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 that it lasted from 1997 to 2001.
1. Active members of the WWE roster cannot be used as an Attitude Era superstar, unless they have specific dates (1997-2001) assigned to them.
Example: The Rock and Kane are not eligible to be Attitude Era superstars; however, The Rock (1998) and Kane (2000) are.
2. Former WWE superstars who are retired (like Edge) or currently compete in other major promotions (such as TNA) are eligible to be an Attitude Era Superstar.
3. Attitude Era superstars can be used more than once throughout this series.
Of course, comments are greatly appreciated and if there are any suggestions on how to improve the rules of Fantasy Feuds, please feel free to let me know.
The fifth installment of "WWE Attitude Era: Fantasy Feuds" features the most over superstar in the WWE today, Daniel Bryan.
Kurt Angle made his WWE debut in 1999. As most of you know, before he came to the WWE, Angle won a gold medal in amateur wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games. He is the only Olympic Gold Medalist in professional wrestling history and Angle would go on to use that character/gimmick throughout his WWE career.
Kurt Angles WWE Accomplishments
Six-time world champion; United States champion, European champion, Intercontinental Champion; Hardcore champion; tag team champion; 2000 King of the Ring; Wrestler of the Decade (Wrestling Observer Newsletter); TNA Hall of Famer (2013).
As of today, Kurt Angle competes in TNA wrestling and has won multiple championships. The Olympic Gold Medalist was also inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame earlier this year.
If Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan started a rivalry in the Attitude Era, it’d be very difficult for us fans to pick a decisive winner or a clear-cut favorite. Both Angle and Bryan would be extremely over with the WWE universe and they are two of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time. There is no disputing that fact.
Angle and Bryan are two professional wrestlers that share a lot of similarities. They are both submission specialists, fan favorites, above average on the microphone and are technical wrestling machines that could wrestle each other for days.
No doubt, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan would have put on some incredible, exciting and compelling matches back in the Attitude Era. Who knows, if Kurt Angle decides to end his career in the WWE, we may see this dream matchup actually happen.
Before becoming a singles competitor, Shawn Michaels was a member of a tag team known as The Rockers. In 1991, Michaels shocked the world and betrayed his partner and friend, Marty Jannetty. It was a smart move, because HBK went on to become one of the greatest and most talented professional wrestlers of all time.
Shawn Michaels’ WWE Accomplishments
Four-time world champion; three-time Intercontinental Champion; six-time tag team champion; European champion; two-time Royal Rumble winner (1995, 1996); two-time five star match recipient (1994, 1997); WWE Hall of Famer (2011).
As of today, Shawn Michaels is retired from professional wrestling and is the host of MacMillan River Adventures. MRA is in its third season and it’s safe to say, this dude loves to hunt.
A Shawn Michaels and Daniel Bryan feud just makes sense. When it comes down to the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Michaels will always be at the top of the list. Once Bryan's wrestling career is finished, I have no doubts that the Dragon will be in that “GOAT” conversation as well.
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All jokes aside, this feud and series of matches back in the Attitude Era would have been awe-inspiring and billed as a classic teacher vs. student matchup. Michaels trained Bryan early in his career and a feud between the two would have been both entertaining and memorable.
Former WWE superstar Eddie Guerrero made his WWE debut as a member of The Radicalz. Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn made up the heel faction and came to the WWE from WCW in the year 2000. Eddie would find a great amount of success in his professional wrestling career and put on countless top-notch performances. He loved the fans, and the fans loved him back.
Eddie Guerrero’s WWE Accomplishments
World champion; four-time tag team champion; two-time Intercontinental Champion; two-time European champion; United States champion; WWE Hall of Famer (2006); Voted Most Charismatic Wrestler (2004, 2005) by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Eddie Guerrero tragically passed away in November 2005.
Latino Heat was one of the most charismatic and technically gifted professional wrestlers of all time. Despite being a heel for most of his career, the fans absolutely adored and respected him for putting his body on the line every night.
A feud between Guerrero and Daniel Bryan back in the Attitude Era would have truly been something special, especially if they were booked to compete in a 30 Minute Iron Man match or something along those lines. Now tell me, who wouldn’t want to see that?
Like Bryan, Eddie wasn't only an extremely agile and gifted technical wrestler, but he wasn’t afraid of taking chances and performed a lot of high-risk moves to pump up the crowd.
If Eddie Guerrero and Daniel Bryan feuded back in the Attitude Era, professional wrestling fans would still be talking about their matches today.
In 1998 Jeff Hardy (along with his brother Matt) made his official WWE debut as a member of the infamous tag team known as the Hardy Boyz. After years of teaming up with Matt, Jeff became a singles competitor and went on to become one of the most popular, exciting, extreme and unpredictable superstars to ever step foot in a WWE ring.
Jeff Hardy’s WWE Accomplishments
Three-time world champion; seven-time tag team champion; four-time Intercontinental Champion; three-time Hardcore champion; light heavyweight champion; European champion; Wrestling Observer Newsletter Feud of the Year Winner (2009, CM Punk).
As of today, Jeff Hardy is a popular, main event superstar over in TNA and has won numerous championships.
Whether you love or hate him, there is no denying the fact that Jeff Hardy has given his heart and body to the WWE universe for almost a decade. He’s been a part some of the most extreme moments in WWE history, and a feud with Daniel Bryan during the Attitude Era would have been phenomenal.
Hardy was/is a daredevil and a high-flyer while Bryan is one of the best technical wrestlers in WWE today. The clash in styles would mix perfectly and no doubt, these two could have put on some classic matches.
Of course, Hardy would always steal the show and give his best performances when it came to gimmick matches, but just imagine Hardy vs. Bryan in a Ladder or TLC match back in the Attitude Era. There are no words to describe how entertaining and exciting that bout would be.
The one thing that Hardy and Bryan have in common is that they always give it their best and leave everything in that ring. These two superstars would have had a tremendous feud during the Attitude Era.
Former superstar Chris Benoit made his WWE debut as a member of The Radicalz. Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn made up the heel faction and came to the WWE from WCW in the year 2000.
Chris Benoit’s WWE Accomplishments
World champion; four-time Intercontinental Champion; three-time United States champion; tag team champion; 2004 Royal Rumble winner (first entrant); voted best technical wrestler (1994, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004) by Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Chris Benoit passed away in June 2007.
Talking about Chris Benoit the wrestler, there are very few who were better. The Rabid Wolverine and Daniel Bryan would have wrestled circles around anybody back in the Attitude Era. These two superstars are eerily similar when it comes to their in-ring style and performance. In fact, Bryan uses Benoit’s old "Diving Head Butt" signature move every now and then in matches.
Like most of the Attitude Era superstars showcased in this slideshow, Benoit was a fantastic technical wrestler and was one of the greatest submission specialists ever.
If Chris Benoit were still here today, I bet he would be the first to jump at the opportunity to wrestle Daniel Bryan. The rivalry and series of matches these two could have had back in the Attitude Era would have been intriguing and undoubtedly outstanding.
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