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Unfortunately, where there were major set-backs were in the women's wrestling department. By the time the PG era had begun, fan favorites like Wrestling/TrishStratus and {{Wrestling/Lita}} had ended up retiring due to injuries or other opportunities, and the Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch had restocked the roster with less experienced models or women from non-wrestling backgrounds hired primarily for their looks. By 2009, the women's division did actually include a good mix of actual wrestlers - such as Wrestling/MickieJames, Wrestling/BethPhoenix, Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Wrestling/JillianHall, Wrestling/KatieLea, Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart (who debuted in this era) and the return of Wrestling/GailKim after she had become a star in TNA - and several former Diva Search contestants or model hires came into their own as wrestlers such as Wrestling/MichelleMcCool, {{Wrestling/Layla}} (who formed Team Wrestling/LayCool), Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/KellyKelly, Wrestling/AliciaFox and Wrestling/{{Maryse}}. The period looked to be promising - as the PG switch would presumably force WWE to focus less on T&A, and a second women's title was introduced for the Smackdown brand (the Divas' Championship). However, WWE's booking led to match times getting shorter (by 2011 it was considered a good week on Raw if a Divas' segment got five minutes), a lack of effort into consistent storylines, ridiculous restrictions like "no punching" or "no kicking", an extreme GirlinessUpgrade, several women actually getting punished for their matches being "too good"[[note]]Melina and Michelle [=McCool=] if you're curious[[note]] and ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' being considered the worst time of year for the women as a result. The two women's titles were unceremoniously unified in 2010, to the dismay of most of the roster - with a second not being re-introduced until 2016 with the return of the brand extension. Gail Kim notably took to her Twitter to criticise the poor treatment of the women, before quitting in the middle of 2011. A few females who would become prominent players in later years - Wrestling/AJLee, the Wrestling/BellaTwins, {{Wrestling/Naomi}} and {{Wrestling/Kaitlyn}} - would debut in this era. Women's wrestling website ''Website/DivaDirt'' was established during this time too, providing an outlet for women's wrestling fans.

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Unfortunately, where there were major set-backs were in the women's wrestling department. By the time the PG era had begun, fan favorites like Wrestling/TrishStratus and {{Wrestling/Lita}} had ended up retiring due to injuries or other opportunities, and the Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch had restocked the roster with less experienced models or women from non-wrestling backgrounds hired primarily for their looks. By 2009, the women's division did actually include a good mix of actual wrestlers - such as Wrestling/MickieJames, Wrestling/BethPhoenix, Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Wrestling/JillianHall, Wrestling/KatieLea, Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart (who debuted in this era) and the return of Wrestling/GailKim after she had become a star in TNA - and several former Diva Search contestants or model hires came into their own as wrestlers such as Wrestling/MichelleMcCool, {{Wrestling/Layla}} (who formed Team Wrestling/LayCool), Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/KellyKelly, Wrestling/AliciaFox and Wrestling/{{Maryse}}. The period looked to be promising - as the PG switch would presumably force WWE to focus less on T&A, and a second women's title was introduced for the Smackdown brand (the Divas' Championship). However, WWE's booking led to match times getting shorter (by 2011 it was considered a good week on Raw if a Divas' segment got five minutes), a lack of effort into consistent storylines, ridiculous restrictions like "no punching" or "no kicking", an extreme GirlinessUpgrade, several women actually getting punished for their matches being "too good"[[note]]Melina and Michelle [=McCool=] if you're curious[[note]] curious[[/note]] and ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' being considered the worst time of year for the women as a result. The two women's titles were unceremoniously unified in 2010, to the dismay of most of the roster - with a second not being re-introduced until 2016 with the return of the brand extension. Gail Kim notably took to her Twitter to criticise the poor treatment of the women, before quitting in the middle of 2011. A few females who would become prominent players in later years - Wrestling/AJLee, the Wrestling/BellaTwins, {{Wrestling/Naomi}} and {{Wrestling/Kaitlyn}} - would debut in this era. Women's wrestling website ''Website/DivaDirt'' was established during this time too, providing an outlet for women's wrestling fans.


Unfortunately, where there were major set-backs were in the women's wrestling department. By the time the PG era had begun, fan favorites like Wrestling/TrishStratus and {{Wrestling/Lita}} had ended up retiring due to injuries or other opportunities, and the Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch had restocked the roster with a brand new bunch of superstars...but quite a few of whom were hired primarily for their looks rather than for their athleticism or in-ring skill, leading to a less skilled roster, more formulaic match settings and feuds, and overall a serious de-valuing of women's wrestling on the world's largest stage until the next era began.

