History Wrestling / WWE

16th Jan '17 8:45:07 AM wanderlustwarrior
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## "Attitude" Era: 1997-2001. This era changed wrestling from being aimed at kids, to being aimed at teenagers. The landscape isn't the same today as it was then. Austin, HHH, Shawn, Foley, Taker etc. were veterans who toiled in the midcard for years. They were competitive. They were hungry to succeed. They had their pick of WWE, WCW and ECW. After the Montreal Screwjob which created the evil Mr. [=McMahon=] character, and Austin defeating Shawn Micheals for the WWF title, thus igniting the Attitude Era. WWF changed from a warm & fuzzy program to a much more controversial one revolving around the Austin character, who drank beer on TV, gave everyone the middle finger, and raised hell. [=DX=] and Goldust were making sex jokes, groping audience members and acting like total degenerates. Women were used as eye candy to appeal to male viewers. It was all about controversy and getting ratings. In some ways, the most embarrassing chapter in the company's history, and in others the most exciting (because it's just so unpredictable).
## "Ruthless Aggression" Era: Like the New Generation era, was a transitional period for WWE. With the demise of WCW and ECW, the company regressed back to its roots, though not entirely: Wrestling was still TV-14 at this time, allowing sexuality, swearing, blood, among other things. The RA era was an extension of the Attitude Era; a mix of new talent and old talent, and a rebuilding time for WWE. An era that made many of it's own historic moments, such as ''Raw'' having a Women's Main Event, having the Cruiserweight Title Match as a main event (when Matt Hardy took on Rey Mysterio) and, for the first time, TLC was featured as a single's match. Other highlights include the formation of the group Evolution that launched the careers of both Batista and Randy Orton, the return of HBK to wrestling from a 4 year hiatus, and the start of John Cena's career (in which he stumbled upon his rap gimmick that launched his popularity).
## "PG" Era: The current era (started 2008, still going strong). Many claim that wrestling went "PG" because Linda [=McMahon=] was running for senate and she wanted a squeaky clean image, divorced from the past decade of debauchery and sophomoric humor (she lost both races in part due to her televised appearances during the Attitude Era). However, the shift back to a "safer" family-oriented show was out of necessity for the WWE's survival. Rampant drug and alcohol abuse, wrestler after wrestler being crippled by the dangerous stunts, wrestlers dying from drug abuse, governmental scrutiny (that means the FBI), and every talking head known to man out to crucify pro wrestling in general and the WWE in particular--all of that meant big-money advertisers pulling out. It was quickly discovered that Cena appealed to women and children more than the diehard male 18-34 male demographic of wrestling fans; thus WWE is attracting a more mainstream audience, which means more money.\\\
Indeed, the WWE has made a remarkable turnaround: It's seen (again) by the mainstream as family entertainment. Big-money advertisers are lining up, the government isn't hounding them anymore, the media has stopped digging around WWE trash cans looking for scandals, WWE performers (especially John Cena) are in high demand in other forms of entertainment and make frequent media appearances. For a while, the downgrade to PG ironically destroyed what little credibility and class the women's division had, as it was forbidden for women wrestlers to get beaten up, so they had catfights for the audience's amusement.

