In this article, you will find answers to these questions:
- What is the PG era in WWE?
- Did the PG era ruin the WWE?
- Is the PG era over?
- The PG era Vs The Attitude era
What is the PG era in WWE?
The initials PG stand for Parental Guidance, and in relation to the WWE, it refers to a period in time when the show adapted a more family-friendly style of wrestling.
The use of profanity was toned down a lot and so was the violence and nudity as well.
This means that adults would be able to watch the show with their kids in tow and as we shall see, this had both its ups and downs.
Did the PG era ruin the WWE?
The PG Era did in fact receive a lot of widespread criticism from the hardcore fans of WWE.
Most thought that it had gone way softer than what they were used to before in the Attitude Era.
The violence was definitely repressed and the story-telling became more refined and in general, the show became even more scripted than it was before.
Also, there was certainly less blood and gore, which, to the avid wrestling fan was a much duller experience.
From a business point of view, the PG era attracted and was more appealing to corporate sponsors, this probably is the only positive thing about it as the entire franchise is more financially secure than it has ever been in the past.
But as we know, the fans do not care much about this, so the ratings drastically dropped during this era.
Is the PG era over?
With the launch of the rival promotion, All Elite Wrestling just recently in 2019, WWE will definitely need to sit down and re-evaluate things as there is a need for a more edgy, exciting and impactful style of wrestling compared to what we are currently seeing in our screens if they are to keep their fans entertained.
And let’s agree, we all miss the chair shots to the head, right?
The PG era might be over but as it stands now, it is highly unlikely that we will ever see the wild fights and raw passion that we were used to in the 90s, but who knows what might happen in the future.
The PG era Vs The Attitude era
The attitude era was very well-known for its violence, profanity, and in some instances.
Some of the most popular names in wrestling existed during this era.
The likes of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, and The Undertaker wreaked havoc in the ring during this time which lasted from around 1995 to 2001.
The Attitude Era was far more intense than anything that we have experienced in recent years.
It was just so much more intense, gory, and above all, extremely entertaining than anything we have seen.
And even though the WWE received a lot of backlash from lobbyists, advertisers and international broadcasters, television ratings, pay-per-view buy-rates, and merchandise sales reached record numbers which is the opposite of what can be said about the PG era.
All in all, I would say that the Attitude Era was way better than the PG era in all ways that you can look at it.