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Monday, February 1, 1999

SLAM! Wrestling Guest Column

Take a pill, it's only wrestling

By MARY CATHERINE -- For SLAM! Wrestling

You know, I really do not understand all the uproar that has occurred over the WWF's "new attitude" lately. There have been several comments from people stating that this new product is "inappropriate for children" and that Raw should be moved to a later timeslot on TSN here in Canada. I really cannot understand what all the fuss is about. Sure, the WWF is a little {well, maybe more than a little} more raunchy than it used to be, but doesn't anyone understand that Raw and Nitro and all those wrestling shows are just TV programs?

Raw, Nitro, Seinfeld, Jerry Springer, General Hospital....they are all television shows. They are all a bit different from each other, but the basic premise is that they are all shows with certain characters that travel through certain storylines each time the show airs. {with the exception of Springer} Why does everyone seem to take wrestling so seriously? You don't see parents groups acting up over the latest escapade in a soap opera, do you?

I, for one love the WWF's new approach. Perhaps that is due to the fact that I am in their target 18-34 year old market. I don't want my wrestling to be the simple good guy versus bad guy every week. I don't want to be told to drink my milk and take my vitamins....that's kid's stuff. The WWF , however; is not kid's stuff and it is in the hands of the parents to know what their children are watching. The parents should not be blaming the WWF for their new product or TSN for airing Raw at 9pm because their children say "Suck it". They should be blaming themselves, their babysitters and whoever else is in charge of their kids for letting them watch the WWF's program and take it to heart.

A new timeslot for Raw is not the answer to all the degenerate children out there. There are many more, equally offensive shows that air earlier or around the same time as Raw and no one complains. Remember, wrestling is not for real. Just because Billy Gunn moons an authority figure, doesn't mean you should too. Just the same as if a fight breaks out on Jerry Springer, it doesn't mean fighting is cool. It's just on TV. Jerry Springer airs in most parts of Ontario at 10 pm. The same time as the second hour of Raw. The Comedy network in Canada airs Kids in the Hall at 7pm! Kids in the Hall is much worse than Raw when it comes to profane language and sexual references, and yet I don't see many people complaining about it's time slot.

Just because Raw is inappropriate for you, does not mean it is for me, or anyone else for that matter. The WWF does not need people causing mass uproars over their product to tell them that something needs to be done. If people are so offended by it, it's simple. Don't watch it. When the ratings drop, the WWF will know when it is time to tone it down. The parents and guardians out there need to decide what is appropriate for their children and stop blaming the wrestling promotions for influencing their children's behaviour. If you really think about it, when wrestling is influencing a child that much...something needs to be done anyway.

So I say to all the concerned parents, teachers and authority figures out there : Know your role and....just kidding, I just think everyone should take it easy when it comes to wrestling. If you don't like something, change the channel. It's only a TV program after all, and it's as every bit inappropriate as Jerry Springer, Kids in the Hall or soap operas are for kids. The wrestlers are there to entertain, just let them do their jobs. If you do not want to see it, no one is forcing you to watch. Besides, if you do not like Raw, there is always that other tamer program on that other channel...I think it's called Monday Night Nyquil or something.....

Mary Catherine is from Sarnia, Ontario, and can be emailed at

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