WWE Has Banned Wrestlers From Saying Another Word On Air

So THAT explains the confusion surrounding Street Profits vs. Viking Raiders...

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Much confusion surrounded this week's WWE Raw match pitting the Street Profits against the Viking Raiders.

Many assumed that Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford would be putting their Raw Tag Team Championships on the line against Erik and Ivar, as it was never explicitly stated that they wouldn't be. This was not the case, however. The gold wasn't on the line, the Raiders took the pinfall, and likely earned themselves a real shot in the process.

So why wasn't this stipulated beforehand, and why did WWE let the confusion fester? Because they have apparently banned performers from saying the term "non-title" on air.

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This was the word of Dave Meltzer on a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio.

There's no word on why, exactly, WWE has forbidden the word's usage, with Meltzer noting that the promotion is yet to come up with an alternative to use in its place. Related terms like "belt," "strap," and "title shot" have long been banned on the main roster, forcing wrestlers to regurgitate more contrived phrases like "championship opportunity."

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Most words relating to the ongoing global health crisis are also banned from television, with this unlikely to change until the situation eases.

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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.