Real Reason For Kevin Owens Babyface Turn! WWE Scrapping PG Era?! | WrestleTalk News July 2019
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including the latest backstage reworkings of WWE television, the real reason why Kevin
Owens turned babyface on SmackDown, and WWE potentially leaving the PG era behind to appeal
to a teenage demographic. Press the timestamps in the video description below to be taken
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notifications, and leave us a comment answering the question of the day, which today is “Would you like to see WWE abandon the PG
era?” But today to change things up, let’s lead
with the biggest story of them all. *clears throat* JOHN CENA GOT A HAIRCUT. SOUND THE
ALARMS EVERYONE, IT’S REAL, IT’S HAPPENED, JOHN CENA’S HAIR HAS INDEED BEEN CUT. When Large Match Jonathan returned for Super
Show-down, the one with the hyphen, people weren’t talking about Buddy Murphy’s or
The IIconics incredible hometown wins, no no, they were talking about Cena’s haircut,
which made him look like JBL. Now though, it’s time to say goodbye to
the luscious locks as Cena has provided a video via WWE’s Twitter account showcasing
his new haircut and explaining why he got it cut…but he explains it all in perfect
Mandarin…okay? His new look is for a role in an upcoming
movie, but the shorter locks make him look immeasurably younger. So we can expect to
see him back for a feud with Shane McMahon before long, because that’s apparently what
the legends do now. Speaking of legends, and at Super Showdown,
the one without the hyphen this time, see it’s a very important distinction, the Omnishane’s
latest rival The Undertaker faced off against Goldberg in a match that was scarier than
Jon Moxley vs Joey Janela, but not in the right way. The match left a sour taste in
many fans’ mouths as this wasn’t the match many had expected from two legends of the
industry, with both men botching their signature offense and working unsafely. But it seems
it wasn’t just the fans who were left with a poor taste in their mouth though, as Goldberg
has now updated us on Twitter of his plans in WWE. “The only thing I need to accomplish is
to erase the feeling I have from my last performance REALLY REALLY ANGRY EMOJI.” Or maybe that’s
just the emoji of him bleeding a lot after headbutting a door, I can’t tell. It’s a shame, because Goldberg’s last
run within WWE was a near-perfect one, beating Brock Lesnar in quick fashion, entering the
Royal Rumble, winning the Universal Championship, then losing it to Lesnar in a great match.
That was a great ending Goldberg, but now WWE have dried the well up and now Goldberg
will have to wrestle AGAIN to try and get the perfect ending he already had. Well done
WWE. While WWE might have some more legends matches
on its hands, AEW have just announced a new six-man tag match for Fight For The Fallen,
and…it’s a confusing one. The frankly terrifying team of Darby Allin,
Jimmy Havoc and Joey Janela will take on the team of MJF, Sammy Guevara and Shawn Spears,
which is unusual as MJF and Shawn Spears had a kayfabe confrontation regarding Spears’
chair shot to Cody. Now the pair will have to put their differences aside to make sure
they don’t like, actually die from their opponents, which honestly, is a possibility. It’s not quite on the same level as unprotected
chair shots to the head, but WWE have also been trying to be a little more hardcore and
edgy in recent times, with Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley crashing through the stage,
Corey Graves dropping a holy s-bomb, and Kofi Kingston flipping off Samoa Joe on SmackDown.
But has this led to any results in terms of viewership? Yes. Sort of. This past week’s episode of Raw was Paul
Heyman’s first foray into running the show, and while he didn’t run the show entirely,
he reportedly worked alongside Vince McMahon to helm it, and as a result, Raw’s viewership
increased by 10%, pulling 2.496 million viewers. Things weren’t quite so peachy for SmackDown
though, which had its viewership drop ever so slightly to 1.89 million viewers. Interestingly though, while Heyman was on
Raw, it seems as though his counterpart wasn’t at SmackDown. According to John Pollock of Post Wrestling,
Eric Bischoff was not present for this week’s episode of SmackDown, despite emails being
sent out claiming that he would be. The supposed reason for this mis-fire from WWE is a miscommunication
between various departments that sent out an alert when they shouldn’t have, and it
definitely didn’t have anything to do with promoting something that wasn’t going to
happen. I’m sure they wouldn’t do anything like that. While some fans might have been concerned
that the first SmackDown after the announcement of Bischoff and Heyman taking Executive Director
roles was still down in viewership, it might be a slight relief knowing that Bischoff was
not responsible for the show, and that his influence is still to come down the line. Which means that Kingston’s middle finger
to Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley cutting a promo about putting Braun Strowman in a morgue and
