To many WWE enthusiasts, no era will ever surpass the Attitude Era, which ran from 1998-2002. It is common knowledge that Stone Cold Steve Austin was the genesis and commencement of the WWE's Golden Era, which started on March 29, 1998, one night after Austin dethroned Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV. By May 2002, the Attitude Era was over and its biggest star, Austin, had walked out of the company due to a supposed feeling of being "burnt out."
The Attitude Era was far different than Hulk Hogan's Rock and Wrestling Era of the mid-to-late-1980s and Bret Hart's family-oriented early-to-mid-1990s. Without the Attitude Era, Stone Cold wouldn't have been able to flip his boss Vince McMahon the bird. Maybe we wouldn't have seen Sable's voluptuous body scantily clad. Nor would we have seen Mae Young give birth to a hand or Mark Henry kiss a man.
If Austin was the focal point of the Attitude Era, then Sable was certainly its sex symbol. Additionally, Sable was the top female competitor in WWE at this point as she won several Women's Championships. Sable personified both brawn and beauty in the ring and was key to the Attitude Era.
Austin wasn't the limits of the Attitude Era, as other superstars like the Rock, Kane, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and HHH (DX) were near the top of the food chain. Though Austin was the main champion over this four-year period, many others rose to the top as the Attitude Era kick-started countless young careers.
Perhaps the only thing missing from the Attitude Era was "the superstar of the '90s," Shawn Michaels.
Without further ado, here are 25 things we loved about the Attitude Era.