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Join Date: May 2011
Re: What superstars today do you think would have fit in perfectly in the Attitude Er
I think what the garbage-era fanboys are forgetting is that the Rock and Austin's pushes were GUARANTEED. Both of them are first ballot Hall of Famers by virtue of their TALENTS, not a 6 year push.
So where does that leave Orton and Cena and Punk?
None of them have the skill set to compete with the Rock and Austin for main event status and both would be squashed by them on a regular basis. Now... if they're getting squashed by Austin and The Rock, what would be the nature of their promos which were largely on the fly in those days?
Cena wouldn't have been able to call on a six man superman push for his material, so what is he possibly going to say to get over in that era with the crowd? "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT HE WOULD HAVE SAID!"
After the Rock called him a transvestite Wonder-woman his career would of been finished back then, period.
Coming out and pandering to the crowd and acting like they are a part of the WWE didn't work back then. The crowd was there as spectators, not part of the show, and Cena's material would have irritated the hell out of them. The people that HATE Cena now are mostly all older Attitude Era fans, and we don't hate him in a `heel` way. We hate him in a `go away` way.
The thug thing, whether it be white-thug or black-thug, didn't work back then. People hated it. Rap and Pro Wrestling clashed like oil and water. It would have never of gotten over.
So you say Cena would have to get a new character. What character? What character would he be able to use that didn't get dangerously close to infringing on another characters gimmick, like Stone Cold's?
And gimmick and character was important back then. It wasn't like today were you basically came out and acted like yourself, just hanging out with the WWE universe. You had to be someone, which is why the current Cena schtick and CM Punk (who I like) would have failed miserably.
There would be no room for them or for any meaningful push.
Cena would have clashed with the culture, with the times, with the fans, and with the other gimmicks. He wouldn't have fit in at all. He wouldn't have had a job.
Sorry Cena lovers, but it's true.