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WWE Trying To Cater To Younger Audience With Edgier Content, Pushing TV-PG Boundaries

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WWE wants to win back its teenage audience before moving to FOX this fall, and All Elite Wrestling begins airing their weekly program on TNT.

According to Dave Meltzer during today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE using more edgier content on this week’s television is an attempt to engage with their younger fan base. This explains why Corey Graves said “Holy Shit” following the explosion angle with Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley. We also saw Kofi Kingston give Samoa Joe the finger on SmackDown, which was edited in some markets outside the U.S. A few other examples include Maria Kanellis mentioning being impregnated by Becky Lynch, and Bobby Lashley stating he would send Braun Strowman to the morgue.

In what’s being dubbed the “Paul Heyman Era” of RAW, we saw the Street Profits make an appearance, as well as Ricochet have a main event match. Meltzer noted that Heyman is a big fan of Ricochet, and how he is a guy who could appeal to teenagers.

Earlier this year reports surfaced that FOX wanted the product more edgier, and less “politically correct”. Meltzer believes the happenings on television this past week could be pushing towards leaving the PG Era behind. Whether or not that is the case, remains to be seen.

Since its debut in 1999, SmackDown has been rated TV-PG. As of 2008, all WWE’s programming became TV-PG.  According to WWE’s investor relations, 40% of its audience is female, and 17% are under the age of 18.

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Report: Major RAW Reunion Segment Changed Due To Ricochet Injury

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Seth Rollins was not WWE’s first pick for last night’s segment with DX and The O.C.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Ricochet was originally planned to to be a part of the segment, and was pulled due to an elbow infection. The company was planning on using him as a fresh face to “get the rub” from DX and endorse him as a major player in the company.

Seth Rollins ended up working a match against AJ Styles, and being a part of the segment. It’s unknown how long Ricochet will be out of action.

It was also noted that Rikishi was originally supposed to give D-Von Dudley and The Revival a “Stinkface”, but was not medically cleared to perform any moves.

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WWE 24/7 Championship Changes Hands 9 Times During RAW Reunion

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The WWE 24/7 Championship changed hands 9 times over the course of tonight’s RAW Reunion event in Tampa, FL.

The event featured several WWE legends and Hall of Famers, and saw legends such as Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco win the championship.  Alundra Blayze won the title at one point, and threw it in the garbage, similar to what she did with the WWF Women’s Championship on an episode of WCW Nitro in 1995.

The following title changes occurred during the show.

  • Drake Maverick d. R-Truth
  • Pat Patterson d. Drake Maverick
  • Gerald Brisco d. Pat Patterson
  • Kelly Kelly d. Gerald Brisco
  • Candice Michelle d. Kelly Kelly
  • Alundra Blayze d. Candice Michelle
  • Ted DiBiase bought the title from Alundra Blayze
  • Drake Maverick d. Ted DiBiase
  • R-Truth d. Drake Maverick

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Jon Moxley Set To Face Josh Barnett at GCW ‘Bloodsport 2’

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Jon Moxley will be making his Game Changer Wrestling debut at Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 2 on September 14 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Bloodsport events feature matches that must end in either a knockout or submission. The ring features no ropes or turnbuckles, and the matches are presented in a MMA style. Although these bouts are worked, competitors work stuff and the matches have a semi-shoot feel.

At the last Bloodsport event Josh Barnett and Minoru Suzuki worked until a time-limit draw.

GCW and Josh Barnett are teaming up to bring back one of the most talked about events of the year when Bloodsport comes to The Showboat in Atlantic City on Saturday, September 14th!

It’s the ultimate hybrid. MMA meets Pro Wrestling in the most intense, physical, and groundbreaking event in years. Who will survive when shit gets real?

 

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