As the WWE faces the struggle of decreasing ratings on their flagship show, Monday Night RAW, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is more focused on mundane wrestling terms with his latest decree.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Wrestling-Edge), McMahon has banned the term “backbreaker” from being used on television when the move is executed. Meltzer says that McMahon simply does not like that term and that is why he has banned it from being said on television.
The example that is referenced in the article mentions Mr. Money in the Bank Sheamus and him using a version of that move on television last night on RAW. The announce team did not refer to his move, known as the Irish Curse Backbreaker with the “backbreaker” part of the name. So, it appears that will be the case going forward.
It is stated that McMahon occasionally does this for several things and terms that he no longer wants to be spoken. For instance, not too long ago, it was reported that championship titles cannot be referred to as “belts” anymore bur rather as “titles.”
Actually, Bleacher Report compiled a list of several of McMahon’s quirks and issues within the WWE. Among the listed issues are his issues with overly excited announce teams, nobody being allowed to be referred to as “junior,” use of pronouns and so much more.
But the first change that we hear of from McMahon is him banning the term “backbreaker,” which does not sound like an encouraging sign.
The Inquisitr reported a few days ago that McMahon was looking to change WWE programming after last weeks installment of RAW garnered its worst rating in nearly two decades. The possible reasons as to why RAW did so poorly that were mentioned included the show being three hours long, lack of main event caliber superstars, and general distaste from fans about the current product.
In the grand scheme of things, this change is a small one and something that fans would have likely never realized had it not been pointed out. Also, it likely has something to do with the fact that WWE is PG and the term “backbreaker” sounds violent. But with the WWE slowly banning several terms and moves, such as the curb stomp, it’s getting frustrating when routine names and moves in wrestling are slowly banned for unexplained reasons.
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