To PG or not PG...
by, 02-25-2011 at 08:52 AM (4578 Views)
Hi all, time for blog number 2 and I can think of no better subject than the constantly debated topic of the WWE PG rating. I would also like to recommend that you check out Polly-Pablo's blog on this subject as they cover some really good angles on this and encourage good debate.
Ok, so lets start by frustrating a few of you by saying...I dont have a problem with the PG rated WWE product. And this comes from a guy who grew up watching the Attitude Era. We all know why they've made the move and it makes good business sense. That doesn't mean to say that i don't have some frustrations regarding it a lot of which were apparent in this weeks PPV and RAW.
PPV/Match Stipulations - Last Sunday saw 6 Raw superstars and 6 SD superstars enter 'one of the most demonic and hellish structures in the WWE' 'putting their bodies on the line' etc etc blah blah blah. We get this kind of commentary and promo every time there is a gimmick match Cage/TLC/Hell in a Cell/Chamber. The problem is that this just doesnt work in a PG rated show because you can never fully show just how dangerous these matches are. I think the WWE needs to come up with new match concepts that conform more to the PG rating. Im mean think...has there really been a good HIAC match since the PG era began?
Sponsorship - Its often commented on that one of the biggest reasons the WWE went PG was to attract more larger,Family Friendly sponsors. This is fine and I totally buy it, so what was RAW brought to us with this week? Killzone 3 and Drive Angry 3D, not exactly kindergarden stuff. It seems contradictory that they should seek to attract a broader audience only to advertise products for a resrticted segment of that audience.
Wrestling needs blood - ok so this is where I do disagree. Yes as ive already mentioned if you have a stipulation such as HIAC or a Chair Match then delivering this in a PG format weakens the concept and exposes the stipulation as not as dangerous or career threatening as we are continually reminded. And yes there have been some classic 'extreme' mark out moments - people still talk about Mankind/Taker HIAC or the Stone Cold/Hitman match. My personal faves are Orton/Cactus Jack at Backlash where Orton took the thumbtack bump or Foley again in action against Edge at Wrestlemania with spear through the flaming table. Terrific stunts but these memories are few comapred to the truly great matches and moments that didnt need blood, didnt need stunts just a good story and fantastic wrestling. The list is endless but Taker/HBK at Mania of course, Angle/Benoit at Royal Rumble, HBK/Cena 1 hour match at RAW in the UK (best match ive ever seen live). Everyone will have their own lists but unless you have a particular bloodlust id guarantee that your list of great matches that are PG suitable outweigh those that arent.
Besides if what the industry was crying out for was an edgy, no holds barred swearing and bleeding wrestling product then TNA would be drawing in 2 or 3 times the viewing figures they currently are.
Wrestlemania is round the corner and is looking to be a great show. We're going to get some quality main events, the always entertaining money in the bank match (which Morrison deserves to win after his recent performances), the amazingly eagerly anticipated Rock/Cena confrontation and I'll bet that the majority of us will watch it, cheer, mark out and enjoy the evening without even a moments thought as to wether it would have been any better pre PG days. I guess to sum up what Im saying is that theres more that i still love about the WWE than I miss under the PG era.
As before, feel free to comment, argue abuse etc....all are welcomed.