Report: WWE FINALLY Leaving The PG Era Behind?

WWE's new, edgier programming could be here to stay.

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This week saw WWE programming take on something of a new edge, with Raw and SmackDown both featuring riskier content that doesn't necessarily mesh with their PG TV rating.

Raw began with Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman engaging in a hoot of a Last Man Standing match that concluded with 'The Monster Among Men' tackling Lashley through the LED boards, leading to both men being carted off in an ambulance. Corey Graves yelled "holy sh*!" as it went down.

Then, on SmackDown, we saw Kofi Kingston flip his middle finger to Samoa Joe during their in-ring confrontation.


Dave Meltzer has since told his Wrestling Observer Radio listeners that WWE will be using more material like this going forward. It's supposedly part of their plan to win back lost teenage viewers, and it looks like the promotion are trying to edge away from the PG era and its many complaints:-


This will excite those who yearn for a return to edgier programming, though it's hard to see WWE abandoning PG entirely, particularly if it starts to upset their advertisers. Nonetheless, few would argue that this week's changes didn't benefit Raw and SmackDown this week.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.