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The Attitude Era was OVERRATED

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You heard me. I think the era proclaimed by many as the "best period in wrestling" was greatly overrated. Now don't get me wrong, I liked the Attitude Era, especially for giving us arguably the two most popular wrestlers of all time: The Rock and Stone Cold, but it wasn't as great as everyone seems to remember it. Heres my reasons as to why the era wasn't as great as people think it is.

Hardcore Wrestling
I just got finished watching the infamous Mankind v Undertaker Hell in a Cell match, and the top comment read as follows: "This was back when there was good wrestling". That made me think the guy who posted it was a bloodthirsty redneck. Not taking anything away from the Hardcore Legend Mick Foley, but the Attitude Era was crammed with hardcore matches, which many fans thought made for great wrestling. It added to the match, but it wasn't wrestling. It was spots and bumps. It also had a downside - it shortened careers and caused injuries. Take for example Edge, who could have probably had a longer career if he didn't put his body through so many dangerous matches. It really disappoints me when people like the WWF mainly for their hardcore wrestling, instead of the wrestling itself.

Title Prestige

Now I've heard several people saying in the last couple of months that the WWE's titles don't have prestige anymore. Bull-f*cking-shit. People seem to remember the Attitude Era's world titles being held by the likes of The Rock, Stone Cold, Kane, The Undertaker, Mankind, Triple H and Chris Jericho. The Attitude Era marks think that the world titles being held by the popular wrestlers above gave the titles prestige, but they seem to forget how quickly the world title changed hands during that time. Remember Kane's 1 day reign? How does that add prestige to the WWF title? It doesn't. Today, we get title reigns of similar length compared to those during the time of the Attitude Era, except with wrestlers that Attitude Era marks deem as "boring" - John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz etc. But by holding on to the titles for a decent amount of time, they ARE adding prestige to them. Its just that they aren't as popular as the wrestlers of the AA.

The Women
We did get some good matches out of the women back then, but most of the time the women were only around for sex appeal. We had Tori, Trish, Sable and Lita running around in scandalous clothing, having pillow fights and mudpool matches to get the teen guys and horny men off. People complain about the current crop of Divas being unable to wrestle, but the WWF had its fair share of "no-talented" bimbos in the Attitude Era too. Unfortunately the AA fans seem to have a cloudy memory of how crappy the majority of the women wrestled back then, and replace that with memories of matches of Jazz, Trish, Molly Holly and Lita.

Misconceptions
Ever since the "PG Era" came into existence, several WWF fans have been complaining "We're sick of this PG era crap, we want the Attitude Era back!". Well the AA also had its moments of stupidity which fans tend to overlook. Remember when Mae Young gave birth to a hand? The Big Show having pooping problems? Compare that to John Cena saying "I'll kick your butt!" and Hornswoggle running through a wall. Not so different after all, are they? - they are both ridiculous. Many WWE fans complained about having horrible celebrities in the WWE - Snooki, Bob Barker etc. Yet they don't bring up the likes of Mike Tyson and Drew Carey being in the freakin' Royal Rumble!

People claimed that the wrestling in the AA was a 100% better than what Vince McMahon produced gave us after it. But several matches were short, 5 minute matches, with very little wrestling. They relied on run-ins and the use of weapons to make the crowd pop. Thats not wrestling. Wrestling is having matches of DECENT length, with great offence from both wrestlers, and using wrestling moves rather than foreign objects to make a great match. Again, not taking anything away from The Rock, Stone Cold and Triple H, but they weren't the best wrestlers alive. They were great characters, who cut amazing promos, but when I think of wrestling, I think of Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson and Kurt Angle.

In closing, the Attitude Era appealed to fans because it was produced at a time where swearing, consuming alcohol, scandly-clad women stripping and bloody matches were popular. It was good while it lasted, but times have changed. This isn't 1999 anymore, its over 10 years later, and wrestling has matured. Post your hate, thoughts and opinions below, and thanks for reading.

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  1. The Brown One's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. McMahon
    shut up, attitude era is not overrated.

    If today there were two seperate wrestling shows. WWE and WWF, WWE being the current stale predictable product and WWF being the unpredictable exciting attitude era product. If they both ran the same time on different channels every monday and friday, I can guarantee all of you IWC fans and sheep would be watching the WWF show and the ratings/buyrates for the WWF should would be creaming WWE big time, it would run WWE out of business.

