WWE Saturday Morning Slam

Common Sense Media says

Light-duty wrestling fare has iffy messages for kids.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather educate.

Positive messages

Despite an explicit reminder to kids that they shouldn't imitate the fighting they see in the show, the WWE stars' celebrity nature glorifies what they do in the ring. Some attention is paid to fighters' sportsmanlike (or, in some cases, unsportsmanlike) conduct, but it's not a primary concern. Certain segments illustrate the WWE's involvement in positive community action projects, like an anti-bullying campaign for kids.

Positive role models

The fighters are actors putting on a show for an audience, but their celebrity status makes their actions seem more appealing than they otherwise would be. In some cases, the stars are shown involved with charities and social initiatives.

Violence & scariness

Pro wrestlers hit the mat to put on a show, with body slams and pins getting the crowd going. All of the moves look painful, and the victims bellow and grimace for effect, but it's all part of the act that is WWE wrestling. Moves that are allowed in matches targeted for an adult audience (ex. headlocks) are not permitted here.

Sexy stuff

WWE dancers wear tight outfits that accentuate their breasts and show off their midriffs. The wrestlers' gear is also tight-fitting.

Language

"Butt" is as strong as it gets.

Consumerism

The WWE and its entertainers are showcased in this series, and young viewers might be drawn to the matches and wrestlers after watching.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WWE Saturday Morning Slam is a wrestling show aimed at young kids that features interviews, Q-and-A sessions, and video montages of some of the WWE's most recognizable stars. While it's less violent than other WWE shows (certain moves, such as headlocks, aren't allowed), clips of matches are included in each episode, so you can expect to see basic wrestling maneuvers. A disclaimer reminds viewers not to replicate the wrestlers' moves, but it's always a good idea to reiterate that message to your kids yourself. While the show does devote time to showcasing the WWE's positive community projects, ultimately, it misses the mark for its young target audience, since kids will get the wrong messages from the (fake) fighting they see.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

What's the story?

WWE SATURDAY MORNING SLAM gives kids backstage access to WWE stars like Kofi Kingston, Heath Slater, and Brodus Clay. The show compiles video clips and brief interviews with the wrestling stars and showcases a match between two of the wrestlers each week. It also spotlights some of the WWE's involvement in community service programs geared toward kids.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This no-frills, what-you-see-is-what-you-get show is geared toward a much younger set than the target audience of the WWE's more over-the-top offering, Friday Night Smackdown! The actors -- er, wrestlers -- aren't quite as outlandish, costumes are minimal, trash talk is virtually nonexistent, and the violence is more kid-friendly (if there is such a thing), thanks to specific contact rules (no headlocks, for instance) and the abbreviated format for the exclusive face-offs. The behind-the-scenes format will entertain kids who are already familiar with at least some of the participants, since it allows them to see the wrestlers in an informal, unscripted atmosphere. And the show also makes a half-hearted attempt to win some brownie points from parents with reminders of the WWE's positive initiatives that reach out to kids.

The trouble with WWE Saturday Morning Slam is that it takes a fairly young kid to blindly accept this hokey "Smackdown Light" style, both in the ring and out of it, and you're probably not looking for a show that glorifies fighting for your first- or second-grader. Any older than that, and your kids will see right through the "reality" of the partial-contact fighting. What's more, if they're not already familiar with the wrestlers themselves, then there's little value to the rest of the show's content, which presumes the stars' status as celebrities in your kids' eyes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the "reality" of what kids see on TV. Does this wrestling look real to you? Why would WWE Saturday Morning Slam's creators present choreographed exchanges as real wrestling?

  • Kids: What role does violence play in the shows you find entertaining? Do you enjoy them because of the violence, or is that something you don't really notice?

  • Who are some of your role models? What is it about them that you admire? How would your opinion of them be different if they didn't always act admirably?

  • How does this show differ from WWE shows aimed at adults? Which audience do you think is more likely to appreciate it?

TV details

Network:CW
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-G

This review of WWE Saturday Morning Slam was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 13 years old Written byMyteenlife October 22, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Great!

This is the best WWE show ever! Smackdown's just dumb

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old December 22, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

not so good

i wanted this show to be 2 hours not 30 minutes

What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byTeenagain October 22, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

CW

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families