WWE: This Era is Better in Ring Than Attitude Era


In a recent interview, WWE superstar Sheamus said that the current product is better than the Attitude Era. This could be considered a “hot take” but the former world champion is just telling the truth instead of being nostalgic.

Sheamus recently told Tom Fordy of the Sun, that the current era of WWE is “just a different level” than the Attitude Era. The former world champion claimed that the current roster is composed of athletes that are “far superior” than anything from the 80s or 90s.

By some, his comment has been considered a “hot take” but forget the nostalgia for one moment to consider the Celtic warrior may just be stating facts.

"“The level of athleticism has evolved so much since we watched as kids. The athletes that WWE has now are far superior to anything that we had the 1980s or the 1990s. You look back at the Attitude Era and the level of entertainment we put in the ring now. The Attitude Era doesn’t even come close. I’m not afraid to say that either. You watch some of the stuff Cesaro does in the ring; with his size, the way he moves around the ring, the moves he hits, the way he picks up guys twice his size. It’s just a different level.”"

Let’s be honest, wrestling fans are so nostalgic about the Attitude era they put 90’s basketball fans obsession with Michael Jordan to shame. Nostalgia allows a fan to reflect on the “better days” of professional wrestling, before the PG Era or this “New Era” Era. Whether it was the blood, the cursing, the beer, the ultra-violence or the overall Monday Night Wars; the Attitude Era represents many fans’ favorite time period simply to be fan and possibly the reason they are a fan period.

They remember the moments with DX and the corporation, and the classics between Steve Austin and the Rock. Not the moments like Mark Henry and Mae Young giving birth to a hand or matches with a Playboy-sponsored stipulation for the models posing as wrestlers.

When it comes to strictly an in-ring product, the so-called New Era, objectively, has the most talented roster top-to-bottom. With all due respect, the Attitude Era had some of the best technical wrestlers sports-entertainment had ever seen. Still, the current roster holds up.

AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, the New Day (especially Kofi Kingston), Nakamura and Dolph Ziggler and current WWE Champion Randy Orton are undeniable athletes who are also top-tier in-ring talents. Not to mention the current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is a freak athlete in his own right who is known across the sports world for various accomplishments; including winning a National Championship in wrestling, making the Minnesota Vikings pre-season roster and winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

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Most fans when they fantasy book or try to compare the different eras, will place the current talent in a previous era. Seldom do fans pick Attitude Era talent in the New Era, this reality era we are currently experiencing.

Yes, the obvious legends would survive now. The likes of Austin, Rock, HBK, Undertaker and Triple H could have success in this current era because with the exception of Austin all of the aforementioned superstars have competed with current talent.

Ask yourself this, how many Attitude Era superstars could wrestle in Ring of Honor? If ROH existed back then, how many superstars from Raw or Nitro would actually be able to succeed in ROH because of their in-ring ability? Whoever comes to mind is a probably a former WWE, ECW or WCW champion and probably a current or future Hall-of-Famer. Conversely, much of the current WWE roster is comprised of former ROH champions.

Once again, no disrespect is meant towards the Attitude Era. Simply put, everyone loves said era and remembers it fondly. Most of the current roster has that same nostalgia for the Attitude Era like the fans do because they too are fans.

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But like every other sport, the following generations are faster, stronger, etc. than the ones that preceded them. Acknowledging modern talent’s advancements is not disrespect to the past but living proof that their legacy will never be forgotten.