JR Blog: Comparing Austin & Orton, Future of WWE/PG Rating

Nick Paglino

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Jim Ross has posted a new blog over at JRsBarBQ.com. Below are some highlights:

"Another emailer asked if I thought WWE would forsake their PG TV rating any time soon. I am not privy to that info but my educated guess would be not at this time. I do think that there is room for the TV presentation to be a little more edgy in an organic, natural way and still stay within the confines of a PG rating. I do find it smart that the PG rating enables younger fans to engage the genre with their parents. We fans can still sample TV wrestling that isn’t PG rated that many don’t consider to be must see, compelling TV. Bottom line is that NOT being PG doesn’t equate to automatic success."

"While there are attitudinal similarities between the two,  Austin had the benefit of the Attitude Era and was the first, truly defiant, global, fan favorite mega star. Orton has comparable traits… he’s a loner…unpredictable…as edgy as he is allowed to be in his product’s current form…and of all the WWE Superstars actively competing at this time, Orton comes closest to be somewhat ‘Rattlesnake-like.’ Nonetheless Stone Cold was an ‘original’ and Mr. RKO is working on his own body of work as he continues to advance his own individuality which is exactly what he should do. The great thing about Orton, barring unforeseen injuries, is that his best days still lie ahead."

 

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