Leaked Internal WWE Memo Reveals Banned Terms & Phrases

Posted by Matt Boone October 17, 2013 6 Comments

A leaked memo that dates back a few years revealed a few things about specific term-usage in WWE. Vince McMahon apparently banned the phrase, “Granddaddy of them all” when referring to WrestleMania. Apparently the feeling is that the phrase makes the show feel dated and old. Additionally, no one is allowed to use the word “choke” when describing various submission holds. The Undertaker’s “Hell’s Gate” finisher was also renamed “Triangle Submission Hold” (despite the fact that it’s actually a gogoplata, which isn’t exactly the triangle choke commonly seen in MMA, even though it looks similar. Gogoplata’s are much more rare, and the only one that comes to mind is Nick Diaz’s gogoplata submission victory over Takanori Gomi at one of the final PRIDE events in the U.S., where the outcome was overruled due to Diaz popping hot for marijuana in his post-fight drug test).

Other banned phrases include “title changes hands,” which is mainly directed at the WWE announcers, and comes from WWE producer Kevin Dunn. Also, McMahon has banned terms such as “Five Star Match” and “Match Of The Year.” Additionally, WWE announcers were informed that they should no longer read “dirt sheets” with the feeling being it influences what they might say or refer to in commentary.

Stephanie McMahon sent a memo out to the announcers, informing them that they are never to use the phrase “the referee didn’t see it” when a heel is doing something behind the referee’s back. Stephanie wrote in the memo that it makes it seem like the announcers are treating the fans like they are in grade school. She wrote that she would prefer phrases such as “the referee’s vision was impaired,” or “the referee’s vision was blocked.”

The words “hatred” and/or “hate” were banned, as well as “blood” or references to bleeding. Finally, the announcers were told never to say a talent doesn’t care about winning a particular match.

[Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter]

  • jerichoooo

    So stupid and pointless.. let them say what they say, let it be what it is. No point in trying to think about what millions of people might think.

  • Harry Lorenzo Goode

    So basically they want everyone to say nothing? Gotta love Vinnie mac’s logic

    • Guest4578965321367

      Id actually be ok if Drunk, Asshole, and the Pedophile didnt talk at all during Raw. Either that or bring back JR and pair him with Regal.

  • Ice

    What’s the big deal if they say those things anyways? Its not hurting anyone.

  • Colonel Duke LaCrosse

    “the only one that comes to mind is Nick Diaz’s gogoplata submission victory over Takanori Gomi at one of the final PRIDE events in the U.S., where the outcome was overruled due to Diaz popping hot for marijuana in his post-fight drug test”. If you win a professional mma fight after smoking weed, then your victory should count double and the loser should be fired. If you can’t kick a stoners ass, you have no business being a professional mma fighter.

  • david hanniford

    They are getting to out of hand with banning the phrases that wrestling started with. Blood is blood and a choke is a choke. The WWE is getting to be too much of politically correct. Drop the crap and say what is really going on.

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