goodfather (formerly the Godfather), Val Venis, and Ivory. The group temporarily forced The Kat into its fold, but The Kat and the WWF parted ways before that storyline could completely play itself out. Before being forced into the group, The Kat was starting a group called Right to Nudity, which was to play on The Kat's infamous pay-per-view stunt where she appeared completely topless. Her group was what brought her to Right to Censor's attention.
The Right to Censor came out victorious in at least one match of every pay-per-view they participated in from mid-2000 to early 2001. At SummerSlam 2000, Richards, Buchanan, and The Goodfather won a 6-man tag match against Too Cool and Rikishi. At the next pay-per-view, Unforgiven, the RTC (now with Val Venis) won an 8-man tag match against the APA and the Dudley Boyz. Even though The Goodfather and Bull Buchanan lost the Dudley Invitational at No Mercy 2000, Venis and Richards managed to defeat Chyna and Mr. Ass in a tag match. When Women's Champion Ivory joined the group, she won 3 pay-per-view matches in a row for the group. She defeated Lita in a title match at Survivor Series 2000 while The Goodfather and Buchanan lost a Survivor Series Elimination Match. At Armageddon 2000, Ivory came out victorious once again in a triple-threat title match against Molly Holly and Trish Stratus, and Val Venis also was victorious over Chyna. Meanwhile, Buchanan and The Goodfather continued the losing streak when they lost the Tag Team titles to Edge and Christian in a Fatal Four-Way tag match. At the 2001 Royal Rumble, Ivory once again retained her title by defeating Chyna; on the other hand, Buchanan, The Goodfather, and Venis all failed in their attempt to win the Royal Rumble Match. No Way Out 2001 that year marked the last time the RTC would win a match at a pay-per-view when Steven Richards defeated Jerry Lawler.
The group had a moderate level of success, with Buchanan and The Goodfather holding the Tag Team Championship and Ivory capturing the WWF Women's Championship before entering into a high-profile feud with Chyna.
WrestleMania X-Seven was the symbolic end of the Right to Censor, as the stable lost all of the matches they were scheduled to participate in, Buchanan, Venis, and The Goodfather lost a 6-man tag match against the APA and Tazz while Ivory lost her title to Chyna.
On the April 26, 2001 episode of SmackDown!, Richards, Buchanan, Val Venis, and The Goodfather faced the Undertaker in a 4-on-1 handicap match. The group was finally disbanded when Steven Richards was hit with the Last Ride by The Undertaker. The Goodfather, Buchanan and Val Venis all walked out and left him lying in the ring. The group’s last match was contested on May 24, 2001 on SmackDown!, when Bull Buchanan, The Godfather & Ivory lost to Steve Blackman, Grand Master Sexay & Trish Stratus in a tag match. Following this match, RTC was officially disbanded. Ivory & Steven Richards would return as members of WCW/ECW Alliance during the Invasion angle and Val Venis & Goodfather returned at the 2002 Royal Rumble under their old personas. Steven Richards adopted a psychotic gimmick while Bull Buchanan was briefly rebranded as B2 (B-Squared) and made a bodyguard for John Cena before departing the WWE. The rest of the group reverted to their previous personas before the advent of the faction.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Wrestling Federation
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