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I believe that the main problem of WWE is not PG rating or storylines but simply booking and overuse of jobbing.

They need to come back to the basis :

A wrestler is mainly built on a social archetype and not only on a gimmick or wrestling and acting capacities. You have to use this social archetype (humiliation to redemption for example, no authority matters, badass monster , American Dream, schyzophrenia and so on.) in order to let the wrestler grow in popularity. Those archetype are part of the specific culture of the viewers and can be found into litterature/cinema/comics/TV series among heroes and villains. The gimmick and the archetype must both resonate with the personnality of the wrestler in order to stay believable and to really be attractive.

Creatives have only to work on two things : on the heel or face decision and on storylines. Storylines have to accompany the wrestlers and the shows. They must not bury a wrestler or totally overpush another one. The fans have the power to choose the main-eventers not the creatives.

Vince has to give each wrestler a chance and to stop the meaningless jobbing which didn't exist when pro-wresting was at it's peak. They were no jobbers. Each wrestler, even bad, was able to gain a place into the hearts of the fans, could be pushed naturally and improve slowly. WWE was less predictable and far more enjoyable (no main eventers pushed down our throats, no quickly finished storylines based on only two wrestlers, and no stupid discussions in forum to choose the big one star between two over-pushed wrestlers). Everybody was egal. Santino for example is worth a push, like many current artificially buried jobbers and midcarders.

PG isn't the main problem at all, in fact ...

WWE just tries to act too quickly and to overpush specific wrestlers who aren't completed (no planified and well-thought gimmick or social archetypes) or loved by fans (emotionnal attachment). They try to use storylines to force the fans to like them, resulting in half-shaped or short and quickly finished storylines where fans are quickly bored by the rare main-eventers and by the storylines. Due to the lack of main-eventers (too many jobbers and unused or uncredible midcarders due to storylines), storylines are repetitive and boring.

So WWE has just to slow down and to think about long term again which basically means don't push wrestlers, let them grow and don't bury any of them.
 
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