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Shawn and Bret were the foundation of the Attitude Era. They were more important in the formation process than Steve was.


Rock wouldn't get hot for another year and by then it might have been too late. Wcw had their most successful year ever in 1998, something people tend to forget. Goldberg was on fire despite the fact wwe fans were calling him an austin rip-off, at least at the beginning. Imagine how hot he would have become with no Austin around to compare to.

The first singles feud that made people up and take notice of the rock was with Austin in late 97 for the IC belt, throwing the belt over the bridge etc. Not saying rock still wouldn't have become a star but he got the rub from Austin there when he needed it.



Wcw starting making silly mistakes once they starting losing the ratings battle..due to Austin. They were throwing huge money matches away on free TV just to win the weeks ratings e.g.
If they weren't noticing him, then they would've never started chanting "Die Rocky Die" and "Rocky Sucks" while he was still a babyface. Even when he first turned heel, he was getting massive heat for just standing in the back and doing those crazy facial expressions.

What really put Rock over is the DX/NOD rivalry. The matches he had with HHH sent him straight to the world title picture.
 

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NJPW would be the biggest wrestling company in the world. WCW would have killed the WWF and then died anyway following the AOL-Time Warner merger and without the WWF helping ECW out financially they would have died too and most probably a lot sooner than they did.
 

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NJPW would be the biggest wrestling company in the world. WCW would have killed the WWF and then died anyway following the AOL-Time Warner merger and without the WWF helping ECW out financially they would have died too and most probably a lot sooner than they did.
Even if WCW did manage to kill off WWE, and the merger still happened it didn't mean that WCW would die. There would be virtually no competition at the time for WCW other than maybe ECW, and Bishoff was set to buy WCW until Vince scooped it up.

Triple H talks with Jericho about the Kliq and the sparks of the Attitude Era.

http://youtu.be/uZ6ax2tKGT0
 

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Considering how important the year 1998 was, if there was no Austin, it's safe to say the wwe would be in some trouble- but I wouldn't say they'd be screwed. The attitude era had a lot going for it besides Austin in 97-98 in terms of characters and storylines- the roster was just too stacked. dX, sable, taker, Kane, rock, the brood, shamrock, mankind... Just ridiculous. Dx was more than over enough to represent the attitude era brand in 98 without Austin and sable was getting monster pops with the divas. Even thoThe Rock overtook Austin in 1999 and he was a mid carder in most of 1998, especially during that all important mania season in 1998, which IMO is the most or at worse second most important period in wwe history (1985 and the first mania could be argued as 1). That's why Austin- McMahon was detrimental to the wwe keeping pace with the at the time, dominant WCW. So it's hard to say- who gets pushed to take on McMahon? hHh? Owen hart for his bros revenge??
What if Pillman didn't die? His persona would've been over as hell if he was a face during 1998-99. I think it's safe to say the wwe would've over taken wcw but that spring 98 period is iffy


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I'm just going to add something that hasn't been brought up. Vince McMahon going corporate was a huge success and plans were being done as early as late 97 for it to happen.

The company wouldn't be nearly as hot without Austin though that's for sure.
 

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....we'd be watching the WCW Network right now.

Austin = Attitude Era.

True story.
 

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I just don't understand the revisionism going on saying Austin isn't the main and only reason an Attitude Era existed. It would never have been as robust without he entire supporting cast, but Austin was everything to the AE.
 

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Refusing to give credit when it's due makes you look small and weak...
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Austin and Mr.McMahon, these two characters share the biggest rivalry in the Attitude Era, and guess what...they were both made at the hands of Bret Hart. Bret handpicking Austin for a match at SS was a first class ticket to the main-event scene(considering all the pollitical BS that was going on behind the scenes at that time). Without Bret, Austin would've probably be known as a "good mechanic" only. That rivalry sent him straight to the top, and he'd be the first guy to tell you that.


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No Bret = No Montreal screwjob = No "Mr.McMahon"



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Without Austin there is no attitude era. I agree with all those that said that. No Austin, means No Austin vs McMahon, which was THE feud of that time.
 
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