Re: Best year for the Attitude Era?
Best to worst and actually the way it happened.
97 - Matches and storylines were awesome. Hart finally allowed to be himself on the mic. Austin turning face, yet remaining incredibly badass. Michaels being untouchable. Taker having a well deserved long title reign with the inclusion of Paul Bearer and eventually, Kane. Foley giving his famous sit down interviews with Ross that really showed to his talent. Rock joining the nation and starting to build his persona.
98 - Austin and Mcmahon was as hot as it would ever be. Taker got to evolve his character and got a solid slow heel turn. HHH took on the leadership role. Rock got even more over and pulled an excellent swerve and joined the corporation. Great moments like the beer bash, Austin winning back the title after KOTR, Bang 316, Val Venis in all his glory. XPAC actually over. New Age Outlaws get to show their skills.
99 - Austin/Mcmahon still hot, but lost steam as the year went on. Taker, while more complex as a character turned kind of cartoony. Kane turned into a lover (Tori) and then a jobber. HHH was beginning to come on, but wasn't really over much in this year.
Foley and Rock had some amazing bits this year.
00 - Start this off with a disclaimer: I didn't watch all of 2000 because I had just entered 8th grade and was starting to get girlfriends and go out more frequently. From what I saw though. WM2000 was a mess with very few redeeming qualities. Austin was gone for most of the year. Foley retired. Jericho, Benoit, Saturn, and Malenko were all nice additions, but didn't come close to the Austin, Rock, Taker, Foley, HHH level of upper midcard to main event that had preceded it. Everyone got so see how truly irrelevant and somewhat useless Big Show was. Angle had a great year and tag team wrestling really began to gain steam.