Since the WWE became a PG product in 2008 many long term WWE fans have called for a return to the TV-14 rating of old.
These fans claim that the lack of blood, swearing and extreme violence have ruined the WWE. In this article I examine if these claims are true or if the WWE is better with the PG rating.
The lack of blood in the WWE today has been a focus of many WWE haters, as wrestlers are no longer allowed to blade in the PG WWE. Fans had become used to seeing wrestlers bleeding on a nearly weekly basis and many call for blading to be allowed once again. However, is blood really needed on a weekly basis? The answer is no. The absence of blood makes the rare appearances of blood mean so much more, as we saw in the Brock Lesnar vs Triple H brawl in March.
The WWE’s stance on swearing was shown in 2011 when The Rock made his return. During The Rock’s return promo the word ‘ass’ was bleeped three times. This angered many WWE fans who believed the WWE was ruining The Rock’s character by censoring his promo. Since that point the WWE has become more lenient with some minor swear words being used on occasion by top stars such as Triple H and CM Punk.
Perhaps the most annoying change in the WWE was the banning of some moves which are seen as too violent for WWE’s family friendly product. All choke holds have been banned since the WWE became PG. Some fans also argue that the PG rating has ruined fan favourite matches like the Hell in a Cell and Inferno matches.
Overall the PG rating is great for business. It means the WWE can attract younger children, the easiest demographic, and also means WWE can partner with companies such as Mattel, who refused to do business with the WWE during the Attitude Era.
In terms of fan enjoyment the PG rating has obviously not done too much damage, as fans continue to come back for more. In my opinion, if the WWE includes blood, swearing and extreme violence only on rare occasions, that only enhances the product, making the show seem more real, which is the overall aim of all wrestling companies - to convince you what you’re watching is real.
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