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Underrated Golden Era/Attitude Era Wrestlers Who Would Have Thrived in Today's Era

Al Perez

Perfectionist mindset in the ring would have fit in splendidly with HHH's NXT vision.




Paul Roma

Highly athletic even for the 1980s. A natural heel whose only limitation was height.




Tom Magee

A little hesitant on this one, but its possible that an extended stay at the WWE Performance Center could have harnessed his raw talent and taught him the psychology of wrestling - which he was lacking. Reading Bret Hart's comments about Magee, I can't help but think of Bruce Prichard's comments about a young John Cena and how uncoordinated he was.




Brady Boone

The original Battle Kat (was replaced by Bob Bradley), and very, very athletic. Far moreso than Roma, he was limited by his size. I could see him perhaps in Ricochet's role today.




Dean Malenko

Would have easily had a run as NXT Champion if he were in his late 20s today.




Lanny Poffo

Like his brother, Lanny was a great athlete and brought an aerial moveset to the WWF that had not quite been seen. Coupled with his natural speaking ability, he would go far in today's WWE.




Great Muta

He may not have a lengthy run at the top, but Muta could easily have a stint as World Champion. His crispness in the ring in the late 1980s has still not been paralleled.

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From the Attitude Era if X-Pac was a young 25 year old guy today I could see him being a favourite of the IWC and getting an NXT Title run.
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Muta should have been a World Champion back then too. For whatever reason he was talked out of turning face when he could have been a mega face in WCW and then they jobbed him out at Starrcade 89 and he never recovered his momentum in the US.
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Jushin Liger
Lance Storm
La Parka
Mike Awesome
Norman Smiley
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With Vince trying to leech off of UFC at every turn nowadays, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn would be holding Main Event titles and destroying every one they went up against.
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Ken Shamrock and Sean Waltman.
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With Vince trying to leech off of UFC at every turn nowadays, Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn would be holding Main Event titles and destroying every one they went up against.
^ This... Luckily the Attitude Era were spared from such a fate and the two were booked accordingly and not blindly,

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Val Venis definitely. Guy was charismatic, great character work. Big guy who could really work in the ring. Really diverse.

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Jushin Liger
Lance Storm
La Parka
Mike Awesome
Norman Smiley
Too Cool
Norman Smiley was very strange, and a little creepy.
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