Kevin Owens’ sudden face turn were nothing to do with Bischoff and were all under Vince’s
watch Well now the real reason behind Kevin Owens’ face turn has possibly been revealed. Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio
commented on Owens’ stunner to Dolph Ziggler and babyface promo earlier in the night, saying “It’s very clear that this is a babyface
turn for Owens who just turned heel a couple of months ago. I hate turns back and forth,
but originally he was supposed to be a babyface. The heel turn was just a last-ditch effort
because Daniel Bryan got hurt and now he’s getting back to where they wanted him originally.” This will no doubt be a relief to some fans,
mainly me, who want to try and see Owens thrive as a babyface. He was doing some great work
as Big O in the New Day, before the rushed heel turn again to face off against Kofi.
Now this is just a hard reset to get him back in position as one of the top babyfaces on
SmackDown, which personally, I’m here for. I think babyface Owens could be great. Want to know something else that’s great?
The Street Profits! The current NXT Tag Team Champions made their debut on Raw this past
week, cutting backstage promos by themselves, and interrupting Paul Heyman to do more shenaniganry
as The Profits tend to do. While this might just seem like a good-natured
idea, “let’s get some new faces on the show”, it seems there may be an ulterior
motive behind it. Once again on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave
Meltzer noted that this may very well have been a political move from Heyman to attempt
to secure The Street Profits for Raw. “There was a lot of politics involved in
the Street Profits thing, but they’re still technically NXT wrestlers. It was not a call-up
but they are going to be on Raw TV. I think that was a Heyman move to have new faces on
the show. When someone starts, you always want new faces, you always want young talent
and you want to create new, wild stories.” Considering that Eric Bischoff was not at
SmackDown, and isn’t scheduled to start his position as Executive Director for a few
weeks, and that Paul Heyman has the luxury of already being at Raw as an on-screen character,
it allows Heyman to essentially get a head-start over Bischoff. Bringing the Street Profits
to Raw allows Heyman to already start cherry picking some of the NXT talent he wants on
his show, while Bischoff doesn’t have the same luxury. It’s worth noting though, that The Street
Profits are still an NXT act, and their call-up to Raw wasn’t a permanent move. This was
more likely just a little tease of what’s to come for them in the future. Speaking of the future, and my goodness, it’s
all go in the WWE as of late isn’t it? The company has officially entered the OH MY GOD
PLEASE FIX OUR SHOWS phase, and it’s very, very entertaining to watch. Now though, a new report suggests that this
may be the beginnings of WWE leaving the PG era behind. As previously mentioned, WWE has been noticeably
more edy in this week of programming, with Corey Graves saying “holy s***”, Braun
Strowman and Bobby Lashley crashing through the stage and Kofi Kingston flipping off Samoa
Joe, just to name a few. On the post-SmackDown episode of the Wrestling
Observer Radio, Meltzer stated that WWE will be focusing on more salacious material and
utilising younger wrestlers to try and capitalise on a teenage audience moving forward. Meltzer then followed up on this by responding
to a fan on Twitter who asked whether this all means WWE are pushing to distance themselves
from a PG product with a simple “yes”. This was then further expanded upon, saying
that with the rise of AEW, WWE felt like they had no choice but to make the product edgier
as to not lose the teenage demographic to All Elite, which sounds shockingly similar
to what happened during the Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW. Whether or not the occasional s-bomb and a
middle finger will be enough to entice some teenagers to stick around or not remains to
be seen, but there’s no doubt showcasing some more younger talent and relying less
on the legends moving forward, such as Undertaker and Goldberg, will be a good thing for the
company. This is perhaps why The Street Profits were on Raw, why Ricochet is being pushed
in the main events, and why Andrade and Apollo Crews were showcased on SmackDown as well. The move away from a PG product is genuinely
a shocking one if it does turn out to be true, as for what seems like an eternity, it’s
been said that the PG product was crucial with building a family audience, and was necessary
for a publicly traded company to maintain relationships with sponsors and the like.
I guess, it’s only necessary when there’s not another company threatening to take away
one of your key demographics, right? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I
am legitimately excited to see where this goes. I’m excited about WWE shows. Who’d
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100 thoughts on “Real Reason For Kevin Owens Babyface Turn! WWE Scrapping PG Era?! | WrestleTalk News July 2019

