Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
It's odd -- TV, as a whole, has gotten a lot edgier since the 90s (when "Jerry Springer" was considered 'out there'), but the WWE seems to have regressed.
There was an old bit they did back when I was watching where Stevie Richards was the leader (dressed in Mormon-mission attire) of a group called RTC - "Right To Censor" -- which was based on the PTC (parents television council) and their constant public war of words with Vince over the content of his product. They'd come out and put blankets over women who were scantily clad, or would stop promos that were getting "too edgy," and the crowd would have fun booing. I was thinking last night "man, the PTC ended up winning that fight."
I kind of guessed they would tone the product down while Linda McMahon was running for Congress, but I'm surprised it's still as tame as it is now.
I really don't watch it anymore but I keep my ear to the ground. Just in the past week, for example, Michael Cole tweeted a gay slur about Josh Matthews. He deleted it and apologized. This was less than 2 weeks after the WWE and GLADD announced they were teaming up to curb gay slurs in wrestling.
I have also heard that they are going to eliminate the word "wrestling" when talking about their product.
For better or for worse they are the face of pro wrestling. If a wrestler dies, they get blamed even if the wrestler never worked for them. I don't know if Vince is doing all this to facilitate Linda's future run at a Senate seat but this definitely isn't your older brother's WWF. But you can't say they are going broke from disinterest. The TV shows are getting OK ratings and Wrestlemania drew around 80K to the Georgia Dome.