The WWE makes a big deal these days pointing out that they are programming appropriate for the entire family, highlighting things like their Make-A-Wish visits, anti-bully campaigns and help fighting breast cancer. They also make an effort to let the public know they are serious about concussion, drug abuse and keeping their wrestlers healthy.
Even today, things slip through the well-regulated cracks and you get the occasional chairshot to the head, as happened with Roman Reigns and Sheamus at the recent TLC pay-per-view and wrestlers still bleed unintentionally once in a while. Turn the clock back a little bit and you’ll find a time when the WWE actually embraced things that made them more cutting edge.
The WWE called Monday Night Raw during The Attitude Era a PG-13 program, but if you take a look at its product during that time, there were plenty of segments that were R-Rated, carrying over to their even raunchier pay-per-view and home videos. While business was up during this time, there were a lot of parents and veteran wrestlers who were vocal at their displeasure of the content at the time.
Even Vince McMahon reportedly didn’t like the direction his show was taking and once the competition was gone, he returned to the more family-friendly fare that he built his empire upon in the 1980s. Yes, they’ve cleaned up their act, and adult programming rarely ever happens these days, so now is as good a time as any to look back at 19 of WWE’s Most R-Rated Moments.
19 Vince McMahon degrades Trish Stratus
18 Girls Gone Wild... or Mild
17 Kiss My A$$ Club
16 Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar: Hell in a Cell
15 The Al Wilson Storyline
14 The Introduction of The Thong
13 Chairshot Nightmare
12 The Kat vs. Terri Runnels saga
11 Benny Hill Would Be Proud
10 Those Are Some Shot-Guns
9 Undertaker vs. Mick Foley: Hell in a Cell
8 And Then There Were Breasts
7 Climb Aboard the Ho Train
6 The Antics of D-X
5 No Contest For This Wet T-Shirt
4 Not All Skin is Good Skin
3 The Wetter the Better
2 Throw Your Hands in the Air
1 1. The R-Rated Superstar Proves It
As icons like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin were fading in the latter parts of their career, the WWE needed to build new champions and one of the guys who got a turn with the ball was Edge. After a highly publicized real-life affair with Lita, the WWE incorporated it into a storyline and cast the two as forbidden lovers. After a defense of his title at a pay-per-view, Edge announced the next night on Raw he’d hold a live sex celebration to close the show. Around 10:55 p.m. that night he and Lita were in a bed, in the middle of the ring, legit pulling each other’s clothes off. Proof was when the sheet was pulled to the side showing Lita was actually topless. Think about it...the WWE was OK with its champion pretending to have sex in the middle of the ring. Toss in the nudity and you know why Edge’s nickname was the R-Rated Superstar.
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