    Believe me if that were to happen, you wouldn't be bitching about it, you would be watching the WWF show and so would almost every other person. You may hate to admit it but you know its ture, you wouldn't watch a kids show when you have a better entertaining alternative
    Don't you have any idea of how the world works? It was best for business for the Attitude Era to end. If it had continued past where it did, parents of children would be complaining about how violent the WWE's programming is, which would eventually cause them to go PG, because lets face it, children account for a large portion of merchandise sales, and the WWE wouldn't let those profits slip away. Also, watching Orton, Cena and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the ring, I change the channel, because most of the matches don't entertain me. In addition, the WWE isn't a kids show, as you proclaimed. Its just gone back to the PG rating, like it had decades ago, even before the Attitude Era. Being PG doesn't make it a bad product. Wrestling (minus the weapons and blood) has always been PG. Thats what wrestling is, and the PG product has given us great matches from its inception. Its also good for business, as the children who get hooked on it today will likely stay fans for a long time to come.
  2. The Brown One's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wade Barrett 1979
    Interesting read, it does stir up a lot of debate!! I don't agree on all your aspects regarding the Attitude Era being over rated! I've been watching wrestling since '85 (God I feel old) and this still remains my favourite era, giving out some of my favourite ever wrestlers!! The one point where I feel most people who've responded to this blog, including yourself, are wrong is about title prestige!!! The title being handed about all over the place has de-valued it some what and this did begin with the Attitude Era, however, it wasn't anything to do with the writers or creative, it was to do with the watching audience and our changes in attitude to the way we watched tv!! We all had our attention spans reduced to that of a hyper active 5 year old and all became part of the instant gratification culture, that now pollutes most of the crap we get on tv!!! Therefore they had to change titles more often to keep us interested and that continues to this day!!
    That is also true. Its sad, but true. People did get easily bored with someone holding the title for more than 4 months, so there were frequent title changes. Did you get bored watching wrestlers hold the world titles for so long, pre Attitude Era?
  3. Dubs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Brown One
    Yes we did have many great matches in the AA, but whenever someone brings up the Attitude Era, they think of Stone Cold, The Rock, the swearing and the blood. There weren't many great wrestlers back then. The purpose of my blog was to bring up points that people seem to overlook when they remember the Attitude Era. One of these was the wrestling, where several matches were very short and didn't have much wrestling.
    Actually, there were PLENTY of great wrestlers back then. I know what you mean when you say people overlook things in the Attitude Era but the Attitude Era is far from overrated. The Attitude Era made wrestling fun and entertaining instead of stiff and cheesy. Like I said, without the Attitude Era, we wouldn't have had the greats like Stone Cold, Mankind, and The Rock.
  4. Wade Barrett 1979's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Brown One
    That is also true. Its sad, but true. People did get easily bored with someone holding the title for more than 4 months, so there were frequent title changes. Did you get bored watching wrestlers hold the world titles for so long, pre Attitude Era?
    Actually no, because you felt it was an exclusive club! It gave those who did become champion, so much more prestige! It used to annoy me (and it still does) when the title didn't stay on anyone for long! It took the 'shine' so to speak, off someone's title reign! I suppose the difference also, was the build up used to be longer before someone got their shot at the main title, so when someone did win it, you appreciated them holding on to it for longer, as they worked so hard and for so long, to obtain it!!!
  5. The Brown One's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DUBS
    Actually, there were PLENTY of great wrestlers back then. I know what you mean when you say people overlook things in the Attitude Era but the Attitude Era is far from overrated. The Attitude Era made wrestling fun and entertaining instead of stiff and cheesy. Like I said, without the Attitude Era, we wouldn't have had the greats like Stone Cold, Mankind, and The Rock.
    The Attitude Era did make them famous worldwide, but I wish they would have stayed around for longer. I know it would take a toll on their bodies, but some on them just left the business - like The Rock. He did what he wanted, which is fine by all means, but he should have stayed for longer. However, I don't see how he would fit into the PG era either.
  6. The Brown One's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wade Barrett 1979
    Actually no, because you felt it was an exclusive club! It gave those who did become champion, so much more prestige! It used to annoy me (and it still does) when the title didn't stay on anyone for long! It took the 'shine' so to speak, off someone's title reign! I suppose the difference also, was the build up used to be longer before someone got their shot at the main title, so when someone did win it, you appreciated them holding on to it for longer, as they worked so hard and for so long, to obtain it!!!
    Then my friend you are a true wrestling fan. It seems to me that those who wanted quick title changes back in the Attitude Era didn't care about the wrestling, but the promos, and the violence. Like I've said before, great wrestlers don't single handedly make a title prestigious. Holding onto them for a long time does.
  7. Wade Barrett 1979's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Brown One
    Then my friend you are a true wrestling fan. It seems to me that those who wanted quick title changes back in the Attitude Era didn't care about the wrestling, but the promos, and the violence. Like I've said before, great wrestlers don't single handedly make a title prestigious. Holding onto them for a long time does.
    Cheers for that, it's always good to find a like minded soul!!
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