Re: The New Generation
The company was basically Bret, Shawn, Undertaker, Diesel, Razor, Vader, Mankind (in 96), Sid (at different times), Bulldog, and Owen. Everyone else was basically "meh." Sid was in and out, Mankind didn't debut until April '96. So, it was thin for awhile. But they were transitioning literally into the "New Generation" from the Golden Era.
I'll never understand why Vince had Macho Man on commentary for most of his last year in the company. I get that he wanted to push the new generation of guys, but having ONE big name older guy in the main event to put over the new talent could have only helped. Savage could still go in the ring in '94, and he wasn't a very good commentator, as much as I love the guy.
And this is also the period of time Vince was on trial for distributing steroids to his wrestlers. It was a very tenuous time for the WWF, to say the least. Vince wasn't even there for a large portion of time due to the trial, so it was up to others in the front office to run the company.
Still, as a kid growing up during this time period and not knowing anything like the trial that was going on, it was still pretty entertaining and did it's job. I might not have enjoyed it as much if I was older, but being in the age group I was in in the mid '90s (10 in '93, 11 in '94, 12 in '95, 13 in '96), it was perfect timing for me.
Credit for Sig &
Avy to CJ