If you didn't grow up with it, how can you say whether it aged well?
It did age well, not everything was perfect, every era has bad stuff, what makes an era great is if it had the least bad things.
The "attitude" era, 1996-2002 boom period not only aged well, but is further enhanced in quality when compared to the "ruthless aggression" era and modern era.
The idea that 2000 improved because there was "more wrestling" is a myth, there was the same amount of 5-15 min matches. Kreski was smart to keep the same Russo formula but with more characters added, that's why 2000 was better, because there was more stories and character, not wrestling.
The same way I can play a retro video game from the 80s or 90s nowadays that I didn't grow up playing and can tell if it's aged well or not. I think the NES Castlevania games aged poorly, while the SNES game Earthbound and the GBC game Link's Awakening DX aged well despite a few of their mechanics certainly showing their age.
Originally Posted by Commissioner Michaels
Well 1998 and 1999 were a completely different time compared to 2019. It MANY ways unrelated to wrestling. 88% of that stuff couldn’t be done today.
It did make people feel cool back then to watch wrestling. Wrestling was a mainstream topic... I mean ‘trending’.
I would say it’s aged pretty well. Its always something a lot of fans still want to talk about. Wwe still makes a crap load of money from that era. All the video games showcasing ‘attitude era’ this and that. The DVD releases time and time again highlighting that era.
When something from 20 years ago, still makes good money today... it aged well
But in a video game you're not really rewatching the shows. It's basically storylines based on that era being put in a video game, right? I'm talking about going back and rewatching full Raws and SmackDowns from that time period and also PPVs.
Also, why is mainstream recognition so important to wrestling fans? I know that a wrestler to be a star needs to draw, but just because a show has good ratings doesn't mean it's necessarily a good show.
A lot of people online miss the AE because the majority of people on websites and communities like this one are people who were kids or teenagers in the 90s and thus like to reminisce about their youth. Notice how in the last 5 years or so we've had been seeing more and more people talking about how much they miss the "Ruthless Aggression Era" and how great of an era it was when back in 2002-2007, the IWC completely shat on the product at the time because "WWE has gotten so boring!"? Because people who grew up watching in 2002-2007 are now in their early 20s and that was their childhood. Wait some years and we'll see a bunch of 18-21 year olds talking about how great the Guest Host era on Raw and Cena destroying The Nexus in 2010 were.
For the most part, no. A handful of segments are still considered classics, but on balance, the shows were no better than the ones the company puts out today. They benefited tremendously from being part of an era when people were apparently so hungry for anything that felt even slightly "edgy" that nobody ever stopped to realize it might also be total crap. The comedy wasn't funny, the drama wasn't interesting, most of the characters were stupid, the actual wrestling was an afterthought, and none of it made a goddamn bit of sense. To be fair, all except the comedy got better once Russo left (especially the wrestling), but the improved writing was still "improved" only by WWE standards, and even that improvement came to a crashing halt once the Invasion angle began.
To be honest, though, I'm not sure this is the worst sin in the world. I don't know that wrestling programming is designed to "hold up" the way other TV shows or movies or whatever are. With the exception of the wrestlers -- and even then it's not all of them -- nobody is interested in making something that people are still going to be raving about years from now. The priority is the present and what's next, and this was never more true than during the Monday Night War. So no, it hasn't aged well, but I can only hold that against it so much because it wasn't really designed to.
Yes, the AE did a good job at capturing the Zeitgeist of its time period and also was on during the Monday Night Wars, the most exciting period in televised wrestling. I think that's also part of the reason why a lot of people missed it.