Heel Turn on James Ellsworth
Join Date: Mar 2011
Re: What would your reaction be if TNA turned PG?
One question: Why is wrestling supposed to be a family show nowadays? I got interested in pro wrestling when I wasn't allowed to see it (I was around 12 when I started watching the attitude). An "edgy" and not "clean" program interests the older kids more than something has been made to cater them as the minority of the audience (this is exactly what WWE does).
Because times have changed. And also because I think what works (i.e. what is cool or relevant) and what doesn't in the professional wrestling/sports entertainment business is dictated by WWE. When WWE is kid-friendly, professional wrestling is expected to be the same as well. TNA doesn't have the power to spark a revolution in the way the business works. Having a TV-14 show wouldn't help them gain enough sponsors because wrestling is now expected to be family friendly because that is what WWE is. When WWE was TV-14, it worked because WWE was... well, WWE. They were big and still relevant and they made the adult themes cool. I don't think a casual young wrestling fan today would want to watch TNA because they now expect it to be less edgy and a lot cleaner like WWE. I'm not suggesting TNA should do it because WWE does it. You wanted an answer to your question and I gave one. I personally prefer a clean product because being "edgy" has kind of run its course and I feel maybe it's time to move on.