"The Attitude Era was the greatest thing in professional wrestling EVER!!!"
"Bring back the Attitude Era!!!"
"This kiddy s**t sux! Bring back the Attitude Era!!!"
Those same quoted words from many old wrestling fans continuosly float through my mind ever since the Attitude Era ended. While that has been apart of the last ever "boom" in professional wrestling, and meliorated the oncoming odds in the Monday Night Wars against their biggest competitor WCW, I've have to say that the Attitude Era is just simply: OVERRATED.
Let's face the facts, folks. While the Attitude Era did produce many well-known stars such as Steve Austin, The Rock, and The Undertaker, and many entertaining segments and skits, wrestling fans have totally aerated that time period as the greatest thing to hit professional wrestling ever. But I say that it was the opposite of that.
First of all, many wrestling fans tend to ignore the flaws that have taken place during that time, even though it gets more painfully obvious during each passing year.
Storylines have been blown out of proportion, much of the wrestling was lackluster, and, oh yeah, did I mention that it was nothing but segments and skits?
I can proudly state that the Attitude Era came in during "the right place and the right time". Many of us were teenagers by the time, and we thirst and thrived off anything that was rude, crass, vulgar, and anti-social. No one person can argue that the Attitude Era didn't do any of the things that was listed.
Now, going back to the flaws that have taken place during that time, I've carefully researched (via YouTube) that time period and critically analyzed the product.
Nevertheless, the many wrestling fans that have said that the Attitude Era "was the greatest thing to happen to professional wrestling" are wrong. DEAD WRONG.
The fact that many wrestling fans proudly proclaim it as that just sickens me. And you know why it sickens me?
It sickens me because these same type of fans seem to be too oblivious to the fact that TNA offers the same product (which they ever so crave for), and it's that same product that we complain about everyday, (the same wrestlers were in the main event, many talented mid-carders were held back, the divas were only used for sexual attention, etc.) further proving their hypocrisy towards this business.
If one was to offer the same product today, it will just simply not work. The reason being that is because of this statement: "business runs in cycles".
A business, folks, is in fact, A BUSINESS. Businesses exist to try and develop a product that appeals to the target demographic in exchange for one thing in return: Money.
You see, with money comes power, and with power comes respect. Right now, the WWE is the only company that is still standing today that has the audacity from Vinny Mac himself to boldly boast those humble words.
We can all say that Vince always have been persistent in the face of danger, being able to rise up back up from the pit of obscurity and come back with a vengeance.
People with a vengeance usually have one goal in their mind: taking back what is theirs.
WCW was coming very, very close of putting WWE out of business, only to have everything turned upside down, with WCW being caught dead in "No-Man's Land" during the seemingly never ending "trench warfare".
All WCW could do was just throw up the white flag and surrender to the opposition that was way too powerful for them.
TNA has tried to reignite the nostalgia value by executing the exact same things I've mentioned here earlier. But the WWE clearly shows that they still stand as an almighty force to be reckoned with, causing TNA to move back to Thursday Nights because of the risk of decreasing Spike's network average.
Now, I don't want to go too in-depth into detail about the TNA situation, so I'll just ignore that disgression.
Rehashed Rivalries and Main Events
Going back to what I've said earlier, I would like to focus directly on the statement: "the same wrestlers were in the main event." This is a true statement that can be never proven false.
For example, WWE has taken two of their biggest stars during that time-Steve Austin and The Rock-and they put on many, many epic matches when encountered. Let's put more emphasis on the word: MANY.
Today's wrestling fans complained last year of WWE's cut-and-paste approach with John Cena and Randy Orton. Let's not forget, folks, WWE (along with many wrestling companies) have done this many times since their existence. Some notable examples of this are: Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan, WCW vs. nWo, and Triple H vs. Randy Orton.
Many will try to refute this argument by saying it was because the characters were more interesting and "larger than life". If that was ever the case, I'm sure I would gladly tune in to TNA Impact to see Flair and Hogan duke it out for the umpteenth time...
(This is Part 1 of 2 articles that are too long to read in one sitting. Part 2 will be up soon folks, so strap yourselves up for the ride...)