Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: East of the Pacific Ocean, West of London, England, South of Mars, North of Hell
Re: Golden Era vs Attitude Era, Which do you prefer?
I'm an Attitude Era guy. It was the best time for wrestling, in my opinion. The threat of WCW and the ratings war going on pretty much forced the Fed to put out compelling, awesome television every week. They did such a good job of it that they were able to mask the fact that in terms of in ring talent, by that time they were getting stretched kinda thin. Wrestling wasn't the big focus of the era, it was the storylines, and the storylines were that awesome and well done. When the Fed grabbed Jericho and the Radicalz, that gave a tremendous boost to the in ring quality. Now they had the best stories AND a solid group of the best in ring talent.
The best part about Attitude was that they really seemed to listen to what the fans at the time wanted. They didn't want to see an hour long Flair/Steamboat clinic. They wanted over the top blood, sex and swearing. They wanted Steve Austin to call Vince McMahon a son of a bitch and Stunner 5 guys. They wanted Mick Foley to take bumps off the cell. They wanted DX to piss off the Nation of Domination by doing a parody of them. And that's what the Fed gave them, and the fans overwhelmingly responded. And if you listen to the audience reactions at that time, they are absolutely thunderous. The atmosphere made the product feel so unbelievable and amazing.
Its almost like everything clicked perfectly in that time, not just for me, but for a great deal of the wrestling audience everywhere. What they did right, they did REALLY right, and that was pretty much everything.
"Without the Elite, wrestling is boring and it sucks."
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