For the past few months we have all noticed the drastic increase of censorship within the WWE. They have changed move names, begun to shun such wonders as the bra and panties match, and given us cheesy commentary like “Oh No, there are children watching.” This leads me to believe that if Lita came back and decided to wrestle again, we would not receive the scantily clad love jugs we know and appreciate, but an overdressed redhead in a kimono. After all, they seem to think an overweight, gap toothed, kankle flopping, Vicky Guererro is some kind of beauty-queen.
I for one am sick of it!! The whole WWE has gone to hell, and I am starting to doubt that it will ever come back. Let’s face the facts here folks, ever since WWF “Got the ‘F’ out!” in 2000 and converted to World Wrestling Entertainment, the company has been on a downward spiral. It was slow at the start, but now, nine years later we can see the pace is increasing rapidly. Think about it, we go from personas of a beer drinking, bird flipping, redneck to a pickle puffing, peter stuffing, wannabe marine in Reeboks! That is not the WWE I wish to see.
I’m pissed. What happened to the gritty language, the sex, and most importantly the violence? What happened to the chairshots that made you say “Damn, he got knocked the f**k out!” What happened to the heels that almost sent chills down your spine?? …What happened to the wrestling? It seems like everytime I watch the WWE I attempt to find the answer to these puzzling questions, but so far, I haven’t reached a conclusion. That’s not to say I am clueless, I just haven’t found an answer that I believe can most accurately describe what has gone wrong.
I am frustrated at the fact that the company is sinking, that the creative team is flawed, and the storylines are shit. But do you know what is eating at me the most? The parents! I am yet to understand what the hell is wrong with most of them. Firstly, they allow their children to watch violent programming unsupervised, they don’t talk to the kids about not doing the things they see on TV, and then they bitch and complain, that a show that never claimed to be suited for children ultimately isn’t! So much so that they have warped a once entertaining product into a lifeless shell of its former self. But do we complain that the Soap Operas and show’s like Jerry Springer that are watched by millions of parents world-wide are too graphic? Do we bitch about how Bob and Jane’s affair on that certain soap violates the sanctity of marriage? Or how shemale makeovers showcased on the Springer show is disgusting? (Or most importantly, where are MY Jerry Beads?! ) For the most part no.
If and when I have a little boy or girl someday, I will make sure to inform them of the dangers of doing what they see on TV. Whether it be in regards to not Tombstoning little Johnny on the Merry-Go-Round, or failing that damn pregnancy test! All due to the fact that it would be my responsibility to make sure my kids were brought up well and could still handle the WWE the way it is meant to be.
WWE needs to make sure parents understand, and accept, the responsibility of talking to their children about not emulating what takes place on the shows. If a parent cannot do so, then the child should not be watching the WWE, or TV in general. I wouldn’t mind a few “Don’t Try This at Home, School, or in the workplace (lol) messages in the beginning of each broadcast, or even a promo of some sort by a wrestler every so often informing both parents and children of the skill it takes to compete inside the ring. What I do mind however, is idiot parents and their unknowing children forcing Vince McMahon to dumb and tone down a once entertaining product.