WWE's TV PG Era: Is It Really That Bad?
Professional Wrestling has seen better days.
In the days of my youth, the WWE was going through the Attitude Era, the pinnacle of the Monday Night Wars.
Thanks to controversial segments, smashmouth wrestling, and TV-14 at its best, the WWE beat out WCW as the top promotion, eventually buying their rival in 2001.
In this day and age, the story is different. TV-14 has turned into PG.
Many wrestling fans in the Internet wrestling community call this era the "PG Era" of the WWE.
Swearing is now a no-no. Blood is not to be used in any segment. Scantily clad women are now a thing of the past in the divas division.
All in all, the PG Era is nothing like the Attitude Era of the WWE. For viewers, fans, and critics alike, there is one question on their minds: Is it that bad?
There have been mixed feelings about the PG Era, which has been around for about two years (if I am correct). There are positives and negatives on both sides.
The PG Era is a good vehicle for the WWE to use at this moment. Linda McMahon, the wife of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, is running for a Senator's seat in Congress.
If the promotion is PG, it can't be used against her by any opponents who want the seat for themselves.
Furthermore, PG programming equals more parents allowing their children to watch professional wrestling.
If violence is the only thing that parents need to be concerned about, they simply need to tell their children not to imitate their favorite WWE Superstars.
PG is not exclusive to children. PG simply broadens the audience. Instead of 18-to-34 demographics, now you can have 7-to-34 demographics.
More acceptable programming equals more viewers.
That doesn't mean that there's no downside, though.
The PG Era has been shown to alienate some fans. The older fans who reminisce on the Attitude Era feel that they are missing what made them wrestling fans in the first place.
They miss Stone Cold Steve Austin talking about how he was the baddest "Son-of-a-Bitch" in the promotion.
They miss the days when the divas division was risque and sensual.
They miss the days when storylines seemed to be better, and when a Hell in a Cell match contained blood.
They miss the TV-14 rated Attitude Era, and are skeptical of the PG Era.
It's all a matter of what is to be liked about the PG Era. For some fans, it's almost nothing. The fans who are skeptical want Vince McMahon to take the rating, "put it sideways, and shove up straight up his candy a**."
For others, the rating is just fine.
Two sides are made. For me, it's hard to know how many are for or against the PG Era.
I do know, however, what side I'm on. For the time being, PG is the way to go.
I can understand everyone's reservations about the PG Era, but I feel the blame is being placed at the wrong target.
If the PG Era is so bad, then why isn't anyone berating the 1980s wrestling boom?
You know, the era that had surreal wrestling characters? The era that had an almost unbelievable Hulk Hogan?
Don't get me wrong, but the '80s era seemed a lot campier than today's WWE. If anything, the WWE's comedy segments seem to be a parody of the '80s segments.
And yet, the WWE seemed a lot more memorable back then. Then again, it was a boom, so of course the success could be seen.
The PG rating in the WWE today doesn't hurt the promotion. The lack of quality writing, however, is a different story.
Would anyone be that upset if the WWE kept the rating and make the stories more intriguing?
Would the PG rating be a big deal if, say, a huge rivalry beyond imagination erupted between John Cena and some new, sinister heel?
The PG rating isn't the problem; it's how the WWE is going about with their programming.
Even so, the debate rages on. People are entitled to their opinions.
The PG Era will always be a debated one. Ten years from, people will talk about if it was worth it.
Hopefully, people will see that the TV-PG rating is the least of this era's problems.
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