WWE: Was Last Night's Raw in the Attitude Era of 1998 or 2011?

Bryan FloryAnalyst IMarch 8, 2011

Gong...Gong...Gong. Last night's Raw opens with the Undertaker cutting a promo about Triple H. (I can't put into words how much I hate the Undertaker's Last Outlaw gimmick. At this point, he is on his last legs and doesn't need to be creating new gimmicks.) It speaks volumes that I can barely remember what the Undertaker said in the promo, too.

Following this, we have a split segment featuring the New Nexus and Randy Orton, an interesting(?) match between Christian and Brodus Clay and then a Diva's match that featured Michael Cole interrupting ever 10 seconds (actually hilarious). All of this was squeezed into about a half hour, and when you consider commercials, there were probably only about 20 minutes of live television, of which probably fewer than 10 were actual wrestling.

Throughout this same time period, we had multiple promos for Stone Cold Steve Austin's return to Raw later in the night, and saw several references to The Rock and his promo about John Cena.

Once we get to the 10 o'clock hour, we had Michael Cole bringing out JBL, then the return of Austin to be the special guest referee at WrestleMania for the Cole/Lawler match. This segment lasted about 20 minutes.

Then, it was announced that Sunny is being inducted into the Hall of Fame, followed by an interview with Shawn Michaels about Triple H.

The point of all of this is that if you turned on Raw at any point last night, you very well could have thought that we were in 1998 not 2011. And I don't know if that is necessarily a good thing.

Much has been said about the impending retirements of Triple H, the Undertaker, Edge and Rey Mysterio. Then, consider that other focal points of Raw were The Rock, Austin and Michaels. What happened to getting over the young talent?

Many people will gloss over the fact that Dolph Ziggler joined Raw last night, finally giving John Morrison something to do. These two could have had a great match. Yet, due to the need to rehash all of the superstars from the Attitude Era, their match was cut short by commercials and cut into by Vickie Guerrero's promo.

I understand that in order to generate WrestleMania interest and buys, they want to give fans the nostalgic feel of the Attitude Era, but when is it going to be time to prop up the younger guys?

Thank God that Raw did not end right after John Cena's promo, and that the Miz did not boycott after all. After the WWE made The Miz appear inferior to both Cena and The Rock (even though he is the WWE Champion) for weeks, I was glad to seem him show his dominance over Cena to end the show. Plus, his mocking of The Rock with the People's Elbow was great to see. Don't get me wrong, I love The Rock just as much as everyone else, but it is refreshing to see someone else get a chance that was being cast aside.

I love seeing all of the old superstars from when I was younger on Raw, but the WWE needs to work on building the "youth movement" to the point that they don't miss a beat when these superstars retire for good.