Linda McMahon: Why Her Senate Loss Will Have Zero Effect on WWE's PG Product

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

Linda McMahon concedes on Tuesday night. (Photo Courtesy of
Linda McMahon concedes on Tuesday night. (Photo Courtesy of

This past Tuesday was Election Day. Aside from the presidential election involving Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney, the Connecticut Senate race between Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy was what most wrestling fans kept an eye out for.

Prior to joining politics, Linda McMahon was the CEO of WWE. She left the position in 2009 when she announced she'd be taking part in the 2010 senate race as part of the Republican party.

After losing that year to Richard Blumenthal, she took another chance and spent yet another vast amount of money running this year, only to lose again.

Obviously, it's no surprise she lost, as Connecticut is mostly a Democratic state.

Her background in WWE solidified that she had no chance (in hell) of winning, as many politicians in recent years have taken aim at WWE and its decorated past.

Coming from a CT resident, the only annoying thing regarding the election was the number of commercials that saw both McMahon and Murphy bashed every single time I turned on the radio or television (especially during Raw).

I, for one, am extremely glad it's finally over and even happier to know to that she won't be running again in 2014

Besides basically wasting over $100 million on campaigns since 2010, I do in fact give her credit for not giving up so quickly and continuing to fight her own battles, despite the fact that her chances of winning were slim to none.

At least she tried and put in a strong effort, which is all that matters.

How does this relate to WWE, you ask? Well, one question I've been commonly asked as of late is whether WWE will become edgier now that Linda is no longer in politics.


That question can be easily answered with Daniel Bryan's newfound favorite catchphrase: no.

Over the course of the last few years, I've seen quite a few fans not only bash Linda, but despise her because they believe she was the only reason why WWE went PG back in 2008. I refrain myself from repeatedly hitting my head against the wall every time I see one of these ignorant comments.

No, these group of fans don't hate her because of her political views, but because they strongly believe she is the mere reason why WWE programming now has a PG rating.

Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.

While I'm not entirely positive, I have a pretty good idea as to why the WWE went PG.

It wasn't to make Linda look good as she ran for senate but rather to connect more with a growing younger audience and because of its deal with Mattel.

For those of you who know me and my views on wrestling considerably well, you'd know that I attempt to maintain a positive outlook. I do realize everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but bashing the product on a consistent basis and continuing to watch something you don't even enjoy is simply ridiculous.

Sure, we have grown men hugging each other from time to time (which is pretty entertaining, might I add), but the WWE isn't all PG. WWE breaks boundaries more often then you'd like, sending subliminal messages in various storylines that aren't all that appropriate.


Having superstars swear on television isn't something WWE should be doing, but fans enjoy it. So, with that being said, appreciate the things that WWE does for us rather that wish for things that are almost impossible to achieve.

On that same note, constantly referring to the Attitude Era and comparing it to today's programming is vastly outdated. The Attitude Era was one of the greatest times in wrestling, but what some people don't realize is that it's not returning and never will.

It's blatantly obvious that WWE has been playing it safe as of late to avoid any bad press for Linda, but just because she lost does not mean we'll be seeing middle fingers and beer baths every week going forward.

Personally, I've seen changes in WWE's programming since early 2011 when it comes to blood, swearing and many more things you wouldn't normally see in a PG environment.

Is it possible that WWE could go back to a PG-14 rating at some point? Absolutely, but it won't be happening just because Linda McMahon is through with politics.

If you wish to relive the Attitude Era, I strongly suggest you go out and play WWE '13. Even if WWE was to go PG-14 again, it would hardly match the magic WWE once had, so it's better to instead just make the most of what we have right now.

Don't get your hopes up in expecting the WWE to go all-out on the next Raw. WWE at the moment could be in far worse shape, so at least attempt to enjoy the product or don't even bother watching at all.

Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on the situation. As always, your criticism and overall feedback of my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

GSM out.



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