No Hate to Rise Above: John Cena and WWE's Attitude Era

Kyle CookContributor IFebruary 1, 2012

There are certain things that we just cannot let go of. For some, it's the stuffed animal that comforted you in countless thunderstorms. Maybe it's the memory of a sports team, good or bad (the Chicago Bears come to mind with the peaks and valleys that they have provided in my fandom). Or could it be the letter from your first girlfriend you ever had?

I really hope the latter of the choices is not autobiographical for you, because to me, that is what the Attitude Era is.

Now, before I begin, I want to say that I loved the Attitude Era. I grew up right in the height of it with The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and DX. And I would still tell you that the Rock is the greatest of all-time. The personalities reigned supreme and the matches were superb. But like that letter that you still cling on to, I would like you to just let it go.

She is not coming back. The Attitude Era is gone.

Sad to some, but as I have watched in the past seven months, I truly believe that there are some good things on the horizon. For years, the popularity of the show seemed to rely solely on John Cena. It's not a bad thing to have a face of the WWE, but when it is all you have, that's when it becomes an issue.

Now I won't say that it has returned to the prominence that it once was. But one of the things that made the WWE so great was the fact that it did not rely on only The Rock to make the product better. As they say "It takes a village."

We had The Rock and Stone Cold, and they were definitely dominant personalities. But The Attitude Era also pitted guys such as Kurt Angle and Jericho in what seemed to be subplots, and below that, you had the Dudley Boyz and Scotty 2 Hotty. 


All great, but the point that I am trying make is the fact the WWE is finally moving to the idea, that one guy cannot carry the franchise on its back. We're starting to see some personality again.

Is it the same? No; it's a different era.

But is it good? I say yes.

While the complacent John Cena has been annoying, I think that it's allowed a lot of guys to step up. Dolph Ziggler is making his name known, R-Truth is a riot and not to mention the Smackdown brand with Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett. I could go on and on, with Zach Ryder, Sheamus, Randy Orton and the ringleader of it all, CM Punk.

There is a lot of good, and currently more good than bad. In fact, my only two complaints would be the upcoming Undertaker and Triple H feud and the hard push to make the Funkasaurus a star, and those are really not even complaints.

My challenge to you "haters" out there is to put a smile on your face and forget about the past and think about the future. There is a lot of promise in the youth movement we are seeing, and that should be embraced, not dismissed.