The WWE has been under PG programming since shifting from their edgier content in 2008, but it appears that will shortly be coming to an end.

According to Andrew Zarian of Pro Wrestling Observer, WWE will be shifting from PG programming to a TV-14 rating, which will begin on the next edition of Monday Night Raw on July 18th.

If this report is true, it certainly comes at a strange time considering the controversy surrounding the WWE at the moment.

This comes nearly a month after initial reports of an investigation into WWE CEO Vince McMahon regarding a relationship with a former employee, which included a $3 million settlement and a non-disclosure agreement between the two. Things only got worse surrounding the controversy surrounding McMahon, as more details emerged last week of even more non-disclosure agreements that McMahon has made over the years, which total more than $12 million over the past 16 years.

Regardless of the timing of this announcement, many around the pro wrestling world appear to be excited about a return to a more edgy product moving forward with this new TV-14 rating.

While some are excited about this potentially changing the product for the better, others believe that this won’t change much when it comes to their content moving forward.

The critics of this decision are likely right considering how big the WWE has gotten since they were truly an edgy product, and how many corporate partners would likely not want to be associated with that kind of content on television nowadays.

It’s a far different time than when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was swearing every sentence and drinking a countless number of beers on television every week, and anyone expecting that to return will almost certainly be let down. That being said, maybe this could allow for some interesting storylines that could bring back the older audience lost when they moved to a PG product.

[Andrew Zarian]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.