WWE Raw moving to TV-14 rating on USA Network
Well, there’s that fixed. We all know the problem with WWE isn’t insufferably long shows, boring characters, bad match finishes, awful dialogue and worse storytelling. It’s that they can’t say “shit” a bunch of times like AEW does. It has to be that, because the whole reason the attitude era was such a success is because there were lots of boobies and they were allowed to say “ass” and “bitch” all the time. It had nothing to do with having two once in a lifetime megastars at the same time leading the way while loads of other memorable, beloved characters all did their part to create a fun show that people wanted to watch. No, it’s definitely the potty mouth thing.
This is yet another example of WWE focusing on the wrong things. They have a long history of doing that, especially since WCW died and took the last true competition with it. That AEW hasn’t managed to bring the best out of them again is a sure sign that Vince McMahon, who has had trouble looking like much of a creative genius since the George W. Bush administration, has truly and irredeemably lost it at this point.
Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men podcast reported on Thursday that Raw will be moving from a TV-PG rating to TV-14 beginning with next Monday’s episode.
“Starting July 18th WWE Raw will have a TV-14 rating moving forward on USA Network,” Zarian wrote on Twitter. “The PG Era is over.”
The TV Parental Guidelines describe a TV-14 program as one that “contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.” While a TV-PG rating is given for a program that “contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.”