10 times in recent history WWE went beyond PG
WWE is no longer functioning under TV-14 television age ratings, since Linda McMahon’s run for senate made the authorities take the decision of changing WWE to a PG-rated product in the Summer of 2008. Fans have been highly critical of this decision, saying that WWE has ‘lost its edge’ and that things will never be as exciting as they were ‘back in the day’. WWE, under these stipulations, cannot intentionally make wrestlers bleed, have highly sexual angles, present very dangerous stunts, include angles in which a bad crime is being presented, or use profanity at a high level. Since then, everything hasn’t strictly been under those restrictions, and this article (which doesn’t rank them in order), looks at ten of those incidents. The same fans who have been unhappy with the change of events have still had their share of nostalgic moments. The following slideshow highlights a few of those moments.
#1 The Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon story (2014)
The largest storyline heading into SummerSlam last year was not John Cena vs Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton or even Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho. WWE decided to emphasise on the story between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon, and this entire story focused around the ‘B’ word, which was thrown around like it was nothing.
WWE does consistently use this word in its stories, but not as much as it was used in this one. It was used to such an extent that the internet started making fun of the story because of it. It’s not very often that happens.
This story would also include an angle in which a woman was hired to lie that Daniel Bryan was cheating on Brie Bella with her. Not much kid-friendly stuff going on in this story.