The past few years of WWE have been a bit stale and boring from my perspective. Now, before you get all bent out of shape, keep in mind I grew up in the “Attitude Era” of the WWE, and what we see today in comparison is a bit, well… bland. It lacks the attitude and edginess that it had back then. So I took it upon myself to try and understand why World Wrestling Entertainment has made the transition to a strictly PG rated show. After a ton of googling and digging through websites, I have come to the following conclusions.
1) The Parents Television Council has long been an opponent of the WWE and it’s television product. It has held protests and launched numerous campaigns targeted at the WWE and the channels their programs inhabit to try and persuade the networks to drop the WWE’s product. This has been largely unsuccessful due to the popularity of the WWE. It has constantly been the highest rated show on EVERY network it is aired on. So, in wrestling terms, that would have been like asking Vince McMahon to get rid of Steve Austin and the Rock during the late 90’s and Early 2000’s. Hey Parents Television Council, good luck with all that!
2) Linda McMahon is running for Congress. There are a lot of people who highly oppose her candidacy based on what company she helped build and nothing else. Professional wrestling has been held primarily as a “redneck” or “white trash” sport. This is an opinion I have long opposed. As someone who has attended a great number of events, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that there are either:
a) A ton of rednecks and white trash out there with a lot of money
b) This is a gross misunderstanding of what true professional wrestling fans are.
Either way is fine with me, but I think the large majority of the public are either closet wrestling fans, or just have no idea what the heck is going on. Anyway, back to Linda and the whole running for Congress thing. As the WWE has been portrayed in a negative light by several politically savvy groups, the WWE Board of Directors has decided that a completely PG product would enhance their public image, thus reflecting positively in Linda McMahon’s favor come election time.
Now, I will be honest and say that I could care less if she wins a Senate seat or not. It won’t affect me either way. What I will tell you is that if I had to choose between the strictly PG product that gives me Pay Per Views such as “Hell in A Cell”, “Tables, Ladders & Chairs” and “Elimination Chamber”, three structures built for carnage, destruction, and most certainly blood, or Linda McMahon in Congress, I will take the former rather than the latter.
– Wil Riggs
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