Back in the Attitude Era everything in the WWE turned to gold including tag team matches. The most memorable tag teams came together in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. My favorite tag teams were those who brought charisma and character. The tandem also has to have a reason they’re together and a common goal. During the Attitude Era my favorite tag teams were The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy), The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and Devon Dudley) and Edge and Christian. These teams had great chemistry together. The teams were entertaining in and out of the ring. One of my favorite battles between the three teams came in 2000 at Summer Slam in a Tables Ladders and Chairs match. These teams had a lot of bad blood and a score to settle, they also wanted a piece of gold. Prior to Summer Slam Mick Foley decided to schedule a TLC match. All three teams were familiar with each object brought into the match. The Dudley Boyz were known for their expertise with tables, Hardy Boyz known for their aerial assault, and Edge and Christian known for their creativity with steal chairs. A TLC was a perfect fit for an already perfect promo. This fight is like no other fight in WWE today. Each superstar in this bout was willing to risk their body to entertain the fans and they were damn successful. This is arguably the most entertaining fight in WWE history check it out I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon, King of the Ring Street Fight
King of the Ring 2001 is home to one of the greatest matches of all time. In order to have a great match the two superstars must have great chemistry, an entertaining feud, and the willingness to risk their body for the fans while in the 20’ X 20’ squared ring. In Kurt Angle/Shane McMahon’s street fight in 2001 this battle had all three.
The feud began when Shane McMahon interrupted Kurt Angle’s Olympic Gold Medal Ceremony on Monday Night Raw. Shane O’Mac announced what he thought was more important news, his WCW is coming back. Angle in disbelief that his award ceremony was interrupted gave McMahon an Angle Slam.
Once the two got to King of the Ring everything was set for a great match largely because of their superior chemistry and respect for one another. The match begins with Angle and Shane O’Mac grappling and both showing off their skills. It really starts getting interesting however when the match gets outside of the ring. Both guys are willing to risk their bodies at any cost to please the fans and they did so in this battle. McMahon takes a beating from Angle throughout the fight however the worst is when Angle tosses McMahon through the glass. McMahon failed to go through the glass three times and takes three blows to the head as a result. After Shane has been bloodied and beaten to a pulp he is carted into the ring where he keeps going at it with Angle and eventually pulls off an Angle Slam on Kurt. Angle kicks out. After blows are traded and Shane is catapulted to the turn buckle Kurt gets Shane on his shoulders and performs an Angle Slam from the top rope and finishes off one of the best matches of all time. Check it out!
Before I start writing about present day WWE I felt like I had to get this post off of my chest. The difference between wrestling in 2012 and the “Attitude Era” is astounding. The “Attitude Era” a time period that ran from the 90’s to the early 2,000’s consisted of iconic and electrifying superstars such as The Rock, Stone Cold, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Undertaker and many more. Monday Night Raw was a must watch every week, and PPV’s were hard to pass up. Pay-Per-View buy rates were at an all-time high and popularity was booming. Feuds between characters gave viewers the entertainment that kept all ages interested. In a segment known as “This Is Your Life” featuring The Rock and Mankind, the “Attitude Era” set the record for the highest viewed television program in Monday Night Raw history. Remember this is in a time in which we didn’t have social networking like we do today. Meaning people tuning in were calling their friends to grab their remote and change the channel to Raw Is War. The best wrestler in today’s generation John Cena, would have a tough time finding himself a main event billing due to the amount of superstar talent in the late 90’s. Cena struggles to electrify fans like The Rock and Stone Cold, and storylines in present day wrestling have become dull. Not only are the superstars better in the “Attitude Era” but also the announcers. Jerry “The King” Lawler and Jim Ross was a killer tandem. Lawler still holds a chair next to ringside and Ross is there every now and then however it’s clearly not the same. I always loved how JR (Jim Ross) knew every inch of the human anatomy and he let you know that in every battle. The tandem built up matches perfectly and set the stage for the stars. The boss Vincent Kennedy McMahon was also more invested throughout this time period. McMahon is a genius and a great actor. Feuds that included McMahon and the McMahon family were television gold. Words can’t describe the difference between the two eras, any wrestling fan wishes WWE could get back to the way it used to be. To get a little taste of what the “Attitude Era” was like check out one of my favorite matches between The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in Wrestlemania 17. Here’s the promo! If you continue to search throughout youtube you’ll find the match.