As much as I enjoy seeing new stars developed and pushed, there is no denying the fact that I love being able to watch the stars I grew up idolizing. I started watching wrestling at a young age in 1995, so I certainly got into the product at the right time. The Attitude Era would commence a short time later.
The wrestling wasn't always the greatest, but the Attitude Era spawned many great personalities, and that is what made it so much fun. Obviously Vince McMahon and the WWE as a whole have realized the marketability of stars from that time period as many of them will be competing on Sunday's card at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Here are three Attitude Era stars who are guaranteed to come up big on April 1 in Miami.
The Rock's bout with John Cena has been called the biggest match of all time, and while it may not be the most well-wrestled, there is reason to believe that it will still be one for the ages. Neither The Rock nor John Cena are in-ring marvels, but both of them have had great matches in the past under the right circumstances. I would say that at WrestleMania, in front on 80,000 fans in The Rock's hometown, this match and feud as a whole is set up to be a success.
Since his transformation into The Rock, he has had the ability to hold the audience in the palm of his hand. That applies to speaking on the mic, performing in the ring or simply walking toward the squared circle during his entrance. A big part of what makes an event or a singular match great is the way a crowd reacts to it. There is certain to be an obscene amount of Rock fans in the crowd, and provided The Rock is on top of his game as I expect him to be, he will make this WrestleMania an incredible one.
Depending upon your interpretation of when the Attitude Era ended, Chris Jericho may not have been a huge part of that time in the WWE's history. However, there is no question that he was a defining figure near the end of it. After years of being disrespected in WCW, Jericho was given the chance to spread his wings and be a main-event star in the WWE. He certainly didn't disappoint. Jericho became one of the most popular stars of the past decade.
Until recently, Jericho had been away from the WWE for about a year and a half. He returned a couple of months ago to much fanfare. Jericho has always been one of the best talkers in the business and that is clearly still the case as evidenced by his recent promos. His in-ring work is usually flawless as well, and while he hasn't had to really let loose in the ring since his return, he has shown flashes of his past greatness. Jericho will be taking on perhaps the most entertaining current star in CM Punk, so the chances of this match failing are slim to none.
It's true that The Undertaker isn't a full-fledged roster member anymore. He hasn't even competed in the ring since last year's WrestleMania. However, when it comes to wrestling's biggest stage, The Undertaker always rises to the occasion. Taker and Triple H put on a fantastic match last year despite the fact that it was between two grizzled veterans. There were no signs of ring rust from either, and I wouldn't expect any this year.
The Undertaker has to realize how much his streak and his performances mean to WrestleMania fans, so he'll go all out to show how important it is to him as well. There is a distinct possibility that this could be the final match of The Undertaker's illustrious career, and if that is the case, he'll want to go out with a bang. Seeing as he'll be facing a long-time nemesis in one of the most brutal match types around, Hell in a Cell, Taker is sure to send the fans home happy.