It was recently reported that WWE will soon be switching up at least some of their TV programming to a TV-14 rating. The company’s shows have had a more family-friendly TV-PG rating since 2008. With the upcoming SummerSlam premium live event already being advertised with a more mature rating, fans have been showing a lot of excitement.
There is an entire generation of WWE viewers who grew up during the wild Attitude Era. At the time, sex, violence, and bad language were simply a part of the show. It also coincided with one of the most successful periods of mainstream popularity in the company’s history.
The Undertaker was a huge part of that era. The WWE Hall of Famer was involved in some crazy storylines during the late 1990s boom period. During his appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con, the Dead Man said he approves of the upcoming change.
“I think it’s a good move. With their main demographic being 18-34 year old males. Done the way that WWE will do it, it will mean much more than just a random, ‘Okay, we’re gonna use a cuss word because it’s gonna get a cheap pop.’
WWE is smart and hopefully, when they do. Maybe it’s a chance to touch that Attitude Era. right? because I mean, the Attitude Era was out of control but it was such great, great TV. And we’re finally starting to get a talent roster now that knows how to use those kinds of tools.”
The Undertaker helped Vince McMahon make a lot of money when the show was edgier. Huge wholesale changes are not expected to happen once the switch is made. Still, it will give WWE a lot more creative breathing room when it comes to telling stories in and out of the ring.
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