A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series features wrestling matches choreographed to look violent and painful. As is typical with this kind of entertainment, it also includes lots of yelling, insult hurling, shoving, and occasional face slapping. Words like “screwed” are audible. Featured highlights of its parent show, Wrestlemania, contain some violent images and women in skimpy clothing. Kids should be reminded that the wrestling moves featured here are being performed by professionals and should never be tried at home.
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What's the story?
WWE NXT features eight pro wrestling stars mentoring eight wrestling rookies who hope to become part of the World Wrestling Entertainment tour. Each newbie is paired up with a pro like William Regal, CM Punk, and R-Truth to learn what it takes to be a true WWE fighter. As the pros challenge them to things like shouting catch phrases, hurling insults, and various wrestling matches, the rookies have to show they have what it takes to be the next new wrestling star. Commentators Josh Mathews and Michael Cole share their reactions to the events taking place both in and out of the ring, while show host Matt Striker interviews the rookies to get their thoughts about their experiences.
Is it any good?
The series combines the elements of a live event with the drama of a reality series to highlight some of the personality traits and skills WWE wrestlers need in order to be successful on the circuit. It also offers a chance for viewers to see some of today’s up-and-coming wrestling talent.
The mentoring offered here may not seem very constructive, but it is consistent with the culture of the wrestling entertainment world. The over-the-top challenges and reactions of their mentors are intended to get the rookies to perform in a way that corresponds with the show’s overall style. Wrestling fans will probably find the show a bit tamer than other WWE programs, but still find enough here to be entertained.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what really goes into professional wrestling. Did you know that wrestling originated as a sport in Ancient Greece? What kind of training do pro wrestlers have to have in order to safely perform in the ring? What is the difference between the sport and what you see in WWE shows?
How much of what you see in a WWE show is real? Is the animosity between wrestlers just a performance to entertain audiences, or is there something to it? Are the wrestlers really hurting as much as they seem to be during matches? Why do they make it look so violent? Parents: check out some of CSM’s advice about talking to your kids about some of these issues.
What is entertaining about people fighting and insulting each other? Do you think watching this kind of stuff is a way to experience anti-social behavior vicariously? Or does it influence you to imitate the behavior?