What if it was possible to transport our favorite WWE Superstars back to the infamous Attitude Era? Which current WWE Superstar would be able to survive the TV-14 mayhem? Which Attitude Era wrestlers would you want to see that Superstar feud with?
“WWE Attitude Era: Fantasy Feuds” is a series that takes a look at five potential rivalries that could have taken place if a current WWE Superstar was performing during the Attitude Era.
The Attitude Era was never given an official time interval, but for the sake of the article we will say it lasted from 1997-2001.
In order to qualify as an Attitude Era Superstar, wrestlers cannot be a member of the current WWE roster. So, wrestlers such as The Rock, The Undertaker, and The Big Show, are not eligible to be an Attitude Era Superstar.
Superstars who are retired (like Edge) or currently compete in other major promotions (such as TNA) are eligible to be an Attitude Era Superstar.
The first installment of "WWE Attitude Era: Fantasy Feuds" stars the former WWE champion: CM Punk.
During his short WWE career, Shamrock captured the Intercontinental Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship. He also won the 1998 King of the Ring tournament.
When Shamrock came to the WWE, he had years of MMA experience. He incorporated that experience into his wrestling style, which made him a very exciting Superstar to watch.
A CM Punk and Ken Shamrock feud would be successful because both athletes have a very unique style of wrestling. They are both technically gifted Superstars who have a tremendous amount of endurance.
Both Superstars have a wide array of submissions that they use in order to weaken their opponents. In fact, they both use submissions as their finishing maneuvers.
CM Punk and Ken Shamrock have a lot in common when it comes to the physical aspects of wrestling. However, Shamrock and Punk are complete opposites when it comes to talking on a microphone.
Shamrock is a man of few words. He would come to the ring, beat you up, and then leave.
On the other hand, CM Punk talks about beating you up before the match, beats you up, leaves, and then talks about how he beat you up.
A feud between CM Punk and Ken Shamrock would be exciting to watch.
In 1998, X-Pac returned to the WWE after being released from WCW. As most of you know, X-Pac was a member of one of the most famous factions in WWE history, Degeneration X.
During his WWE career, X-Pac captured two European Championships, two Light Heavyweight Championships, four WWE Tag Team Championships, and one Cruiserweight Championship.
CM Punk and X-Pac would create an entertaining feud because they are talented, agile, and live very different lives outside the ring.
Punk and X-Pac use their speed and agility to get the upper hand in their wrestling matches. Both Superstars are notorious for using their feet and execute quick, powerful kicks in order to wear down their opponents.
When it comes to outside the ring issues, it’s no secret that these two are polar opposites.
CM Punk lives a straight edge lifestyle, which means he doesn’t smoke, drink, or do any drugs.
X-Pac isn’t straight edge and likes to party.
In order to spark a feud, CM Punk could call out X-Pac and say that he isn’t living life the right way.
The feud would be something similar to the epic CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy rivalry back in 2009. Both Punk and Hardy took personal shots at each other and all of their matches had a sense of realism to them.
A WWE feud between CM Punk and X-Pac would be exciting and entertaining, especially due to the lack of restrictions on TV-14 programming.
Mick Foley made his WWE debut in 1996. Before he came to the WWE, he wrestled in ECW and other small promotions.
Right now, Mick Foley is semi-retired.
During his run with WWE, Foley captured three WWE Titles, one Hardcore Title, and eight WWE Tag Team Titles. He is also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
A feud between CM Punk and Mick Foley would be successful because they have an amazing work ethic and already have history with one another.
CM Punk was the WWE champion for over 400 days because he always had a plan up his sleeve. He would do anything in order to avoid defeat.
Mick Foley would take an unbelievable amount of pain and punishment in order to pick up a victory. He was (and still is) a fan favorite and was involved in many high-risk, memorable moments throughout the Attitude Era.
Punk and Foley have crossed paths before. Foley tried to help Punk become a better WWE champion and gave him advice on how to earn people’s respect.
The Second City Saint didn’t listen.
A CM Punk vs. Mick Foley feud would be intriguing to say the least. Like I said before, a TV-14 environment opens up a lot of new opportunities for entertaining television.
Perhaps the final bout between the two Superstars could take place inside Hell in a Cell?
Kurt Angle made his WWE debut in 1999. Before he came to the WWE, Angle won a gold medal in amateur wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games.
During his time in WWE, Kurt Angle captured four WWE Titles, one World Heavyweight Title, one United States Title, one European Title, one Intercontinental Title, and one Tag Team Championship. He also won the 2000 King of the Ring tournament.
As of today, Angle is a top star at TNA Impact Wrestling.
CM Punk vs. Kurt Angle is one of the most exciting feuds I can think of. They are technical wrestling machines and they both think that they are the best in the world. Angle and Punk are both tremendous talkers as well.
Punk and Angle could start a feud based solely on competition and jealousy. Kind of like the Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar rivalry in 2003.
Both Angle and Punk are intelligent wrestlers. They always think before they act. Seeing these two Superstars square off in the middle of a WWE ring would be a dream come true.
If a CM Punk vs. Kurt Angle feud happened during the Attitude Era, we would see 5-star matches, hilarious promos, and one of the best feuds in professional wrestling history.
Kurt Angle has even called out CM Punk on Twitter (h/t Wrestling Observer). Too bad Twitter wasn't around during the Attitude Era...
Stone Cold Steve Austin made his WWE debut in 1995. Before arriving in the WWE, Austin was competing in WCW and ECW.
During his time in WWE, Stone Cold won six WWE Titles, two Intercontinental Titles, four WWE Tag Team Titles, three Royal Rumbles (record), and is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. He also won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament.
A CM Punk and Steve Austin feud would be successful because both of them have revolutionized a specific time period in WWE history.
WWE has also hinted a match between the two megastars.
Both CM Punk and Stone Cold have done something historic that helped them rise to the top of the WWE.
After winning the 1996 King of the Ring, Steve Austin gave a famous speech, and took the WWE by storm.
Stone Cold became the most popular wrestler during the Attitude Era. He always gave thought provoking promos and never listened to authority.
Since Punk’s 2011 famous speech on Raw, people began to view him in a different light. Punk is down to earth and speaks the truth, whether we like it or not.
CM Punk was the WWE champion for over 400 days. His WWE Title reign ranks among the best in professional wrestling history.
If Stone Cold and CM Punk feuded during the Attitude Era, they would have created countless memories. Both Punk and Austin are phenomenal wrestlers and are two of the best talkers in the business.
Anything they did in the Attitude Era would result in instant success.
Will we see CM Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at this or next year's WrestleMania? Do you think we will ever see a match between the two?
I hope so.
Which Superstar would you like to see in next week's edition of WWE Attitude Era: Fantasy Feuds? Who would they feud with? Let me know your suggestions in the comments below!
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