I Miss The Attitude Era of Professional Wrestling
A Look Back at the Greatest Time of Professional Wrestling.
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No era in the history of Professional Wrestling is dear to me than that of the Attitude Era. Why this part in Wrestling? Because it was one of the best. It was what made Wrestling what it is and what it should have been all along. During this time there were heroes and villains who seemed larger than life itself. Stone Cold, The Rock, Undertaker, Mankind, Triple H, Kane, and Shawn Michael were among many of the legendary greats of World Wrestling Entertainment at that time. Not even World Championship Wrestling could complete with this style of entertainment. As for Extreme Championship Wrestling, that right there was left in the dust.
Now these days, Professional Wrestling is pure trash. I do not mean that about the subject matter, I mean that about the quality of the product. Back in the days of the Attitude Era, people cared about their heroes and villains in the ring because it was pure sports entertainment. The viewers held their breath as they would watch their in ring heroes and villains duke it out in the squared circle pondering about the matches which lead up to the Pay Per View matches that made and broke wrestlers.
Yet these days when ever I see John Cena, CM Punk, among many of the new wrestlers that are on television, I am both angered and let down. I say this because I was hoping to know that the greatness of the Attitude Era had continued even when many of the Wrestlers I recall had long since moved on. However, that is not the case. Gone are the ring names that were what made Wrestling a great thing to watch. No longer are Wrestlers called something along the lines of “Shinobi” or “Dr. Destruction”. now we have Will Williamson verses Jack Jackson! Wow, so original! I must hand it to our new generation of Wrestlers who find it awesome to use their real names rather than an original ring name. (Sarcasm intended.)
Also gone were the story lines that made Wrestling something that held your breath. I recall one circumstance involved the Undertaker capturing Vince McMahon’s daughter and people were on edge when that happened. Now it seems that every other week its about how John Cena raps his was to the top like some thug want to be that is reminiscent to the average gang member.
I, as a one time wrestling fan, believe I speak for everyone who longs for the WWE to return back to its Attitude Era roots. I am stick of this trash that is now called Wrestling. This watered down nonsense is ruining the greatness of something that was once great. Bring back the Attitude Era please.
The Rock at WrestleMania X8. Skydome, Toronto, ON, March 17 2002. Taken by me, cropped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)