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Join Date: Dec 2004
Re: "The attitude era ruined the industry!"
The major negative of the Attitude Era is that it was so successful that it eventually eliminated the last of the WWF's competition.
That meant that none of the talents had any kind of bargaining posture or options on where to take their careers. With a WCW around, you could, theoretically, have twice as many stars and talents being groomed & developed at once. But that isn't possible now with only one major brand in town to have that.
The other way in which the Attitude Era left a negative impact was that nobody has figured out how to move past it. It was such a creative high that many promoters try to apply the same formula or constantly go back to the Attitude Era to generate a spark, but nobody seems to know how to move to the future and create a new direction for wrestling.
The Post Hogan era for the WWF only lasted a few years. It was dark times, sure, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel in the Attitude Era and they were able to grow and develop into that. Well, the Attitude Era, to me, ended in 2001. We have now been living in the shadow of that era for close to 12 years now, and I do not see an end in sight. The same stories, cliches, presentation, and even many of the stars from that era will continue to pop up for the foreseeable future and that light at the end of the tunnel just isn't there.
So if anything, The Attitude Era was almost too good. It was so influential that people almost don't know what to do except borrow from it and without the competition, the business is stagnant.