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Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

The attitude era is one of the hottest era in WWE history. It was a boom period where we saw a lot of great talent, most notably Stone Cold and The Rock, but it was also an era of change and war. At the time of the Attitude Era, WWF was in a huge war with WCW who in the early stages of the war were beating WWF in the ratings. Then in 1998 Stone Cold became WWE champion and a huge star for WWE, which shifted the momentum in the war. 1998 was probably the hottest period of the war because the two promotions were neck and neck. Then in 1999 The Rock became WWE champion and a huge star and the momentum further shifted for the WWE. Most people attribute the success of WWE in the attitude era to Stone Cold and The Rock, their two biggest stars at the time. Not to devalue other wrestlers who made names for themselves in the era like Triple H or Mick Foley, but everyone knows they were big stars.

Now a lot of people would put it down to the wrestlers, but i'm also wondering if it was more to do with the era itself. The attitude era is noted for being an era of change. WWE changed their product to a more edgier product which freshened the product up and drew a lot of fans and made lot's of money. That along with the Monday Night Wars made things really hot at the time. So I have to wonder, would Stone Cold and The Rock have been as big of stars if there was no Attitude era. What if wrestling remained the same as it did in the mid 90's when it was really stale and boring? What if it was like today? Would Stone Cold and The Rock have been able to thrive in an era that wasn't hot.

I do fully believe that The Rock and Stone Cold would have been main eventers. I think for the most part, they would also have been big stars. But maybe not as big as they became. Then again maybe i'm wrong.

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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

No.

Austin would've probably been a Roddy Piper type heel and Rock would've been a typical 80's babyface.
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No they wouldn't have been but the attitude era wasn't some idea formed by Vince. It was the likes of HHH, HBK, Austin who were unhappy with their booking and knew they were being shit on in the ratings and decided to take matters into their own hands.
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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

They couldn't have existed without it. And arguably it couldn't have existed without them.

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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

Without the Hogan heel turn to get the ball rolling I don't think any of them would have been as big as they got. I don't think there was anything else that could have generated that level of interest with the casuals. It brought people back to the product and introduced new people. From that point it as up to them to keep putting out a quality product and they did. Vince stepped up his game like never before so it was natural that the cream would rise to the top. Today's platform just isn't as big as it was. The target audience is different and Vince has flat out said that they no longer strive to put out a top quality product every week.

Imo, the only era that these two wouldn't have been top dogs in would have been the 80's. Now? Absolutely they'd be up there.

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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

In today's environment none of those 2 would be as big as they are, not even close.

Rock would probably be in the main event scene, not as The Rock but as Rocky Maivia.
WWE wanted to push Rock from the start but fans turning on him prevented that, forcing them to turn him heel.
And without turning heel and being allowed to let loose he would never develop into the Rock we now know, go watch Monday night wars special and watch some rocky Maivia promos if you want an idea of how Rock would be today. Rock would be very similar to Roman Reigns.

Austin would be screwed, they had no plans for him from the start, as soon as he would show signs of getting over they would cut off his wings, maybe even fire him.
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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

Nope. They would have been main eventers, but not near what they became.

I think it's pretty safe to say that the AE and Stone Cold/The Rock very much benefited each other. The AE couldn't have existed in the way it did without those two, and those two couldn't have thrived in the way they did without the AE.

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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

Hard to say. Probably not, because there aren't enough eyes on the product nowadays for one. Wrestling also is not cool anymore and the product has just gone in a completely different direction which takes interest away from it on a mainstream level. Without that "look", there is no getting over.

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Re: Would The Rock and Stone Cold have been as big without the Attitude Era

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No they wouldn't have been but the attitude era wasn't some idea formed by Vince. It was the likes of HHH, HBK, Austin who were unhappy with their booking and knew they were being shit on in the ratings and decided to take matters into their own hands.
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Vince and his cronies didn't form shit, they just stole the ideas from the guys below and named them "Attitude"...











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Rock would have been fine in any era, he's too electric of a personality. Not sure about Austin, he needs to get the booking behind him to succeed.
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