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Characters: Attitude Era
Wrestlers closely associated with the Attitude Era include:
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who arguably established the tone for much of the era.
  • The Rock, the first third-generation superstar of the WWF, and the headlining face of the company during the last years of the era.
    • The Nation of Domination; a black supremacist-themed Power Stable created by Faarooq, until The Rock took over. Includes:
      • Mark Henry, The World's Strongest Man (a Real Life title attributed to Henry himself, after winning multiple strongman competitions)
      • Ahmed Johnson A powerhouse from the New Generation Era and former Intercontinental Champion who initially opposed the Nation.
      • D-Lo Brown The group's, light-footed, trash-talking, head-shaking Lightning Bruiser.
      • The Godfather, formerly "Kama Mustafa", until he turned pimp. Known most by his female escorts known to fans as the "hos".
      • Owen Hart, at which point the stable was renamed "The Nation" due to Owen being...well...
  • Vince McMahon, who played a larger-than-life version of himself ("Mr. McMahon"), a Corrupt Corporate Executive who primarily feuded with Stone Cold throughout most of the Attitude Era.
    • The Corporation; a stable comprised of hand-picked wrestlers representing Mr. McMahon, their goal was to secure the WWF and "crush the rebels" who did not fit with McMahon's vision of a legitimate business. Includes the following:
  • The Undertaker
  • Shawn Michaels; unfortunately, due to his career-stopping back injury, Shawn would only appear sporadically during the "official" Attitude Era timeline, and never in a wrestling capacity.
    • D-Generation X (or "DX"); known for their raunchy antics (such as playing strip poker in the ring and throwing a barbeque while nearly in the nude), DX paved the way for the Attitude Era. Its members include:
      • Triple H, Shawn's Number Two, who later became the most prominent heel in the company during much of the era.
      • Chyna, billed as "The Ninth Wonder of the World"
      • X-Pac
      • The New Age Outlaws ("Road Dogg" Jesse James and "Mr. Ass" Billy Gunn)
  • Mick Foley (aka Mankind, Dude Love and/or Cactus Jack), whose first WWF Championship (as Mankind) win coincided with WCW's infamous "Fingerpoke Of Doom" segment and turned the tide of the "Monday Night Wars".
  • Kane, The Undertaker's half-brother, of whom he had an on-and-off feud with.
  • Sable, the first major breakout female star of the Attitude Era, who helped set the standard for future WWE Divas.
  • Goldust, a flamboyant, Ambiguously Gay/Camp Straight Gorgeous George who flirted and groped his (mostly male) opponents. His bizarre and vulgar behavior is often claimed to be one of the things that started the Attitude Era.
  • Stephanie McMahon, Vince's Real Life daughter, who kayfabed married Triple H to seize control of the company from her father, forming the "McMahon-Helmsley Faction/Regime", dominating most of the late era.
  • Kurt Angle, a gold medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, who had probably one of the most successful rookie years of any WWE superstar in history.
  • The Big Show, who was the first major defection from WCW to WWF.
  • Chris Jericho, who jumped ship to the WWF in 1999 after languishing in WCW's midcard for years and went on to become a bigger success than he ever was in WCW.
  • Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, along with Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn, jumped ship to the WWF from WCW in 2000, signaling the beginning of the end of the Monday Night Wars. Collectively, they were known as the "Radicalz".
  • The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy), The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von), and Edge & Christian, who feuded with each other on and off for the last couple of years of the Attitude Era and raised the bar for tag team matches of all kinds in the company, including the first "Tables, Ladders & Chairs" match.
  • Val Venis, an ex-porn star who was already one of the WWE's most sexually suggestive superstars, then he slept with someone's wife/girlfriend/sister/valet etc., usually leading to him getting his ass kicked for his troubles.
  • Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Masta Sexay, better known as Too Cool; the tag team won fans over with their post-match dancing antics. They would eventually be joined by...
  • Rikishi, one of the many members of the famous Anoa'i Wrestling Family. His signature move was the "Stinkface", where an opponent is downed at the turnbuckle of the ring, leading to the "Phat Man" smothering his enormous ass in their face.
  • Right to Censor, a late-Attitude Era stable led by ECW alumnus Stevie Richards that was opposed to the "smut" in the WWF. They were a blatant mockery of the "Parents Television Council", which was leading opposition to the WWF's risque direction. The WWF did eventually go in a Lighter and Softer direction, although that was due more to Linda McMahon's failed political campaigns, the terrible fallout from the Benoit tragedy, and the rise of John Cena.
  • Trish Stratus, who started her career in the midst of the Attitude Era as a standard valet for the midcard tag team "T&A" (Test and Albert) before breaking out as a major wrestler. To date, she still holds the most Women's Championship reigns in the company's history.
  • Lita, a Girl Next Door valet, whose lucha libre and high flying skills as well as showing that Muscles Are Meaningless when it comes to taking on men (as bodybuilder Chyna, who at the time was stronger than Triple H, did before), helped take women's wrestling to the next level. Together with The Hardy Boyz, they formed "Team Extreme".
  • The Brood, a stable based on Vampire: The Masquerade and The Lost Boys, noted members were David Heath (known as Gangrel), Edge, and Christian. They were a midcard stable at best, but are notable for being the start of Edge and Christian's career as a tag team duo.
  • Wrestlers who would fight for the WWF Hardcore Championship (where title matches were "Extreme" rules and required to be defended 24/7). Along with Mankind, the first Hardcore Champion, and the Big Boss Man, there was also:
    • The Holly Cousins, Crash Holly and Bob "Hardcore" Holly, "Super Heavyweights" and a part-time tag team, who fought each other as much as they fought opponents. Crash, who won the most championships in the era, would be dubbed the "Houdini of Hardcore" for his quick getaways upon winning or retaining the title.
    • Steve Blackman, a legitimate martial artist nicknamed "The Lethal Weapon".
    • Raven, Tazz and Al Snow, formerly of ECW.
  • Vince Russo, the head writer of the WWF from 1996 to October 1999; any of his successes can really be attributed to Vince McMahon's editing and input.
  • Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, the signature commentators of the era.
  • The Oddities, a Power Stable that started as a scary circus sideshow Heel act before turning face and eventually going through Redemption Demotion/Badass Decay and being dismissed in early 1999.
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