  1. If you guys place a “beep” on your videos…the YouTube program scrapes your audio and knows you swore. Better off blanking our the sound with dead sound or use some other sound. Just a FYI so you guys don’t get demonitzed

  2. Going PG is one of the reasons they lost viewership. On top of micromanagement, awful writing and just becoming this clean sparkly company that feels generic.

  3. Yes, I want WWE to abandon the PG Era but WWE needs to be consistent with ratings and storylines. Keep it chill and don't mess this up

  4. Rude gestures and crude language will only take you so far. Focus on bell-to-bell in a sports-oriented format, don't shackle you best promo guys with scripted garbage, and put the ones who can't talk with guys who can. You want somebody to work from a script? Hire an actor. Don't stifle the creativity of your locker room or the best ones will bail like Moxley and Cody.

  5. Abandon PG Era??

    Sure, but why not fix story-lines =D

    If Heyman and Bischoff feel restricted, raw and smackdown could go back to the same old. I hope they last (=

  6. PG is not the biggest problem… As WT have stated – NXT is PG product and it's the best wresting show out there

  7. Yes yes a thousand no a million times over abandoned the PG era it is garbage absolute garbage sorry kids but I'm not actually sorry

  8. Scrapping the PG era is the best first step for WWE to get it's high ratings back but I'll have to see it to believe.

  9. Hell yeah they need to let go of the PG era. That shit is killing wwe. I've been saying this for the longest

  10. So all the people who were complaining that people should just accept the product and smarks etc. Now the company has admitted, apologises and is edging up their product

  11. How will Owen as a babyface go up against New Day after all he did how we get people to trust and like him more. He might as well have a lone wolf gimmick

  12. As an Attitude Era/Invasion Era kid, I have been waiting for WWE to leave this PG Era for years now. Finally, thanks to some legit competition, they decided to abondon this era. I hope the script-writing improves as well. Hopefully, Paul and Eric can help 🙂 (I am a WWE fan but I am liking the content AEW is pulling out. In my opinion, this competition good for WWE. )

  13. I mean, they don't really need to. Edgier doesn't mean better. Sure, I wouldn't mind if the product got a little more mature, but they don't need to go full Attitude Era.

  14. I can't believe TV-14 is probably back baby. What they should've did was some taping pg and some TV-14

  15. Well Heyman already lives inNew York so he has a leg up. Bischoff has to move from the freaking mountains to Connecticut

  16. This is the and repeat BEST time to be a WRESTLING fan! Knew it was coming… Vince seen what needed to be done to thrive. He let go of the sensitive PG ish and we get the attitude era back. AEW is also on the rise! NJPW is at an all-time high! Ring of Honor keeps getting better! NWA is old-school but it's alright…. 🤷🏿‍♂️

  17. Would you like to see wwe abandon the pg era?
    THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY WANTED FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS

  18. Would like to see wwe get rid of PG era but i highly doubt its going to happen. Just because graves said holy shit doesn't mean a thing its not really not that bad. Also hasn't strowman or someone big crashed through the stage before we never seen a new stage set after it happened before so why hold out hope for it now. And finally people just because you see one person giving the middle finger dosen't mean a thing its happened before something like that is subtle and will fly over most kids heads the word im looking for isn't coming to mind of what you could call it but anyways i hope you know that I mean i knowi technically missedthat segment so you would had to of been paying attentiont to the show to seen it. I would like the PG era to be down with but i don't think wwe is going to risk losing there kid demographic. Its not like someone sead something racist like Vince did so many years ago i need to see more change before I believe it all

  19. I been watching since just oli was doing it him self but I like everybody. It reminds me of =3 show that was on YouTube

  20. Oli isn't here because he tried to reply to a comment from outta the mid card vortex… Omni-Shane will rescue him

  21. The first 2 minutes of this video sucked worse than an unconscious hooker. Shut the F up and get on with the wrestling news!

  22. No offense to Wrestletalk, but I really hate when wrestling bloggers and vloggers refer to what Dave Meltzer says. He has never worked a day in the wrestling business. Just because he's a big fan or "historian" who answers questions, rates matches with stars and pays stage crew to dig up info doesn't mean jack. At least Mike Tenay, another historian, has worked in the industry and brings legitimacy. I've played video games since 1975, but I don't call myself a video game designer…I'm just a fan of games, which is exactly what Meltzer is, a fan of wrestling. Don't crap in my bowl and call it ice cream.

  23. WWE aiming for teens. Didn't WCW aim for that back in the mid 90s. Then WWE aimed for adults. AEW is aiming for adults the fans that want to see awesome promos and awesome wrestling. The only thing different is that AEW has fresh faces and don't have a butt load of guys over 40.

  24. I've been wanting the PG Era to end since it first started. To be honest I've grown use to it for 11 years now. I always said to myself and I've made videos on it in the past that if WWE went back to TV-14 the shows would be better. The AEW effect is real.

  25. is called ALL ELITE WRESTLING ….. that now the MCMAHOHNS love their BLACK PEOPLE because of ALL ELITE WRESTLING where CODY RHODES has BLACK WOMAN who is his WIFE and they KISS on TV something would never happened In MCMAHON TV LAND..

  26. Jesus 3 minutes just to get to anything relating in any way to the fricken title? What has this channel become?

  27. GoldBerg is looking for a perfect ending? But Taker had a perfect ending…..twice!!! So I guess, GoodLuck Bill

  28. I personally don't see a problem with PG wrestling on television. You can showcase an a realistic athletic contest with an interesting story around it and get people to buy into it without going full-boar on the language and violence. We associate a TV-PG product with the stupid, wacky bits and sub-par creative with no endgame and an over saturation of the same people doing the same matches 5 hours a week and with those same people doing the same matches once a month at a PPV. I Think that if WWE would piss off on the wacky, stupid bits and embrace the talent they have and structure a story around them we wouldn't be bitching about whether the product was rated TV-PG or TV-14. Look at the the original Indiana Jones movies, which are rated PG. Pure classic movies that I can watch with my kids that are generally entertaining the the majority of people and no one complains that it was missing something that a PG-13 or R rating could have given it.

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