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The Attitude Era was OVERRATED

Rating: 5 votes, 3.80 average.
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.

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. jrsckilla23's Avatar
    I didn't even bother to read your blog but just your title just made me laugh you must be a CENA FAN
  2. dub's Avatar
    Good Blog Brown one. Your going to get a loooooot of hits for this one but I can appreciate you speaking your mind. As far as my thoughts go.... I do agree with you on a lot of things. I will always remember Mae Young giving birth to a glove and the affair she was having with Mark Henry, I will always remember the cursing, I will always remember the women doing panty and bra matches and I gotta say.... These were some of the worst things that the attitude era brought to the business. I mean imma guy but i was getting tired of seeing the women be used as nothing more than... well... skanks! They would always be wearing nothing when they come to the ring, they would always be involved in some im sexier than you storyline, they would always do skits where they are showering or getting dressed or leaving someones office/locker room (with a we just had sex look on their face) yada yada yada, I mean it was just rediculous. Even Trish and Lita two of the greatest womens wrestlers to step in the ring had to lower themselves to that. The attitude era was not exactly something you would wanna take your kids to see. BUT with that being said I liked the attitude era because they had soooooo many memorable in depth rivalries and matches. Remember the Ken Shamrock/Steve Blackman rivalry? of course you do.Do you remember the first Undertaker/Kane rivalry or the Stone Cold/Rock or the Jericho/Benoit or the Dudley/Hardyz/E&C rivalry, and last but not least (my favorite) do you remember the DX/Nation rivalry?!?!? MAN that rivalry was awesome! It seemed like those two factions REALLY hated each others guts. Do you remember the Lions den matches? I knoooooow you remember the TLC matches with E&C/Dudleys/Hardys. Do you remember the Chris Jericho ladder matches (with anyone he wrestled)? Do you remember the Kurt Angle shane Mcmahon match? It's just soooooo many matches and rivalries that worked back then. Another reason I liked the attitude era was beause of their ability to use ALLLLL of their top talents! Look at how many top guys they kept in the Main Event picture.... Taker, Stone Cold, Rock, HHH, Y2J, Masked Kane, Angle, Mankind but now we have Cena, Orton aaaannnnnd THAT'S IT! (I've liked punk since ROH but lets be honest, they didn't see him as a top guy until now) Another reason why I like the Attitude era is because of how different the character development of each guy was. I mean we had Shamrock, Goldust, Big Bossman, New Age Outlaws, Stone Cold, Rock, Owen Hart, Kane, APA, Hardyz, Steve Blackman, marc mero, Al Snow and all of these guys gimmicks were so unique and different. Now everyone just kinda blends into the same mold (please read my blog on "gimmicks" and geojones "where have all the charaters gone") So there are some really bad things that the attitude era brought and their are some really good things it brought. When I think of the WWE today I just think it's...Okay. It has nothing to do with the PG era. It just seems to be kinda boring at times. Remember when Buh Buh Ray power bombed mae young off the stage on to a table?(im not condoning power bombing old women on to tables) but the point im trying to make is when i saw it I was like I CANT BELIEVE HE JUST DID THAT TO A HELPLESS WOMEN!!!! WHAT A JERK!!! I think that was the reaction that everyone had in some sense. Why? because it was unpredictable, it was cutting edge, it was just un-imaginable. Will we ever see another moment like that? IDK but it's going to be mighty hard for the WWE to create moments like that again. Once again nice opinionated blog Brown One
  3. maar13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DUBS
    To be honest, long title reigns doesn't make a title prestigious. The variety of great wrestlers who hold the title makes it more prestigious.
    Not completely, I am not saying you are wrong, but you can't rely in one or the other to be absolute. I think you need a balance of both so people can care about it and at the same time increase the prestige of it.
  4. zrdt12's Avatar
    They had to take the bumps at this time. It's great to see hot women, but women like Trish and Lita were really good at wrestling in Women's standards. The difference in title prestige is that people are bored with Cena/Orton but they continue to hold the titles for days on end. It didn't really matter, the Rock may have been the only one from the attitude era that can be compared to Cena. Anyone else could be champion and it would always be good and exciting, even when Jericho retained all the time by DQ.
  5. CM_SUXX_NOT's Avatar
    fantastic read, helped by your great literacy. I'm glad somebody picked this topic to talk about. A lot of people look for the 'hardcore' moments or cussing in PG and declare 'the AE is returning!' when it clearly isn't.
    I only hear of its greatness mind; i got into wrestling just after it. it seems very very popular.
  6. BigJM'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?
    I think it is how you market the champion and the nature of the fans nowadays. Thanks to wireless phones, computers, ANYTHING to do with technology and the internet, you can look something up and keep doing so till it bores you. I think these reasons are part of the issue with today's fans. If you market a champion well and continue to make him entertaining, it title runs will get longer again.
  7. drumgod's Avatar
    you are full of shit and have way too much time on your hands. Im guess your under 15 by you blog. You were not even old enough to enjoy the 'AA' for what it was worth. Kids these days....
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