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Let’s Say Nice Things About... The Attitude Era

In an effort to bring some positivity to professional wrestling—and the world for that matter—Cageside Seats and its community will say nice things about people and things in wrestling every single day throughout 2017.

A reminder of the rules: only positivity allowed here. No back-handed compliments, and CERTAINLY NO NEGATIVITY. If you don’t have something nice to say, keep it to yourself, or take it elsewhere. Negative comments will be deleted and you may be subjected to a ban. Cool? Cool.

Today’s subject: WWE’s most celebrated—and most controversial—time period, the Attitude Era.

NOTE: Two of them, actually. First, we’re talking about the time period known as the Attitude Era, not the video game WWF Attitude. Second, there are conflicting points on where the Attitude Era began and where it ended. For the purposes of this topic, we’ll use the time from November 1997, when the WWF introduced the scratch logo, to Wrestlemania X-Seven in April 2001, following the end of the Monday Night War. (I’ll allow a little wiggle room.)

I’ll start. Nearly all of my favorite wrestling moments from my adulthood have come from this three year period. I’m not sure what that says about my wrestling fandom, quite honestly.

One advantage this era had over most every era before—or since, for that matter—is that every show felt like a must-see event. There was an energy to every crowd and every show that made even the worst shows worth sitting through. The matches weren’t always top-notch, the stories didn’t always make sense, but the character development was absolutely there.

The era also brought in many new fans and fans that checked out when Hulkamania ended. For the latter group, it was nice to see wrestling grow up with them and be the pop cultural zeitgeist it was a decade prior. For the former group, it was a perfect fit for what entertainment was at the time.

Oh yeah... THORN IN YOUR EYE, you guys. A song first introduced deep in the heart of the New Generation would for all intents and purposes become the official theme of the Attitude Era.

Well, it’s either that or this. You know what happens when you hear the glass...

Ok, your turn. Say something nice about the Attitude Era.

And if you have a suggestion for a future “Let’s Say Nice Things About...”, hit me up on Twitter @notoriouseddie. I promise I won’t bite.

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