A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Words like "screwed" are audible, plus plenty of general insults and name calling.
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Products & Purchases
Wrestlemania match highlights are featured along with information on how to order encore presentations.
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.
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.
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