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WWE Raw Live Wrestling - TNN (2002), NR
Analysis Date: July 29, 2002
CAP Score: 43
CAP Influence Density: 4.33

MinMax: -100

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WWE RAW LIVE WRESTLING - TNN (NR) -- ...mathematically equivalent in magnitude to R-rated movie programming.

This is the first application of the CAP analysis model to professional wrestling. If a database of wrestling analyses is to be built, it is clear we will have to develop a faster means of annotating the findings. The scoring shown is most assuredly higher than it should be. Also, the program was apparently two hours but I had to stop after one hour and five minutes, which equated to 55 minutes of wrestling. Fifty-five is approximate due to the sporadic interspersion of commercials with programming. Accurate time-keeping was not possible without a second investigator timing it all with a stop watch.

Any behavior or action taken on the part of the practitioners which would earn a point loss in regular feature entertainment in movies caused the same in wrestling. Any violence such as strikes/beatings with the hand/fist/arm or chairs/tables/trash cans, any kicks, any "bombs" or any other action not acceptable of your kids in the classroom or in routine life were counted as violent acts.

The WWE Raw Live wrestling episode broadcast on TNN on Monday, July 29, 2002 beginning at 8:00 PM was assuredly equivalent to R-rated movies. Each individual act of violence may not have been as severe as much of the violence in movies, but the sheer number of them drove the scoring through the floor.

WWE Raw Live of July 29, 2002 presented violence at the rate of 204 examples per hour (187 in the 55 minutes of the analysis) [Prov. 3:31-32]. It also presented sexual imagery at the rate of 22.9 per hour [James 1:12 - 15]. Foul language was 25.1 per hour [Prov. 17:20, Col. 3:8]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section and the CAP Thermometers will reveal this more clearly. The July 29, 2002 episode of WWE Raw Live wrestling was mathematically equivalent in magnitude to R-rated movie programming. Clearly. A CAP ID figure of 4.33 corroborates this finding. A CAP ID score of zero is best while most R-rated movies earn CAP ID scores of 1.3 to 2.0 with 3.0 as the extreme.


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  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • James 1:12 - 15 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
  • Prov. 17:20 ... and he that hath a perverse [haphak {haw-fak'}: to turn, overthrow, overturn; obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted] tongue falleth into mischief.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    WWE Raw Live Wrestling, 7/29/02 - TNN CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • wrestling/fighting violence, many
  • threats between participants

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 20 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, mostly by one of the announcers
  • arrogance
  • punk dress
  • "It's only cheating of you get caught."

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • vulgar pelvic thrusts
  • crotch kicks
  • sexual imagery, women as toys
  • anatomical reference
  • vulgar gesture
  • sex advertisement
  • sexual sign
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze in the audience

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • display of the mano cornuto , twice

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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