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Re: What superstars today do you think would have fit in perfectly in the Attitude Er
Let us analyze the attitude era. This time period in WWE's history was largely driven on edgy segments and promos as oppossed to the in ring product albeit some great matches came from the time period. Now naturally, you would need charisma, which was ultimately the driving force and common denominator of guys who succeeded. If you were a bigman, you at least had to have presense to get over ala Big Show and Kane. For smaller wrestlers, delivery on the microphone on a consistant basis was a must to be a top guy. Since the attitude era was so storyline based, it was an huge bonus if you had the ability to have chemistry with whoever you were inserted with ala The Rock. Physical acting skills certainly helped the likes of Kane and Mick Foley as well. In my opinion, look was more emphasised than today, as most of the top guys either had an great physique or an look that was synonymous with their gimmick or both. Lastly, an seriousness/sense of maturity or edge to your gimmick was essential for main event success,as strongly evidenced by Rikishi who was a mid carder at best before he played a serious role and had his year in the wwf title scene when he ran over austin. Ultimately the skills I mentioned were what you needed if you wanted to be in the at least mid card. Any lower and your run would be largely forgettable.
Now note that in ring ability was again not exactly an premium but rather a bonus, so guys rich with this but poor in other departments like Dolph Ziggler would be screwed, as we all know Ziggler can put on a good match with almost anyone, but he cant cut a promo for shit and many in these forums have dubbed him the "charisma vaccum". Given this, Dolph would probably be in a role similar to the Radicalz or stached away in the tag division. I am unsure if the attitude era crowd would love Daniel Bryan as much as today's crowd, so whether he would be anything more than a glorified dean malenko is beyond me, as honestly I would love for Bryan Danielson to have been in that stacked late 90s WCW cruiserweight division or in ecw more than wwe in the attitude era. I think Orton would fare far better from 98-2002 in wcw than wwf.
As for guys who I think could make it, given that in the the Attitude Era just started shortly after Pac and Notorious died and given that rap music was still quite prevelant, I do belive that John Cena could make it in the mid card under his doctor of thuganomics moniker. I could see him feuding with complimentary mid card gimmick wrestlers like Val Venis and perhaps a feud/teaming with the Godfather. "Super Cena" or marine cena would be booed out of the building in the attitude era. CM Punk is a guy who I belive definately could make it in the attitude era, as he can have an entertaining segment with almost anyone face or heel, is gold on the microphone, carries himself with great confidence which shines through his gimmick and has charisma to spare plus he can work a great match. Punk's straight edge militant gimmick allows him to go heel vs austin or even with his quick wit Rock, or in a real interesting twist team with Kurt Angle, who at the time was running his american hero integridy gimmick. As a face, Punk certainly couldve be in a well done promo vs the ministry and we all know he can burn mr mcmahon. The Shield I think couldve made it in several ways. As an enforcer of the corporation, fed to the ministry, served by the Rock. I think the shield would fare much better in the early 00's point of the attitude era when they could go up against the brothers of destruction and Rollins/Ambross could be grouped with the big 3 of the tag division in those game changing spotfest tlc matches and otherwise.