WWE Reportedly Has No Plans To Become TV-14 Product

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There were reports that WWE programming may go back to a TV-14 rating, but in an update on the situation, it appears as though WWE will remain a TV-PG product.

It was reported by Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast on July 14 that USA Network (where Monday Night Raw airs) and WWE wanted to make Raw a TV-14 show again. There were even indications that SummerSlam on July 30 might be TV-14 as well, which would be a change from the TV-PG rating that WWE has had since early 2008.

In a new report, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson has reported that “there are no current plans to change the company’s TV ratings for their weekly series.” Johnson noted that there was “smoke to the fire” about the TV-14 possibility meaning it was being considered, but that’s no longer the case.

It was just over one week later on July 22nd when Vince McMahon suddenly retired as the WWE Chairman & CEO. What isn’t known is if McMahon would have wanted a TV-14 product like fans were used to when WWE was as hot as ever in the late 1990s “Attitude Era” or if Vince wanted to remain a TV-PG product.

Following Vince’s departure, Stephanie McMahon took over as Chairwoman along with the title of Co-CEO with Nick Khan, who was the WWE President in the past. Meanwhile, Stephanie’s husband Paul Levesque (aka Triple H) is running Talent Relations and he’s also the Head of WWE Creative.

Recently, Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer mentioned that one of the reasons that some people in WWE wanted to change to TV-14 is because when there are “holy s**t” chants during a show, WWE has to mute them as a PG product, but if they went back to being TV-14 then they wouldn’t have to mute those chants.

There have been no official comments from WWE’s leadership team regarding a change in the rating of their shows.