Grapplers’ goal is to make shows PG

WWE moves to become more family friendly

As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating.

Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG.

“Smackdown” moves to MyNetworkTV in October.

WWE stressed that its shows wouldn’t become tamer, as a result of the change. They’d just focus more on its over-the-top characters and storylines, rather than attention-grabbing stunts that may have been considered too outrageous in the past.

Move is the latest step for the company to appeal to younger auds and families.

WWE recently launched a kids mag and website targeting the same demo with original content. Its film division, WWE Studios, also will steer away from R-rated content.

“It’s the continuing evolution of the company to create content for our growing audience of younger viewers,” a rep said.

More TV

  • Jason Bateman Jeffrey Tambor Arrested Development

    Emmy Season Faces #MeToo for the First Time

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

  • David Cross Arrested Development

    David Cross Addresses 'Arrested Development' Cast Interview: 'I Will Apologize to Jessica'

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

  • Queer Eye Netflix

    TV News Roundup: 'Queer Eye' Season 2 Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

  • Hair

    'Hair' Set as NBC's Next Live Musical

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

  • Mark Hamill; DreamWorks Animation; Netflix; Trollhunters;

    Mark Hamill on Working With Guillermo del Toro on Animated Series 'Trollhunters'

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

  • Jon Feltheimer Lionsgate

    Lionsgate Teams With Amazon on Starz's Expansion in Europe

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

  • Debra L. Lee 2016 BET Awards

    Debra Lee to Step Down as BET Networks Chairman, CEO

    As part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s moves to become more family friendly, company plans to produce its three weekly TV series in a way that lands them a PG rating. Currently, “Monday Night Raw” on USA Network and Sci Fi’s “ECW” are rated TV-14, while the CW’s “Friday Night Smackdown” already is TV-PG. “Smackdown” moves […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content