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Unfortunately, where there were major set-backs were in the women's wrestling department. By the time the PG era had begun, fan favorites like Wrestling/TrishStratus and {{Wrestling/Lita}} had ended up retiring due to injuries or other opportunities, and the Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch had restocked the roster with a brand new bunch of superstars...but quite a few of whom were less experienced models or women from non-wrestling backgrounds hired primarily for their looks rather than looks. By 2009, the women's division did actually include a good mix of actual wrestlers - such as Wrestling/MickieJames, Wrestling/BethPhoenix, Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Wrestling/JillianHall, Wrestling/KatieLea, Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart (who debuted in this era) and the return of Wrestling/GailKim after she had become a star in TNA - and several former Diva Search contestants or model hires came into their own as wrestlers such as Wrestling/MichelleMcCool, {{Wrestling/Layla}} (who formed Team Wrestling/LayCool), Wrestling/EveTorres, Wrestling/KellyKelly, Wrestling/AliciaFox and Wrestling/{{Maryse}}. The period looked to be promising - as the PG switch would presumably force WWE to focus less on T&A, and a second women's title was introduced for the Smackdown brand (the Divas' Championship). However, WWE's booking led to match times getting shorter (by 2011 it was considered a good week on Raw if a Divas' segment got five minutes), a lack of effort into consistent storylines, ridiculous restrictions like "no punching" or "no kicking", an extreme GirlinessUpgrade, several women actually getting punished for their athleticism or in-ring skill, leading to a less skilled roster, more formulaic match settings matches being "too good"[[note]]Melina and feuds, Michelle [=McCool=] if you're curious[[note]] and overall a serious de-valuing ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' being considered the worst time of year for the women as a result. The two women's titles were unceremoniously unified in 2010, to the dismay of most of the roster - with a second not being re-introduced until 2016 with the return of the brand extension. Gail Kim notably took to her Twitter to criticise the poor treatment of the women, before quitting in the middle of 2011. A few females who would become prominent players in later years - Wrestling/AJLee, the Wrestling/BellaTwins, {{Wrestling/Naomi}} and {{Wrestling/Kaitlyn}} - would debut in this era. Women's wrestling website ''Website/DivaDirt'' was established during this time too, providing an outlet for women's wrestling on the world's largest stage until the next era began.
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And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] mid-card shuffling, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.

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And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or At least, they did at least half of them did, as first, but more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] mid-card shuffling, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.


And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] work, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.

Speaking of the brands, there was a decreased emphasis from 2009 on for the identities for either, as RAW and Smackdown began to showcase wrestlers from either brand on their shows without making much of a big deal of it, to the point that in 2011, there was effictively no split in place, which meant that the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Championship were effectively two major titles...without shows that made it important to exist in the first place. This was fixed in a unification match, creating the WWE-World Heavyweight Championship.

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And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] work, mid-card shuffling, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.

Speaking of the brands, there was a decreased emphasis from 2009 on for the identities for either, as RAW and Smackdown began to showcase wrestlers from either brand on their shows without making much of a big deal of it, to the point that in 2011, there was effictively effectively no split in place, which meant that the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Championship were effectively two major titles...without shows that made it them important to exist as separate entities in the first place. This was fixed in a unification match, creating the WWE-World Heavyweight Championship.


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Unfortunately, where there were major set-backs were in the women's wrestling department. By the time the PG era had begun, fan favorites like Wrestling/TrishStratus and {{Wrestling/Lita}} had ended up retiring due to injuries or other opportunities, and the Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch had restocked the roster with a brand new bunch of superstars...but quite a few of whom were hired primarily for their looks rather than for their athleticism or in-ring skill, leading to a less skilled roster, more formulaic match settings and feuds, and overall a serious de-valuing of women's wrestling on the world's largest stage until the next era began.


In 2008, Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the MurderSuicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}}) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she really didn't want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes of making it. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

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In 2008, Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the MurderSuicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}}) Wrestling/VinceMcMahon) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she really didn't want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes of making it. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served WWE well, it was time for a new direction.



And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of [[Wrestling/WWERaw RAW]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown Smackdown]] work, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.

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And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Wrestling/RandyOrton and Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of [[Wrestling/WWERaw RAW]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown Smackdown]] Raw]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] work, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.


[[caption-width-right:350:The WWE has a new [[TheAce Ace]]...[[MemeticMutation AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The WWE has a new [[TheAce Ace]]...ace]]...[[MemeticMutation AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!]]]]


[[caption-width-right:350:The WWE has a new ace...AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The WWE has a new ace...[[TheAce Ace]]...[[MemeticMutation AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!]]CENA!]]]]


In 2008, Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she really didn't want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes of making it. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

And that new direction would be the old direction. It was decided to go back to the kinder, gentler days of the [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenAgeEra Golden Age]]. The violence and vulgarity began to be scaled back, and WWE returned to the (mostly) family-friendly product it was in the 1980s. Like back then, when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] was running wild, they needed a big name star to build their Federation around.

