In this current era of professional wrestling, a lot of wrestling fans have a problem with the WWE’s PG product. Every week you can hear a collective groan of angry fans complaining in YouTube videos and message board posts complaining about John Cena , HHH, who’s supposed to win, who’s supposed to lose, it’s a become a big nest of negativity. I, for one actually enjoy PG wrestling when done right, because it really is no different from the wrestling I watched when I was a youngster.
I think the main reason for this pessimism is because most of these fans that despise PG wrestling are grown adults. I can totally see where they are coming from; as older fans want more mature and well thought out storylines like in say a Dexter or a Breaking Bad. I get that and sometimes I agree with that. I would love to see more in depth stories with twists and turns that have continuity and intrigue, but WWE can still do that in a PG setting. Think back to the time of when you fell in love with wrestling. What was the main storyline of the time that drew you in? For a lot of you it would be a plethora of Hulk Hogan feuds or smaller guys V.S bigger guys. All very simplistic tales told so that everyone can understand and relate. This is wrestling 101 it doesn’t have to be R Rated to get their points across.
Perhaps it’s the brutality that people want to see again. More chairs, tables, ladders, and blood. Maybe fans today think the PG format is too soft compared to the wrestling of the 90’s. With ECW and the attitude era creating exciting matches and moments it is hard to top what was seen back then. However, wrestling is a show and these wrestlers put their bodies on the line to entertain the fans. If the lack of foreign objects can extend the careers of some of my favorite wrestlers I’m ok with the PG style of wrestling.
Sure, I do love specialty matches and some great matches featured hardcore paraphernalia, but now that things are toned down a bit, brutal situations will mean more. Who didn’t become glued to their television screens during Wrestlemania 28 when the Undertaker and HHH took their match to a whole new level? It became more exciting and more epic because it was done on the right stage in the right situation. If everybody threw somebody through a table in their matches it would become stale and antiquated. There would be no excitement anymore. This PG era will retrain the audience to come unglued when wrestlers are put in those situations of violence.
PG wrestling will not be the death of wrestling, as a whole new generation of fans are tuning in every week. Kids that are watching now will grow up and complain about why wrestling isn’t like it was before just like some of you do now. I can see the posts of the future: John Cena is way better than Current Wrestler A, This product sucks, and wrestling just isn’t what it used to be! We as wrestling fans are just getting older and that’s how it will always be. Do you think your Granddad the wrestling purist enjoyed the cartoonish Hulk Hogan and his Rock N Wrestling?