Yesterday, it was revealed that Raw was going to be moving from a PG rating to a TV-14 rating. It was announced by Andrew Zarian of Mat Men Podcast and then followed up with additional information. Originally stated to start on July 18, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
According to a new report from Fightful after speaking to Zarian, he had received a memo that went out within the USA Network that briefed a change for July 18. However, this notice went out prematurely and the date of the change has not been finalized. Fightful Select confirms that there were conflicting messages internally at USA Network. Those that they had made contact with at WWE hadn’t heard of the change yet but were looking into the move.
Furthermore, those expecting a significant content adjustment may be disappointed. NXT 2.0 has had racier content regularly, but it’s still rated TV-PG. Fightful says unlike MPAA for movies or ESRB for video games, cable television shows aren’t required to meet a certain requirement in order to keep the TV-PG status or move to TV-14.
They gave the example of – For instance, WWE could have very well self-rated WWE Raw at TV-PG during the Attitude Era with oversight ramifications. However, input from the network and sponsors about the content is always taken into effect. They have not heard of any direction change for WWE’s programming at this time.
Diva Dirt will update this story if any significant changes do occur.