WWE’s Attitude Era is one of the most defining eras in the company’s history. It is also the period of time that is responsible for WWE becoming the massive juggernaut it is today. After losing to Eric Bischoff’s WCW in the Monday Night Wars for 83 weeks straight, Vince McMahon knew he had to shake things up in order to remain relevant with the younger audience. Vince held a meeting where he asked talent to show more attitude and this is where the Attitude Era began.
During this era, the WWF’s programming featured a mix of more “in-your-face” and adult-oriented storylines, characters, and gimmicks, as well as an increased emphasis on hardcore wrestling. The company also introduced a new crop of wrestlers, such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H, who became major stars and helped lead the company to a period of tremendous success.
The Attitude Era also saw the WWF engage in a highly publicized and controversial “Monday Night Wars” with rival promotion World Championship Wrestling. The competition between the two companies resulted in a ratings war, with each company trying to outdo the other in terms of storylines, stunts, and big moments. This competition ultimately led to the WWF’s victory and the acquisition of WCW in 2001.
Over the years, several people were attributed for the Attitude Era’s existence. However, one WWE Legend believes that he is the reason the Attitude Era existed in the first place.
Kevin Nash recently claimed on his Kliq This podcast that the Attitude Era wouldn’t have existed if he didn’t go to WCW.
“If I don’t go to WCW, there is no Attitude Era,” he said.
The reason the Attitude Era existed is certainly a debatable topic. But one thing’s for sure, the Attitude Era was a golden age in professional wrestling that will be talked about for many more years to come. Stay tuned to Ringside News as we bring you similar stories.
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