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5 things we miss about the Attitude Era

Pratyay Ghosh
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5: Violence & Profanity

The Attitude Era took violence in pro wrestling to a new level.
The Attitude Era took violence in pro wrestling to a new level.

The basic concept of wrestling, at the end of the day, is a fight between opponents which is inherently going to be some level of violent. The Attitude Era, however, took this violence to the next level. During these days, we were spoilt with over-the-top violent content on a regular basis with all kinds of hardcore and gimmick matches coming to us on a regular basis. The wrestling quality might have suffered a little from all the gimmicks and weapons but as an entertainment medium, at least for casual fans, it couldn’t get any better than these days.

Profanity is something that has disappeared from WWE programming almost altogether to the extent that Brad Maddox was fired last year for calling the audience “pricks” during a backstage promo. During the Attitude Era, the WWE was like the wild west of entertainment with profanity being the norm, rather than the exception. Insults, verbal abuse and obscene gestures were the flavor of the era and as much as we hate to admit it, that had its own unique pull.