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Lists the various WWE wrestlers active during the Attitude Era, from March 23, 1997 through March 26, 2001. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.

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Águila/Papi Chulo/Essa Ríos (José Delgado Saldaña) 1997-2001

Prince Albert/Albert/A-Train/Lord Tensai/Tensai/Jason Albert (Matthew Jason "Matt" Bloom) 1999-2004, 2012-present

Kurt Angle (Kurt Steven Angle) 1999-2006, 2017-2020


Chris Benoit (Christopher Michael Benoit) 2000-2007

Big Show (Paul Randall Wight Jr.) 1999-2007, 2008-2018, 2020-2021

See also: New World Order and The Authority.

Steve Blackman 1997-2002, 2007

The Blue Meanie (Brian Heffron) 1998-1999, 2005

Gerald Brisco (Floyd Gerald Brisco) 1984-1985, 1994-2009

D'Lo Brown (Accie Julius Conner) 1997-2003, 2008-2009

Bull Buchanan (Barry Buchanan) 1997-2001, 2002-2003, 2011

See also: Right to Censor


Christian (William Jason Reso) 1998-2005, 2009-2014, 2020-2021


Droz/Puke (Darren Drozdov) 1998-1999

Spike Dudley (Matthew "Matt" Hyson) 2001-2005


Edge (Adam Joseph Copeland) 1998-2011, 2020-



Sho Funaki (船木 勝一 Funaki Shoichi) 1998-2010
  • Dark Horse Victory: Few expected him to become number one contender to the cruiserweight championship. Fewer expected him to win it yet he did, held on to it, and successfully defended it in Tokyo.
  • Gag Dub: As voiced by Howard Finkel "Indeed" in 2000-2001
  • Gratuitous English: "Smackdown announcer number one!" He got better.
  • I Have the High Ground
  • I Know Kung Fu: When he came back from interviewing as Kung Fu Naki, after taking a little rap by R-Truth to heart.
  • Jobber: One of the more well known examples, which was probably why Stephanie made him an interviewer. To elaborate, you can typically tell if a wrestler is going to job if they don't even get entrance music going into a match. Often times WWE will bring out guys not on the roster and sometimes not even in any long term relationship with the company, just to have them get beat by stars they have signed that have nothing else to do. Funaki lost to one of those guys, after he came out with entrance music even when the other guy didn't. Diamondback today is only remembered as that nobody who beat Funaki!
    • To be fair, "Diamondback" was actually a WWE contracted star (Brian Kendrick) and did, in fact, get an entrance that night. It was still presented, however, as a major upset (despite Funaki jobbing everywhere else)
  • Laughably Evil: As part of Kaientai.
  • Red Baron: "Kung Fu" Naki
  • Rising Sun: One of his finishing moves.


Gangrel (David Heath) 1998-2001, 2007

Giant Silva (Paulo Silva) 1998-1999

Eddie Guerrero (Eduardo Gori Guerrero Llanes) 2000-2005


Crash Holly (Michael Lockwood) 1999-2003


Chris Jericho (Christopher Keith Irvine) 1999-2005, 2007-2010, 2012-2018


Key (Vic Grimes) 1999

K-Kwik/R-Truth (Ron Killings) 2000-2001, 2008-

Kurrgan (Robert Maillet) 1997-1999



Dean Malenko (Shelly Dean Simon) 2000-2018

Meat/Shawn Stasiak (Dr. Shawn Emile Stipich) 1999-2000, 2001-2002

TAKA Michinoku (吉田 貴男 Yoshida Takao) 1997–2001


The Patriot (Del Wilkes) 1997


William Regal (Darren Kenneth Matthews) 1998-1999, 2000-

Stevie Richards (Michael Manna) 1999-2008

See also: Right to Censor


Perry Saturn (Perry Arthur Satullo) 2000-2002

Dan Severn (Daniel "Dan" DeWayne Severn) 1998-1999

Ken Shamrock (Kenneth Wayne Shamrock, born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick) 1997-1999


Tazz (Peter Senerchia) 2000-2009

Test (Andrew Martin) 1998-2004, 2006-2007


Val Venis (Sean Allen Morley) 1998-2009

See also: Right to Censor



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