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During that time the smart marks were ECW fans and had the similar obnoxious elitist attitude AEW fans have today

ECW fans shit all over WWF and WCW and acted like their promotion was king shit

ECW fans called the Attitude Era a rip off of ECW, and truth is WWF did get influence but I can’t say it was a complete rip off

I was an ECW fan too btw
 
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The IWC existed then and had plenty of people who hated Austin, Rock or
both. Threads like these are just an excuse to make up stuff to get mad about.

Anyway the people hated most back then was probably Undertaker and Kevin Nash.
Yeah, but did they talked about how the fotc is burying the hottest heel in the business like the example I just gave? From what I've read that they're mostly in-ring marks and hate the promo guys. Also this is just us having fun.
 

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They probably wouldn't appreciate it like me and those who grew up a 90's Wrestling fan but who knows how divided the groups would be if it were the modern kind, I know for sure Workrate smarks likely would criticize it more often.
 

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In this thread.
Not so clever attempts to needle certain fans to get mad and react with fist shaking!
Said certain fans falling for it like suckers and shaking said fists!
OP loling at the rubes who fell for it.
 
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Their would be a lot of bitching about Dean Malenko, Jerry Lynn, Taka, Kaz Hayashi, Billy Kidman, etc deserving the spots that Rock, Austin, Goldberg, Hogan, Taker, etc had.

The Attitude Era would get shit on daily if it were around today.

From non stop DQs, awful matches, stupid storylines and Austin being booked ridiculously strong.

It was a product of its time. And should be left as such.
Product of its time or not, it was a way better product than the boring shit we have today. Their is a reason why Raw and Nitro combined had ratings that somewhat threatened Monday Night Football and even occasionally beat them in the 18-35 year old demo, which is absolutely fucking insane.
 

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They existed back then but they were a tiny minority probably below 1% of the audience. They did nothing but bitch and complain that Austin was stale, The rock sucked, wrestler x can't wrestle and so on. They also made threads talking about how underrated Dean Malenko and Al Snow are.

The sad thing is they are the only fans left, despite a fifty million population increase since 2000 with a lot of the immigrants coming from Mexico which has a wrestling tradition.
 

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SJWS would probably protest outside of arenas and force cities to ban WWF from ever taking place in their arena.

Smarks would demand Essa Rios and Taka Michinoku main event WrestleMania and go in great detail about why they have been held back.

Wrestling bloggers would ignore everything going on in the show and strictly talk about canceling wresters until their eventual release.
 

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I first got on wrestling (And politics) forums around 1998-99. Obviously I’ve been here since the Cena Era was getting pushed hard. Smarks have always been overly reactive and negative.

While even Rock and Austin got some hate, I recall Undertaker and HHH getting the most (And that includes before his relationship with Stephanie. He was still seen to many as the guy who carried Shawn’s bags throughout 96-98 before he had to temporarily retire. Undertaker got flack because of his gimmick and that his wrestling style throughout the early to mid 90s was that zombie-like style before he loosened up later.

The one big difference between now and then that I see is that there were not as many “workrate smarks” as there are today. Even the Meltzer people didn’t emphasize match ratings as much back then.

Also, if you wanna see what the Meltzer smarks thought, check out the observer awards from the 80s and 90s. Pretty sure they were subscriber balloting their awards back then too. People like Hogan and Gorilla Monsoon often got shitted on in the awards section in the 80s.
 
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