TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
WWE NXT TV Poster Image
Wrestling pros roughly mentor rookies in the ring.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series highlights what it takes to become a WWE star, including appearing aggressive, violent, physically powerful, and often gloating in another's defeat or injury.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The pros mentor the rookies by yelling, insulting, slapping, and challenging them to matches, which corresponds with the WWE culture. Wrestlers are almost exclusively male, though occasionally a female wrestler is visible on the sidelines.


Yelling, screaming, insulting, and shoving is frequent. Wrestling matches are choreographed to look more painful than they really are, and show wrestlers slapping, kicking, stomping, and throwing people out of the ring. Rookies sometimes incur welts and other injuries. Some Wrestlemania highlights feature scenes of wrestlers in cages, with chains, and other violent images.


Wrestlers have bare chests and wear spandex tights and/or shorts. Ring girls wear tight clothes. Wrestlemania highlights sometimes briefly show women in bikini tops.


Words like “screwed” are audible, plus plenty of general insults and name calling.


Wrestlemania match highlights are featured along with information on how to order encore presentations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 11, and 14-year-old Written byAbeJohn39023 June 29, 2013

Violent but okay

It is not that bad and kids 7 and up should probably know that wrestling is fake.but kinda violent
Adult Written byundertakernumber1fan April 17, 2011


its WRESTLING NOT ballet. there is going to be some violence and some harsh language. they are trying to teach these people about the business and what goes on... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJoseph G Dollaz June 3, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written byHugh201 August 12, 2018

Only got good when it became a development territory

This show did introduce Daniel Bryan to the WWE audience (I knew who he was because of ROH) and did cause the could of been awesome nexus angle and has occasion... Continue reading

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?

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