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 had been 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.
Once an Attitude Era wrestler has been featured in a feud, they cannot be used again. This means that a current WWE Superstar will not be feuding with every main eventer from the Attitude Era because that would leave poor/weak options for future articles.
The second installment of WWE Attitude Era: Fantasy Feuds stars "The Next Big Thing" Brock Lesnar.
Test made his WWE debut in October 1998. He was introduced to the WWE Universe as a bodyguard for the band Motley Crue. Yes, an interesting background/gimmick for a wrestler, but Test was a physical specimen and stood over 6'6".
Shortly after his debut, Test joined Vince McMahon and The Rock in the heel-wrestling stable known as The Corporation.
In his six-plus years in the WWE, Test won numerous championships, including two WWE Hardcore Titles, two WWE Tag Team Titles, one European Title and one Intercontinental Title,
Test and Brock Lesnar would have created an entertaining feud in the Attitude Era, because they are almost identical when it comes to size and strength. Also, they have wrestled each other only once before, so it would have been a fresh feud.
Lesnar has the edge when it comes to strength and power, but Test would have been able to hold his own and throw Lesnar around himself. Usually, I'm not a fan of "big man matches," but Test vs. Brock Lesnar would have been interesting to see.
The only match between Test and Brock Lesnar came during the 2002 King of the Ring Tournament. Lesnar defeated Test and went on to win the entire event.
Sadly, Andrew Martin (Test) passed away in 2009 due to a drug overdose. He may not have won any major championships during his time in the WWE, but he was dedicated to the business and was an entertaining character.
Shane McMahon became a regular on-screen character for the WWE in 1998. Like Test, Shane joined his father and became a member of The Corporation.
Although Shane wasn't technically a professional wrestler, he gave the fans a number of memorable matches and took part in countless death-defying stunts.
Shane was a member of the WWE roster from 1998-2009 and had some success when it came to winning championships. He is a one-time WWE Hardcore Champion and has also won the European Title once.
A feud between Brock Lesnar and Shane McMahon would be heavily one sided and have an obvious outcome, but their matches would be full of spots and dangerous maneuvers. Shane played a bad guy on WWE TV, but the fans often cheered him for his bravery and resilience in matches.
Even though Brock Lesnar would win the majority of their matches, Shane would pull out all the stops in order to overcome the Next Big Thing. Shane has an impressive resume when it comes to defeating top WWE stars.
He has victories over WWE legends such as Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and The Big Show.
The overall feud may be one sided, but there is no doubt that Brock Lesnar and Shane McMahon would give the WWE Universe a number of entertaining matches.
Tazz made his WWE debut at the 2000 Royal Rumble by choking-out the undefeated Olympic gold medalist, Kurt Angle.
Before he came to the WWE, Tazz was a very popular Superstar who made a name for himself in ECW.
Unfortunately, Tazz only wrestled in the WWE for two years before his wrestling career was cut short due to injuries. However, Tazz found a passion as a color commentator and became an announcer for WWE from 2002-2009. Right now, Tazz is an announcer at the TNA promotion.
Throughout his WWE career, Tazz became a three-time Hardcore champion and a WWE Tag Team champion.
Brock Lesnar and Tazz would have been an entertaining rivalry in the Attitude Era, because it's a feud that never happened before. Also, they have never had a match together.
Lesnar is taller and more powerful than Tazz, but the Suplex Machine was tough, gritty and always ready for a fight. Judging by his success in ECW, Tazz would have been a formidable opponent for Lesnar because of his willingness to win. Tazz could sure as Hell take a beating, but he could dish it out as well.
Tazz and Brock Lesnar would make an interesting and intriguing feud.
Throughout their year-plus year career (as a group), The Oddities never managed to capture any gold, but they did win Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Worst Tag Team of the Year" award in 1998.
The Oddities started out as a heel faction made up of "freakish" wrestlers. After their leader, The Jackal, left the group, they were turned into a face stable. After their face turn, they started to dance after every match, whether they won or lost.
They had an interesting/embarrassing gimmick, but every time they came out with the Insane Clown Posse ( who performed their entrance music), the fans in the arena would go absolutely nuts. I guess that's what was cool in the late '90s.
The Oddities are on this list for the sole purpose of getting destroyed by Brock Lesnar. Lesnar taking on The Oddities (with the Insane Clown Posse) would be far more entertaining than anything The Great Khali and Hornswoggle are doing right now.
Who wouldn't want to see Brock Lesnar in a feud with Golga, Kurrgan, Giant Silva, Luna and ICP?
Shawn Michaels made his WWE re-debut in 1988 as a member of the memorable tag team known as The Rockers. In 1991, Michaels went solo and became one of the most popular WWE Superstars of all time. He is arguably the greatest professional wrestler of all time as well.
Throughout his WWE Hall of Fame career, Michaels captured four World Titles, three Intercontinental Titles, six Tag Team Titles and a European Title. Aside from championships, Michaels is a two-time Royal Rumble winner (1995,1996) and currently holds the record for the most five-star matches in WWE history.
If Shawn Michaels and Brock Lesnar feuded during the Attitude Era, then the WWE Universe would have witnessed exciting and entertaining matches that would still be talked about today Hell, even if they feuded now, I bet they could put on some unbelievable performances.
For the past year and a half, Brock Lesnar has been involved in a feud with Triple H, who is Michaels' best friend. In August 2012, Lesnar applied the Kimura Lock on Shawn Michaels and broke his arm.
Rumors say that Lesnar and Michaels will cross paths once again leading up to the Triple H and Lesnar match at WrestleMania 29. But of course, rumors are rumors.
It's a shame that WWE fans never had the chance to witness a one-on-one match between Lesnar and Michaels. Both Superstars will go down as two of the greatest performers the industry has ever seen.
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 box below!
Check out the week 1 edition of "WWE Attitude Era: Fantasy Feuds" featuring CM Punk.
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