WWE has a list of banned words that they don’t want spoken on their programming. It seems that another city name found its way onto their list.

In case you need a refresher, the latest list of banned words includes: “Blood, choke, belt, strap, diva, head shot, trauma, kayfabe, Mofos, house show, DQ, The Anti-Diva, spinal injuries, victim, violence, violent, wrestling, wrestlers, WWF, wifebeater, curb stomp, phrases including the word ‘push’ and ‘being over,’ babyface, heel, job, jobber, card, strangle, kill and murder.” Interestingly enough, Goldberg used “kill” in his promos directed at Bobby Lashley throughout their entire Crown Jewel program.

WWE also added Raleigh to their banned words list, something the company denied. Then again, they kept up that trend by not saying “Ontario” as the location for SmackDown. Instead, as noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the company’s announcers were instructed to say “Southern California” instead.

For whatever reason, “Ontario” was banned from being used on the air and instead they used the term “Southern California.” I never knew anyone thought Ontario had a connotation of bush leagues. 

WWE wants to maintain a certain feel for their shows. Apparently, admitting that they held a show in Ontario, California didn’t mesh with their desired outward appearance.

We will pay close attention to this situation in case WWE denies banning Ontario just as they did with Raleigh. Regardless, WWE announcers did not namedrop those cities and many fans noticed. Obviously, they would have said Ontario if they were instructed to do so. The choice to say “Southern California” instead was an apparent one.

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Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

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