And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Randy Orton and Batista, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived ECW; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of RAW/Smackdown work, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.

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In 2008, Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide MurderSuicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}}) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she really didn't want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes of making it. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

And that new direction would be the old direction. It was decided to go back to [[LighterAndSofter the kinder, gentler days days]] of the [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenAgeEra Golden Age]]. The violence and vulgarity began to be scaled back, and WWE returned to the (mostly) family-friendly product it was in the 1980s. Like back then, when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] was running wild, they needed a big name star to build their Federation around.

And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly. This was also a big year for players like Randy Orton Wrestling/RandyOrton and Batista, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived ECW; Wrestling/{{ECW}}; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of RAW/Smackdown [[Wrestling/WWERaw RAW]]/[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown Smackdown]] work, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.



The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over WWE for a while. The back-half of the era was also the genesis of CM Punk's main event run, which frequently made dramatic and slightly edgier twists and turns as he brought certain characters (even the normally incorruptible John Cena) to their breaking points.

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The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over WWE for a while. The back-half of the era was also the genesis of CM Punk's Wrestling/CMPunk's main event run, which frequently made dramatic and slightly edgier twists and turns as he brought certain characters (even the normally incorruptible John Cena) to their breaking points.


But not before making [[Wrestling/CMPunk one person]] ''very'' unhappy...[[Wrestling/RealityEra along with a host of their fans.]]

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But not before making [[Wrestling/CMPunk one person]] ''very'' unhappy...[[Wrestling/RealityEra [[Wrestling/WWERealityEra along with a host of their fans.]]


Speaking of the brands, there was a decreased emphasis from 2009 on for the identities for either, as RAW and Smackdown began to showcase wrestlers from either brand on their shows without making much of a big deal of it, to the point that in 2011, there was effictively no split in place, which meant that the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Championship were effectively two major titles...without shows that made it important to exist in the first place. This was fixed in a unification match, creating the WWE-World Heavyweight Championship.



Technology also changed quite a bit from the beginning of the era all the way into the next, as it coincided with the release of Hi-Definition TV, and the biggest change of all in 2014; the launch of the subscription service known as the WWE Network, which promised RAW, Smackdown, the newly revamped NXT, and a back catalog of every RAW, Smackdown, NXT, past-PPV, and the tape libraries of every property the WWE had bought over the past 50 years. All for a low, low price of 9.99 a month. This is important because during the lead-up to it's launch and during it's initial launch period, it was hammered into fan's heads over and over again.

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Technology also changed quite a bit from the beginning of the era all the way into the next, as it coincided with the release of Hi-Definition TV, and the biggest change of all in 2014; the launch of the subscription service groundwork for what would soon be known as the WWE Network, which promised RAW, Smackdown, the newly revamped NXT, and a back catalog of every RAW, Smackdown, NXT, past-PPV, and the tape libraries of every property the WWE had bought over the past 50 years. All for a low, low price of 9.99 a month. This is important because during the lead-up to it's launch and during it's initial launch period, it was hammered into fan's heads over and over again.
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In 2008, Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The WWE has a new ace...AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!]]
In 2008, Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she really didn't want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes.hopes of making it. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served WWE well, it was time for a new direction.



And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly.

Another major change was the overhaul of the WWE's farm system. Florida Championship Wrestling, which was where WWE hopefuls were sent to train, was rechristened as Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}. The NXT concept was originally as a reality show for a while where WWE hopefuls got to train and learn under mentors in the hopes of getting a WWE Contract.

The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over WWE for a while.

All in all, while many preferred the edgier product of the Attitude Era, there were relatively few faults with the PG Era, and it would set the stage for the direction for WWE in the future.

to:

And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly.

Another
quickly. This was also a big year for players like Randy Orton and Batista, who would have multiple title reigns over the course of the era. This would also mark the years in which several mainstays for the next decade would begin their careers; some on the main roster, others in the revived ECW; which operated largely as a trial run for younger, less established talent as well as veterans in need of a new place to go after years of RAW/Smackdown work, and then finally shelving it quietly in 2010.

That didn't mean there was nowhere for the young guns to hone their craft however, as another
major change was the overhaul of the WWE's farm system. Florida Championship Wrestling, which was where WWE hopefuls were sent to train, was rechristened as Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}. The NXT concept was originally as a reality show for a while where WWE hopefuls got to train and learn under mentors in the hopes of getting a WWE Contract.

Contract, but was eventually retired and re-vamped into a more conventional hour long wrestling program on the newly launched WWE Network, which immediately began receiving rave reviews due to the far more wrestling oriented programming and fantastic characters.

