The 5 Real Reason's why WWE "PG" sucks.
1 The Brand Extension
Half the talent—half the interest.
The brand extension to some may have meant opening doors for younger talent to gain exposure.
But to many, it meant splitting up half the guys who we enjoyed watching.
It also meant contender pools for Championships became much smaller. Meaning programs became repetitive, causing titles to lose value.
A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
The feeling of contentment in winning the Monday Night Wars, and self-satisfaction in building and expanding the global WWE image meant by the year 2003—the WWE's programming began to enter a decline.
3 Social values
n the late 1990's professional wrestling was part of a cutting edge counter culture. It was part of a growing generation of absurd and often offensive television and media programming—Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, South Park, etc.
At the same time, music saw a radical transformation. Often labeled dangerous—gangster rap and hip hop became mainstream. Rock and Roll became Nu (sic) again with bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit & Slipknot.
By the year 2003—WWE's attempts at toilet humor, sexuality and offensive & controversial themes were vastly behind the rest of mainstream media. Dated in every sense and even then often restricted by it's Guidance Rating, network censorship and the FCC.
4 Mixed Martial Arts
In part continuing on from changing social values. Ultimate fighting proved to be the next evolution in Sports Entertainment.
In the early to mid-1990's, professional wrestling experienced a real slump—WCW wasn't any where near being the powerhouse it would become. The NWA were merely surviving. While ECW was barely on the map, in regards of influence over mainstream wrestling.
Things didn't look good for the then, World Wrestling Federation. As it's product then, made today's "PG" era look almost M-Rated.
5 The Internet.
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away..
Wrestling fans were vastly ignorant to the world of professional wrestling. Sure you could read dirt sheets & magazines and even go online to discuss your favorite topics.
Even as close as ten years ago the internet wasn't completely full of leaks and planted information. A story on a surprise debut and/or angle details weren't as readily accessible as they are today.
However, this isn't the problem.
Today, its the community that has spawned around this information that hinders professional wrestling.