A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather educate.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
WWE dancers wear tight outfits that accentuate their breasts and show off their midriffs. The wrestlers' gear is also tight-fitting.
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"Butt" is as strong as it gets.
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Products & Purchases
The WWE and its entertainers are showcased in this series, and young viewers might be drawn to the matches and wrestlers after watching.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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