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WWE Rumors: Raw Considering Move to TV-14 Rating from PG

Doric SamJuly 14, 2022

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WWE Monday Night Raw is considering a shift from a TV-PG rating to TV-14, according to Wrestling Observer's Andrew Zarian:

Andrew Zarian @AndrewZarian

This is a wild situation. There’s a lot happening behind the scenes <br><br>WWE Raw won’t be going to TV-14 on July 18th but still in consideration for a later date. <br><br>Will go live tomorrow morning to break this down. <a href="https://t.co/F29mP8xCwy">https://t.co/F29mP8xCwy</a>

Andrew Zarian @AndrewZarian

There was a memo within USA Network that went out this morning regarding WWE Raw changing to TV-14 on July 18th.Apparently that was sent out prematurely and the day was not finalized.

Raw, which airs on USA Network, has been rated TV-PG since July 2008, per Cain A. Knight of Cageside Seats.

Since then, the company has attempted to become more family-friendly by catering towards a younger audience and avoiding any instances of extreme violence and blood. WWE had openly criticized its competitor AEW for a match earlier this year, saying what occurred was "gory self mutilation."

The shift to TV-14 rating could lead to a return of edgier programming similar to what was seen during the Attitude Era of the late 1990s. However, time will tell whether or not that shift would produce more compelling storylines that will draw in more fans each week.

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