Technology also changed quite a bit from the beginning of the era all the way into the next, as it coincided with the release of Hi-Definition TV, and the biggest change of all in 2014; the launch of the subscription service known as the WWE Network, which promised RAW, Smackdown, the newly revamped NXT, and a back catalog of every RAW, Smackdown, NXT, past-PPV, and the tape libraries of every property the WWE had bought over the past 50 years. All for a low, low price of 9.99 a month. This is important because during the lead-up to it's launch and during it's initial launch period, it was hammered into fan's heads over and over again.

The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over WWE for a while.

while. The back-half of the era was also the genesis of CM Punk's main event run, which frequently made dramatic and slightly edgier twists and turns as he brought certain characters (even the normally incorruptible John Cena) to their breaking points.

All in all, while many preferred the edgier product of the Attitude Era, there were relatively few faults with the PG Era, and it would set the stage for the direction for WWE in the future.future.

But not before making [[Wrestling/CMPunk one person]] ''very'' unhappy...[[Wrestling/RealityEra along with a host of their fans.]]


In 2008, the Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced the WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served the WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

And that new direction would be the old direction. It was decided to go back to the kinder, gentler days of the [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenAgeEra Golden Age]]. The violence and vulgarity began to be scaled back, and the WWE returned to the (mostly) family-friendly product it was in the 1980s. Like back then, when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] was running wild, they needed a big name star to build their Federation around.

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In 2008, the Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced the WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served the WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

And that new direction would be the old direction. It was decided to go back to the kinder, gentler days of the [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenAgeEra Golden Age]]. The violence and vulgarity began to be scaled back, and the WWE returned to the (mostly) family-friendly product it was in the 1980s. Like back then, when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] was running wild, they needed a big name star to build their Federation around.



The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over the WWE for a while.

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The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over the WWE for a while.


In 2008, the Wrestling/WWE found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced the WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served the WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

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In 2008, the Wrestling/WWE Wrestling/{{WWE}} found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced the WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. Additionally, WWE CEO Linda [=McMahon=] (the wife of company chairman Vince) was eyeing a run for U.S. Senate and she want the company’s image to tarnish her hopes. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served the WWE well, it was time for a new direction.



And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did.

Another major change was the overhaul of the WWE's farm system. Florida Championship Wrestling, which was where WWE Hopefuls were sent to train, was rechristened as Wrestling/WWENXT, and was treated as a reality show for a while where WWE hopefuls got to train and learn under mentors in the hopes of getting a WWE Contract.

The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form, and would run roughshod over the WWE for a while.

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And they had just the man for the job. They took the former white rapper "Doctor of Thuganomics" Wrestling/JohnCena and turned him into the next heroic babyface. His "take your vitamins, say your prayers" would be "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect." And crowds ate it up. Or at least half of them did.

did, as more hardcore wrestling fans got sick of his ubiquitous presence quickly.

Another major change was the overhaul of the WWE's farm system. Florida Championship Wrestling, which was where WWE Hopefuls hopefuls were sent to train, was rechristened as Wrestling/WWENXT, and Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}. The NXT concept was treated originally as a reality show for a while where WWE hopefuls got to train and learn under mentors in the hopes of getting a WWE Contract.

The PG Era wasn't entirely squeaky clean, however. One of the most ruthless stables since the Attitude Era, Wrestling/TheNexus, would form, form out of the ashes of the NXT reality show, and would run roughshod over the WWE for a while.


And that new direction would be the old direction. It was decided to go back to the kinder, gentler days of the [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenEra Golden Era]]. The violence and vulgarity began to be scaled back, and the WWE returned to the (mostly) family-friendly product it was in the 1980s. Like back then, when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] was running wild, they needed a big name star to build their Federation around.

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And that new direction would be the old direction. It was decided to go back to the kinder, gentler days of the [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenEra [[Wrestling/WWEGoldenAgeEra Golden Era]].Age]]. The violence and vulgarity began to be scaled back, and the WWE returned to the (mostly) family-friendly product it was in the 1980s. Like back then, when [[Wrestling/HulkHogan Hulkamania]] was running wild, they needed a big name star to build their Federation around.


In 2008, the Wrestling/WWE found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced the WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggresionEra had served the WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

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In 2008, the Wrestling/WWE found itself in familiar territory. Once again, changing times forced the WWE to go back to the drawing board and redesign themselves to stay relevant. With the untimely demise of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and the murder/suicide of Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, a lot of attention was focused on the health and wellness of professional wrestlers. While the rough-and-tumble days of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra and the Wrestling/RuthlessAggresionEra Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra had served the WWE well, it was time for a new direction.

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