A few years back in 2008, the WWE decided that it was going to do a complete 180 degree turn from what it had been previously in the attitude era into a PG rated show. This attitude era was a time that was defined by a more hardcore style of wrestling. It had edgier story lines. I will admit sometime those stories got a little out of hand (Katie Vick), but at least the product was not trying to change violence into something it is not. In a recent article Paul Levesque aka HHH, defended WWE’s decision to go PG. He basically did this by saying that pro wrestling is like a clean stand up routine. That it can be entertaining without being dirty. Well, I do agree that the product that WWE has been putting out for the last few years isn’t the worst I have ever seen. But, I also would look at what they are promoting. Pro wrestling, no matter how planned or trained for, is still violence. In my opinion, by making it look less brutal, it is making it seem more okay for the kids to go out there and try it on their friends and as we have all seen, that usually does not end up well. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we need to see absolute porn on Monday Night Raw, but I think leading pro wrestling in a direction where kids believe they can do these things and not get hurt is down right dangerous. I will also say that the ratings back when Stone Cold Steve Austin was pouring beer on everyone, and DX was telling everyone to “Suck It”. Were far higher than they are today. It is because you could tell that the performers were having fun with their characters and that they didn’t feel so restricted. I think when you have less rules on what the wrestlers can do, they go out there and put on a better show. I will say that the matches they are doing now are more safe and that is all well and good, but they are also more boring. I just don’t think there is a way to successfully make WWE into a PG brand and have the kind of ratings that they did back in the “Attitude Era”. I would love to have everyone’s thoughts so leave me a comment and as always thanks for reading.
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