A new report has shed some light on a surprising reason for WWE considering making the move from PG to TV-14 rated programming.
On July 14th it was reported that there have been discussions taking place that would see WWE programming drop its current PG rating and return to TV-14.
This led to significant excitement among fans who are of the belief that an edgier on-screen product would improve the quality of WWE’s content.
However, while the move is still seemingly under consideration, it has not yet been confirmed and later reports suggested an internal memo about an imminent rating change was sent out prematurely.
Now, speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez has claimed that one of the reasons the company wants to have a higher rating is so they can stop editing out certain chants during shows.
This was in reference to the recent NXT Heatwave event where several fan chants had to be muted during the broadcast.
“Honestly one of the reasons that they wanted to go TV-14 was because they’re sick of having to edit out these chants.”
After the possibility of dropping the PG rating was raised, The Undertaker suggested it was a positive move and would “take the handcuffs off” many Superstars.
Recently, those handcuffs have already been loosened by the company’s new Head of Creative, Triple H, who is allowing stars more freedom in promos and during matches.
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.