The Attitude had great storylines and characters. But hotshotting the WWE title was amde famous by the era. Lower card titles such as the IC title started to lose their meaning. Yes, go back and re-watch it. The IC title was a meaningless piece of shit 9after the Hardcore title, the most meaningless piece of shit title). The fact that one of the feuds for the title during that era was Jericho vs Chyna shows how much of a joke the title became.It was very hard to keep track of the IC champ back in those days. They just played hot potato a lot with it. I don't care what anyone says, to me the IC title was worthless during the AE, especially in '98 and '99.
I disagree. The current era threats the titles like thrash. World titles in opening matches, midcard titles not even defended on PPVs, random tag team matches for the title not announced for the PPV.
In the attitude Era every title was defended at a PPV like it should be (except of when champions were in Survivor Series matches, KOTR tournaments or RR matches)
You said AE had great characters and storylines and that is what counts.
Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger or Justin Gabriel might be more athletic than some guys from the AE but nobody cares if they compete for a title because they are bland and their matches and mini feuds have no real storylines.
People rather watch Vince Russo booking a 5 minutes triple threat match for the IC title between Chyna, Mideon and Godfather than a Gabriel vs. Swagger in a 20 minutes match for the prestigeous title full of headlocks and arm bars because pro wrestling lives from storylines and characters.
And the reason why Chyna was in the title picture was because she was popular.
She feuded with Jarrett and Russo wanted to end the storyline at Unforgiven 99 but the feud man vs. woman for the IC title was so well-received by fans that they continued to feud till No Mercy 99. One more proof why AE was so great, WWE listened to the fans and gave them what they want
Another trend started by the AE that exists today is makeshift tag teams. At least the bookers back then knew who to randomly pair up (Rock and Foley) but then again they also made shitty decisions (Kane and X-Pac
) Speaking of tag teams, another set of titles that that they played hot potato with- the tag titles. The AE had great, actual tag teams but it's when they started experimented with pairing any two guys together and calling them a team.
Actually not. Even if they paired random wrestlers it had a storyline behind. Kane & X-Pac, Justin Bradshaw & Faarooq, Marc Mero & Goldust, Stone Cold & Mankind, Owen Hart & The Rock etc. every tag team had a storyline and explanation why they formed a tag team.
Kane & X-Pac actually had a really great mini storyline as explanation why they team together.
In the current era you just throw 2 guys together like Matt Hardy & Great Khali and they are supposed to be a tag team.
Damien Sandow is the intellectual savior of the masses? Put him in a tag team with Cody Rhodes because he is so dashing.
Who needs an explanation for the Marella/Ryder tag team? They are both funny babyfaces, why bother and explain to the fans why they constantly team together?
Lastly, you had the Divas. Do I even need to explain? I don't think so.
Now I am confused. Divas are actually an argument that the Attitude Era was better because at least the divas wrestled longer than 3 minutes.
You had actually women who wrestled like Ivory, Trish, Lita, Molly, Jacqueline.
Excuse me if I'm wrong but if you mean that the divas were threated like sex objects in AE, well, what is the purpose of signing someone like Kelly Kelly then?
If you sign someone like Kelly Kelly then bring back bra & panties matches. If you want to threat women as real athletes then sign someone from SHIMMER and not a lingerie catalogue
To me the Attitude Era may have been (not is its) the most fun period of wrestling ever but it has affected the business negatively for those very same reasons I mentioned.
Is it today fun to watch? If making wrestling more fun to watch is affecting the business why should someone complain if that is the truth.
We watch it to be entertained. If Austin vs McMahon or Undertaker visiting the house of McMahon is affecting the business why should anyone care?
Still better than a Yoshi Tatsu vs Michael McGillicutty match what keeps the business alive.
Affecting the business negatively is when something fails, AE succeeded, it took pro wrestling to a whole new level.
Attitude Era is not the reason why the current product looks so mediocre. The current product looks mediocre because it is mediocre.
WWE 1995 sucked and there was no Attitude Era before where somebody can say "1995 is so mediocre because we had the great Attitude Era before"
The crap what happens today looks not like crap because 15 years ago WWE looked like gold