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.
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