Re: What superstars today do you think would have fit in perfectly in the Attitude Er
Punk would have had no chance. The only reason he is employed to WWE as of this minute is because Heyman saw something in the guy, thus why he came through on ECW and not RAW/SMACKDOWN. All Vince would see back in 98 or whenever, is an indie tattooed midget, the exact opposite of the 'Vince Superstar Formula' and this is during an era of big names, big guys, big egos and monsters such as Kane. Personally I think suggesting Punk would have made it is showing an ignorance of key factors.
John Cena may have had minor success at the bottom of the card if he debuted as 'Thuganomics Cena'. It would have been gimmicky and something different so possibly.
Now what guys would have stood a chance at the top or in the midcard? Well one name springs to mind instantly: Brock Lesnar. The only guy on the current roster, who wasn't in the Attitude Era but would have definitely had a shot at the upper midcard and possibly even flirtation with the title scene at the time. Even without his mouthpiece, well, just look at the guy. Actually impossible to deny someone like that. He certainly didn't need Paul Heyman in his match with Cena, yet the storytelling was still there.
I would argue a lot of the current cruiserweights would be better off in the Attitude Era than they are now simply because there was an actual title to compete for. Possibly the same could be said of some tag teams. The Hart Foundation may have thrived in the Attitude Era with the writing back then and with some great tag teams to compete against and carry them, they would have had more success than this era. Now Natayla and Kidd are jobbing and Hart-Smith is fired. The Shield could probably have coped in the AE with the correct booking and their big personas.
A lot of unorthodox unused current stars may well have been better suited for the Attitude Era also. Wade Barrett would be an interesting one with the Vince Russo booking just because of his look and brawler style. Sheamus is another. An Irish guy with a completely bizarre look would have got a good rub in the AE, and would have worked in the Intercontinental title scene. Heath Slater would have had a solid jobber position in the AE because he is simply made to be humiliated.
Apart from those names, no one else really stands out unless you want to name Vince's love creations like Khali, Swoggle and any Diva who happens to be smoking hot.