Chris Jericho’s latest-WWE return brought back smiles, as well as ruthless aggression involving him and Bray Wyatt. Before the feud even began, it was an obvious prediction that both men would bring absolute gold in the ring and on the microphone. After a few promos and a great match at Battleground, the WWE Universe was proven to be right in their assessments. However, that’s not the most interesting part.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, both the Wyatt-Jericho feud and the Stephanie McMahon-Brie Bella program included interesting segments which could insinuate that the PG product is slowly fading away.
“In the latest Raw report, recaps the Highlight Reel segment from Raw with Bray Wyatt and noted some slow changes within WWE with blood and some of the wording used on the show. They’re also using the word ‘b***h’ more and this week they used it during the first hour.”
First and foremost, this is purely speculation at this point, but the facts are there and in solid condition. Since the initiation of the PG era in 2008, blood always remained as a rare part of the show. Often times, WWE even tried to hide blood when it was clearly an accident.
On top of the “no blood” rule, swearing didn’t continue unless somebody like the Rock or Stone Cold came back and could use that sort of language without question. For example, both men use cuss words in their signature catchphrases. The WWE simply cannot rule those out completely.
It’s an interesting observation made by the Newsletter that a change could be coming in production and philosophy. With Triple H and Stephanie taking over for Vince McMahon, a lot of different thoughts, superstars, and theories will be put into place. Some of them are occurring sooner rather than later.
For example, the signings of KENTA, Prince Devitt (rumored), and Kevin Steen (rumored) are a HHH idea. NXT is entirely Triple H’s idea. Building the young ROH stars is HHH’s idea. Think back to the late-1990s/early-2000s and give me five Indy superstars that Vince McMahon pushed to the moon and back. They were all muscle men with a few anomalies.
WWE’s Performance Center was also HHH’s idea, and it just celebrated its one-year anniversary. Trainer Bill DeMott had this to say about the Performance Center and Triple H’s baby becoming a giant.
“I thought he was a little nuts in a good way. Think big, right? Think big, make big things happen and that’s what he did.”
HHH thought big and succeeded in a major way. The change in WWE seems to be coming at a very slow rate, but the effects of that are visible now more than ever. Expect a lot of different things being thrown at the WWE Universe in the coming months. It may look a bit different than last year.
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