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## "Attitude" Era: 1997-2001. This era changed wrestling from being aimed at kids, to being aimed at teenagers. The landscape isn't the same today as it was then. Austin, HHH, Shawn, Foley, Taker etc. were veterans who toiled in the midcard for years. They were competitive. They were hungry to succeed. They had their pick of WWE, WCW and ECW. After the Montreal Screwjob which MontrealScrewjob (which created the evil Mr. [=McMahon=] character, character), and Austin defeating Shawn Micheals for the WWF title, thus igniting the Attitude Era. WWF changed from a warm & fuzzy program to a much more controversial one revolving around the Austin character, who drank beer on TV, gave everyone the middle finger, and raised hell. [=DX=] and Goldust were making sex jokes, groping audience members and acting like total degenerates. Women were used as eye candy to appeal to male viewers. It was all about controversy and getting ratings. ''Smackdown!'' debuted as a B-Show based on one of The Rock's edgier catchphrases. In some ways, the most embarrassing chapter in the company's history, and in others the most exciting (because it's just so unpredictable).
## "Ruthless Aggression" Era: 2001-2008. Like the New Generation era, was a transitional period for WWE. With the demise of WCW and ECW, the company regressed back to its roots, though not entirely: Wrestling was still TV-14 at this time, allowing sexuality, swearing, blood, among other things. The RA era was an extension of the Attitude Era; a mix of new talent and old talent, and a rebuilding time for WWE. An era that made many of it's own historic moments, such as ''Raw'' having a Women's Main Event, having the Cruiserweight Title Match as a main event (when Matt Hardy took on Rey Mysterio) and, for the first time, TLC was featured as a single's match. Other highlights include the formation of the group Evolution that launched the careers of both Batista and Randy Orton, the return of HBK to wrestling from a 4 year hiatus, and the start of John Cena's career (in which he stumbled upon his rap gimmick that launched his popularity).
## "PG" Era: The current era (started 2008, still going strong).2008-2016. Many claim that wrestling went "PG" because Linda [=McMahon=] was running for senate and she wanted a squeaky clean image, divorced from the past decade of debauchery and sophomoric humor (she lost both races in part due to her televised appearances during the Attitude Era). However, the shift back to a "safer" family-oriented show was out of necessity for the WWE's survival. Rampant drug and alcohol abuse, wrestler after wrestler being crippled by the dangerous stunts, wrestlers dying from drug abuse, governmental scrutiny (that means the FBI), and every talking head known to man out to crucify pro wrestling in general and the WWE in particular--all of that meant big-money advertisers pulling out. It was quickly discovered that Cena appealed to women and children more than the diehard male 18-34 male demographic of wrestling fans; thus WWE is attracting attracted a more mainstream audience, which means meant more money.\\\
money. Other popularity-driven decisions included bookings of The Shield and experiments with new talent, including call ups from NXT. Indeed, the WWE has made a remarkable turnaround: It's seen (again) by the mainstream as family entertainment. Big-money advertisers are lining up, the government isn't hounding them anymore, the media has stopped digging around WWE trash cans looking for scandals, WWE performers (especially John Cena) are in high demand in other forms of entertainment and make frequent media appearances. For a while, the downgrade to PG ironically destroyed what little credibility and class the women's division had, as it was forbidden for women wrestlers to get beaten up, so they had catfights for the audience's amusement.amusement.
## "The New Era": 2016-current. By the end of the PG Era, audiences, on-air talent, and even authority figures were occasionally letting it be known that the company's direction wasn't quite where it could be. A series of changes were instituted to adjust the company's business model. Women were once again billed as legitimate wrestling talents and not "Divas", thanks largely to the efforts of the "Four Horsewomen" and Paige, who came up during the PG Era. Several high profile performers were called up from developmental, signed, or pulled away from top competing brands like NJPW and independent promotions, and, unusually, allowed to keep their same monikers. Shane [=McMahon=] returned as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure to balance out the rest of his family, resulting in ''Smackdown!'' (now ''Smackdown LIVE'') and ''RAW'' once again being treated as competing A-shows. The Cruiserweight Classic tournament led to the resurrected division getting its own show, the UK Championship tournament and other efforts similarly signaled expansion, etc. All of the above was the first year of this "New Era", and it remains to be seen where it goes from there.
15th Jan '17 2:12:09 PM Smapti
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* '''United Kingdom Champion: TBD''' on January 15 2017.

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* '''United Kingdom Champion: TBD''' on Tyler Bate''' since January 15 2017.15, 2017
10th Jan '17 1:07:28 AM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: Wrestling/ChrisJericho''' since January 9, 2016

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: Wrestling/ChrisJericho''' since January 9, 20162017
9th Jan '17 11:29:16 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: [[Wrestling/RomanReigns Roman Reigns]]''' since September 25, 2016

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: [[Wrestling/RomanReigns Roman Reigns]]''' Wrestling/ChrisJericho''' since September 25, January 9, 2016
9th Jan '17 3:15:07 AM Vorpale
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* LanternJawOfJustice: Great Khali, so, ''so'' much.
8th Jan '17 3:17:57 AM majohe
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WWE currently has five different television shows that they produce weekly: ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'', which since 2016 acts as two seperate brands once against since the first brand split between 2002 and circa 2011/2012, and are considered the A Shows, although ''[=SmackDown=]'' could these days be considered a B show. ''[[Wrestling/WWEMainEvent Main Event]]'', ''[[Wrestling/WWESuperstars Superstars]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]]'' are C level shows, with ''NXT'' as the show for their developmental talent. A recent phenomenon has been ''NXT'' rising to the "A-level" of quality and production in the eyes of many ''fans'', but, well, see the ''NXT'' page for more information on that.

