5 things we miss about the Attitude Era
No time or era in pro wrestling is as romanticized by fans as the Attitude Era. Fans look back at this period with rose tinted glasses and reminisce the time period when wrestling was probably the coolest thing on the planet. As WWE strayed away from the kid-friendly content of the New Generation Era to an edgier and grittier product geared at the young-adult demographic.
The days of the squeaky clean babyfaces that told children to eat their vitamins were gone and replaced with beer-swilling, foul-mouthed anti-hero’s who rebelled against the system. Violence became a major part of WWE’s offerings as fans gathered in droves to take in the hottest period in the history of pro wrestling.
It's undeniable that WWE’s rival promotions at this time, WCW and ECW helped shaped the direction of the Attitude Era to an extent, especially with WWE signing a host of former ECW originals like The Dudley Boyz and Rhyno, later followed the hardcore legend and ex-WCW star Mick Foley. The Monday Night Wars led wrestling to a period when it was a huge part of pop culture and as they say, competition breeds excellence.
Let’s take a look back at the most popular era in pro wrestling and check out the top 5 things we miss about the Attitude Era.