Greetings. Today we have question from Gavin Lee about whether or not the Attitude Era holds up.
“People always wax lyrical about the Attitude Era although it was great and wrestling gained a lot of mainstream exposure and gasp! It actually was cool to watch! However looking back in hindsight do you agree apart from the story lines and the odd stand out match especially in 98-99 that the standard of the matches in general was poor looking at Mr Keith’s rants and watching them back the vast majority of PPVs were basically one match cards and a shit undercard with the exception of 2000. In my opinion the standard of wrestling was better in 2001 to say 2004 when Angle Eddie Brock etc were in their primes and there was more than one match cards. What do you think or what’s your best era of wrestling?”
I started watching wrestling in 1995, when I was 11. So I was 15 when the Attitude Era was in it’s prime. I was EXACTLY who they wanted watching their shows. I loved it then. It was so much fun. But looking back? It’s fucking dreadful. PPVs were extremely crappy, with, as you stated, one-match cards. However, the matches & the stories behind’em were pretty damn fantastic. 2000 and 2001 were far greater, as they had the influx of fantastic wrestlers like Malenko, Guerrero, Benoit, and people like Austin feeling rejuvenated.
My favorite era was actually the year 1998. I loved Stone Cold, DX, and Mick Foley. And I loved the Wolfpac and Chris Jericho. Wrestling was at such a fever pitch in the summer of 1998, and I was reveling in it.
How say you?