Damn, Attitude Era way over-hyped. It was the best era in terms of business. In terms of entertainment quality, it had just as much stupid shit as any other era. Mae Young giving birth to a hand? And BTW, that hand was fathered by none other than Mark "Ratings" Henry. Remember sexual chocolate? They also had a transsexual hold the intercontinental title, and won it in like a home-maker's kitchen cookout match (?) or something stupid like that. We also had vampires. And it wasn't even subtle, like with Undertaker being supernatural, this was straight out fangs and blood. BTW, that was when Edge and Christian first started getting over. We also got Mick Foley's worst gimmick- Dude Love. Kane was supposed to be burned on half his body and talked through a vibrator device. We also had random streaking from hairy fat-ass ugly men. We had Pat Patterson's shit-stained underwear as a finisher. Sockpuppets as a finisher (pro-wrestlers don't know how to bite?). Terry Funk wearing pantyhose over his head on a regular basis. Etc. Etc.
Sorry, but the Attitude Era was not untouchable. It was right time, right place. And all of those "larger than life" characters, all three of them (Rock, Austin, Taker. It. Period.) as well as the other top talent of the time were all invisible mid-carders for years prior to that point who no one saw any main event potential in. Blue Bloods? Chip & Dale dancers? Hollywood Blondes & Ring Masters? "Chia-pet head"s?
People talk about what Punk would have been like in the Attitude Era. Hell, what would any of those alleged "untouchables" of the AE have been like today? I don't mean bringing them back FROM the AE, like the case with the Rock right now, after
he's already been transfigured like Christ. I mean if we took Chia-pet head and threw him into the scene right now and try to get over his new "Rock" gimmick? Could he still have gotten away with "Cookie Puss" and telling another man to "strip naked"? Would he need a Cena/Sheamus force-em-down-our-throat push to get that crap over today, or would it have the natural, unburiable Bryan appeal? It would be interesting to see. Or actually, no it wouldn't, since most of today's product is not interesting to see, at all.
Bury a diamond in a pile of shit or put it on display in a fine jewelry store- in which context is it more likely to get noticed?
Originally Posted by GillbergReturns
I just don't see him climbing that ladder especially if his straight edge personality kept him from roiding back in a time when you had to roid to look believable.
Right, because Foley became WWE Champ 3 times in the AE by being all roided up. Same way Jericho got over and into the main event scene.