YMMV / Attitude Era

  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After the Montreal Screwjob and Vince's "Cure for the Common Show" promo, everyone was predicting that WWE was doomed and that this new direction would fail and that WCW would remain on top. Who's still around?
  • Nostalgia Filter:
    • There are many claims it was a boom period for pro wrestling, when it was mostly a boom for one pro wrestling company.
      WrestleCrap: Ever since Vince McMahon bought out WCW in 2001, WWE’s TV ratings trends have been fluctuating between the proverbial “free fall” and the proverbial “graceful descent with a parachute.”
    • Also claims that it was especially revolutionary, as it largely ripped from ECW as mentioned on the main tab, which in itself was ECW ripping from Big Japan, who ripped from FMW, who ripped from WWC&CWA, etc. Most of the "good" stuff is remembered too, rather than the "bad" stuff. Many will talk about how religiously they watched wrestling during the "Attitude Era" but can't recall Mark Henry's Brother-Sister Incest angle even on the offer of money. The assumption is that if WWE immediately went back to MA then all their problems would be over. If anything, PG probably stops Vince from running with his more crazy ideas.
    • One thing for the Attitude Era: It was politically incorrect. When the various parents groups started complaining, WWE(F) was fantastic in telling them to sod off. This type of confidence in their product is severely lacking now; the sponsors might get nervous.
    • In recent years, there's been questions of whether the "Ruthless Aggression Era" that followed may have actually been better than the Attitude Era. The success of talent such as Kurt Angle, Wrestling Edge, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Benoit, as well as the debut of future stars like John Cena, Randy Orton, and Batista certainly helps this argument. However, for some, the era will always be sullied by Benoit's murder/suicide.
  • Values Dissonance: Quite a bit, especially compared to today's "Be a Star", PG WWE. For instance, one of Kane's unofficial nicknames invoked slurs on the disabled that would never fly in this day and age in any media, much less PG era wrestling.