Re: "The attitude era ruined the industry!"
The Attitude Era was ultimately damaging to the wrestling industry, in my opinion, because it created a demand for the kind of action that just wasn't really sustainable; the matches got more and more dangerous (inferno matches, first blood matches, Hell In A Cell matches), the wrestlers were expected to give more and more of themselves more frequently (during the Monday Night Wars, the direction of the TV shows meant that Nitro and Raw were giving relatively big PPV quality matches away for free each week; the success of the era meant that there were more house shows; there were at least 12 PPVs a year etc.) As well as the increased schedule, the storylines became more and more extreme because the audiences were desensitized to the violence; when I was a kid, a match could be won with a single steel chair shot - in the Attitude Era people were hit ten or eleven times, thrown through a table and still got up and kept fighting. I'd have hated to be a wrestler in the Attitude Era. It was car crash TV - entertaining as Hell but at what cost?
Last edited by the modern myth; 08-01-2012 at 08:58 AM.