They currently hold fourteen [=PPVs=] a year, namely: ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble, Fastlane, Wrestling/WrestleMania Payback, Extreme Rules, Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank, Battleground, Wrestling/SummerSlam, Backlash, Clash of Champions, No Mercy, Hell in a Cell, Wrestling/SurvivorSeries and Roadblock''.

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WWE currently has five different television shows that they produce weekly: ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' and ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'', which since 2016 acts as two seperate brands once against since the first brand split between 2002 and circa 2011/2012, and are considered the A Shows, although ''[=SmackDown=]'' could these days be considered a B show. ''[[Wrestling/WWEMainEvent Main Event]]'', ''[[Wrestling/WWESuperstars Superstars]]'' ''205 Live'' and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} NXT]]'' are C level shows, with ''NXT'' as the show for their developmental talent. A recent phenomenon has been ''NXT'' rising to the "A-level" of quality and production in the eyes of many ''fans'', but, well, see the ''NXT'' page for more information on that.

They currently hold fourteen fifteen [=PPVs=] a year, namely: ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble, Fastlane, Wrestling/WrestleMania Wrestling/WrestleMania, Payback, Extreme Rules, Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank, Battleground, Wrestling/SummerSlam, Backlash, Clash of Champions, No Mercy, Hell in a Cell, Wrestling/SurvivorSeries Wrestling/SurvivorSeries, TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, and Roadblock''.
3rd Jan '17 7:23:58 PM Smapti
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]]: Wrestling/TheMiz''' since November 15, 2016

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/intercontinental Intercontinental Champion]]: Wrestling/TheMiz''' Wrestling/DeanAmbrose''' since November 15, 2016January 3, 2017
28th Dec '16 1:16:54 AM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwechampionship WWE World Champion]]: Wrestling/AJStyles''' since September 11, 2016

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/wwechampionship WWE World Champion]]: Wrestling/AJStyles''' since September 11, 2016



* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/smackdown-tag-team-championships SmackDown Tag Team Champions]]: Wrestling/TheWyattFamily (Wrestling/BrayWyatt, [[Wrestling/RandyOrton Randy Orton]],''' and '''Wrestling/LukeHarper)''' since December 4, 2016

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/smackdown-tag-team-championships SmackDown Tag Team Champions]]: Wrestling/TheWyattFamily (Wrestling/BrayWyatt, [[Wrestling/RandyOrton Randy Orton]],''' Wrestling/AmericanAlpha''' ('''Chad Gable''' and '''Wrestling/LukeHarper)''' '''Jason Jordan''') since December 4, 27, 2016
24th Dec '16 9:39:23 AM Nyame
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* EvilPowerVacuum: The injury epidemic of early 2016 was so bad that, at one point, there was only ''one'' active main eventer in the entire main roster (Wrestling/DeanAmbrose). Everyone else was either a part-timer or injured. This was particularly bad, as that was during the Road to ''Wrestling/WrestleMania''. After that, the company made more of an effort to push more people to the top -- Wrestling/AJ Styles, Wrestling/FinnBalor, and Wrestling/KevinOwens carved out a place in the main event scene by winning world titles and feuding with the already established main eventers: the former members of Wrestling/TheShield, Wrestling/JohnCena, and Wrestling/RandyOrton.
18th Dec '16 7:14:40 PM Smapti
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/raw-womens-championship Raw Women's Champion]]: [[Wrestling/Charlotte Charlotte Flair]]''' since December 18, 2016

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/raw-womens-championship Raw Women's Champion]]: [[Wrestling/Charlotte [[{{Wrestling/Charlotte}} Charlotte Flair]]''' since December 18, 2016
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