Originally Posted by PlainSimpleCorn
So basically what people hated about the attitude era is that it "raised the bar too high!" But like I addressed before you can't blame Vince for raising the bar because at the time Vince was getting his ass kicked by WCW and it was WCW who started adopting dirty tactics. As for WCW going out of business; WCW put themselves out of business really and the only person I blame for "the current state of the business" is Jamie Kellner.
Another thing that appears to be coming up is that there were "too many chairshots!" Come on there where chairshots for years and years before the attitude era and lets face it people were bored of the old one chair shot to the head and you win thing. Lets face it people wanted something more real and extreme.
You say people wanted something more "real and extreme." By real do you mean realistic or in the sense of keeping it real? Because the Attitude Era had not a shred of realism to it. Not a lick. It pretty much destroyed any sense of the real and the unreal, which is why WWE went back to "mat based storytelling" and tried to re-educate fans on what a wrestling match was without tons of chair shots and that was a necessary step.
I think my biggest complaint with Attitude Era is that a lot of people don't seem to realize that it was just a period of time where everything clicked. You had two companies competing to one up each other, you had a public that was receptive to the edgier stuff, you had a press that was open to being worked, you had hot crowds that would cheer just about everything, and you had Vince McMahon actually trying to put over anyone who got a pop. Conditions were ideal. A lot of people seem to think that Attitude Era had some heavenly over abundance of talent when really, outside of a few guys like Stone Cold and Rock, it was just a matter of guys actually getting a push. The midcard then was no better than it was now in terms of actual talent, but they actually gave guys things to do. Hell, Taka Michinoku had things to do. True, it involved chopee-chopee-ing a pee pee, but he had things to do.
Look, I love the Attitude Era, and it was great, but it was a result of the state of the business. It wasn't a magical golden age, it was that everything was working as it should. The problem now is that WWE doesn't have to try hard, and doesn't have to compete, and so it treats its workers like garbage and doesn't bring out their full potential.