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Linda McMahon Speaks On WWE Going PG, Vince McMahon, Attitude Era

Linda McMahon spoke with Sports Illustrated recently about her role with WWE and Women’s Leadership LIVE. Here are the highlights.

On Vince McMahon:

“I’ve yet to meet anyone like him. I was the honors student and the civic leader in my hometown, and Vince was the local badass. There was a little bit of that bad boy aspect that I think was incredibly appealing, and it must have been–we’ll have our fiftieth anniversary this coming August. He’s one of the smartest people I know, and a very shrewd businessman.”

“Obviously, you play a role on television. Stephanie is obviously not this overly aggressive, over-the-top, very bad women that she portrays on television. She’s this wonderful, gregarious, fantastic mom, accomplished professional, respected in many segments–it’s no different than any other actor who plays a role. Vince McMahon is as progressive a thinker as anyone.”

On if she played a role in WWE going PG:

“That wasn’t me, so much, moving to a PG-rating. The development of WWE programming, over time, has mirrored the market place. During the time that WWE was in the ‘Attitude Era,’ which was TV-14–if you looked at television programming and movies that were produced, they were edgier during that same time frame. Then, as that opinion shifted, WWE’s opinion shifted, as well, and sponsors had different demands. It was more of a family-friendlier audience to come back to PG-TV.”

You can read the entire interview at this link.


  • Mister Who

    Do you believe what Linda says? It’s like she trying to wash off the blame from her hands

  • Mister Who

    I’m thinking cena had something to do with this, I remember he admitted in an interview years ago, that he gave the PG idea to Vince and he went all with it, all because of the kids, and then cena said missed the blood and TV 14 content? I don’t believe what he says, what a hypocrite, WWE is still crappy

  • JAckh45

    Bullshit. Everyone knows WWE shifted to PG because someone was dumb enough to run for political gains, thus having to shut down said “edgier” content attached to her.
    If there was any type of competition around when the shift happened, WWE wouldn’t of survived more than a year maybe 2.