See, I understand what you mean. Attitude did have a lot of moments like that. What pisses me off is that people act like that's ALL Attitude was sometimes. You yourself know it was a lot more than that. I don't get the people who come into this thread and say "well Attitude would have done something like that, why can't you be happy?!" Because there was more to Attitude than just tasteless segments.
On top of that, the Attitude era stuff is so fondly remembered because of one simple principle-right place, right time. The industry wanted that at the time, and that's what they got. That's a big reason why it was so popular. You think if Hogan had still been doing his Hulkamania gimmick in 1997 people would have cared? This era...people don't want that kind of thing anymore. Dare I say, its become passe? I don't want them to do more Attitude era stuff because it will be nothing like Attitude, just a shitty revamp. So now, in and amongst all this goody two shoes crap about Breast Cancer and Make a Wish, we get this incredibly tasteless, needless segment shoehorned in. Why?
Attitude worked perfectly because of the specific talent, the demands of the fans and the general revolution in the industry the nWo angle had brought on. All those elements made it incredible. To me, this is the kind of crash TV I expect from Nitro in 2000, and I'm seeing Ed Ferrara mimic JR's Bell's Palsy. You can do it, but why would you? Why do you need to 'go there'?
Again, there's edginess in storylines...and then there's this. Melanie Pillman wasn't a cool thing to do back then, just like its not cool to do now. Its just that a lot of fans overlooked it because everything else was so great. Now...nothing else to distract from the lack of sensitivity these days.
That's fair enough and I know that AE was more than that but look at it this way.
This was shocking, no matter if someone loved it or is disgusted, it was something that would guaranteed not happen 1 month ago.
Who knows, maybe it's not a coincidence that it happened right after the end of Linda McMahon and that WWE has a new man in the writing team.
During the run of Linda it was not allowed to kick flags or using ties and now you see someone mocking a heart attack.
My point is, maybe now the sky is the limit like 15 years ago and the next week we will see something edgy that you like and reminds you of 97-99.
It looks like there is room for more what was not imaginable 1 month ago.
12 years ago we had Mae Young and the hand but at the same time we had The Rock vs Triple H
10 years ago we had Katie Vick but at the same time we had Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker.
The most important thing (and I believe we all agree) is that there is more room for edgier storylines. Not everbody needs to like it, one week a segment is disgusting, next week we have a epic segment, next week we have a facepalm segment, the other week again a great segment and so on but most important thing is that there is freedom to do some controversial things.
Only time will tell if there is really a new era or if Vince is afraid again of Linda and the media