Re: WWF 1997-1999 vs WWE 2002-2005
1997-1999. Those years had Stone Cold Steve Austin and also The Rock. Aka two of the biggest stars ever. Also Mick Foley and Bret Hart and Michaels in the prime of their careers.(1997). And you also had a healthy Undertaker starting to improve in the ring. Plus, a lot of stuff done at the time was new and fresh. A lot of 1999 has aged poorly, though, and a lot of it was Russo's usual crap.
2002-2005 had some good stuff too, but it also had the infamous Triple H reign of terror, Austin and The Rock leaving and the rise of John Cena. I started to watch WWE in 2004 only and I do have some nostalgia for it as well and some of the mid-card acts from the time such as Carlito and Shelton Benjamin and also women like Trish, Lita and Torrie Wilson.