The Attitude Era was a very special time in the history of wrestling that will never be duplicated. It was the hottest time period in WWE history with stars like Steve Austin and The Rock connecting with the mainstream audience on a level never seen before. WWE set ratings records every Monday with Raw bringing in millions of viewers to keep up with the product. A deep roster with guys like Triple H, Mick Foley, The Undertaker and Chris Jericho working under The Rock and Austin gave us star power that would never be matched.
There were many factors for the success of the company, but the talent deserves the most credit. Everyone was at the top of their game fighting to make a mark in the competitive field. Many of the Attitude Era stars are or will eventually enter the WWE Hall of Fame with legendary reputations behind them. Through the years, friendships have survived and some have actually formed bonds after tough times working together. Being a part of something that special will surely create a connection. We’ll look at some of the pairs of memorable Attitude Era wrestlers that are still good friends today.
15 15. Shawn Michaels and Triple H
Let’s get an obvious friendship out of the way with the bromance between Triple H and Shawn Michaels standing the test of time. Michaels saw something special in Triple H and made him a part of The Kliq with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman. The latter three left the WWE leaving Michaels and Triple H alone with the rest of the locker room hating them.
14 14. Mark Henry and Kane
A pair of friends no one ever wants to piss off would be Kane and Mark Henry. As two of the most physically intimidating men on the roster, Kane and Henry have been with the WWE for two decades. They are two of the rare talents still active today from the days of the Attitude Era. WWE Network’s Table for 3 showed Henry, Kane and Big Show discuss their friendship over the years.
13 13. Trish Stratus and Lita
The majority of female wrestlers during the Attitude Era weren’t actual wrestlers. Women like Sable, Terri Runnels, Debra and The Kat couldn’t wrestle a competent match but were used on television weekly for their looks. Two future legends desperately wanted to change the women’s division for the better. Trish Stratus and Lita completely shook things up towards the end of the Attitude Era when joining the company.
12 12. JBL and Ron Simmons
Not all tag teams are close friends and most actually don’t enjoy each other’s company outside of the ring. A rare case of tag team partners being put together and becoming best friends is the story of the APA. JBL and Ron Simmons were regarded as two of the toughest men in the industry and the locker room enforcers in the WWE. Naturally they made a great tag team fixture in the division for many years.
11 11. Kurt Angle and Big Show
Kurt Angle and Big Show both entered WWE around the same time from completely different worlds. Angle was brand new to the professional wrestling industry coming off a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal for the United States in amateur wrestling. Show made the jump to WWE following a couple of years in WCW. Both would become players in the WWE adding great depth to the Attitude Era.
10 10. Jim Ross and Steve Austin
The close friendship between Jim Ross and Steve Austin played a huge role in both of their careers. Everyone associates the voice of Ross with the memorable moments of Austin's career, during his best years in the Attitude Era. JR is regarded as the greatest play-by-play announcer in wrestling history and Austin is often selected as the greatest star of all-time. They each benefited from the relationship on-screen and off-screen.
9 9. The Hardyz and Dudleyz
One of the most underrated things about the Attitude Era was the tag team division. Three tag teams emerged from the era as the faces of tag team wrestling for the time period. Edge & Christian, The Hardyz and The Dudleyz had classic matches against each other with the use of tables, ladders and chairs in various forms. The TLC stipulation was born to give it an official match and they stole the show every single time.
8 8. Shane McMahon and Pete Gas
The friendship between Shane McMahon and Pete Gas existed before wrestling and lived through it. Gas was hired to be a member of Shane’s Mean Street Posse based off the reality of them being close friends in real life. Along with Rodney and Joey Abs, Gas did the lackey work for Shane and the rest of the McMahon family, typically being used as comedic jobbers.
7 7. X-Pac and Billy Gunn
D-Generation X formed many friendships that still exist today. One of the closer friendships between former DX members features Sean “X-Pac” Waltman and Billy Gunn. The two men joined DX following Shawn Michaels’ 1998 retirement along with Road Dogg and did an outstanding job taking the faction forward. Waltman and Gunn have been in and out of the WWE doghouse for many years but remained close.
6 6. Mick Foley and The Rock
The Rock and Mick Foley demonstrated incredible chemistry during the Attitude Era in various forms. They were great opponents with numerous classic matches against each other during the height of the Attitude Era. Foley and also managed to form a hilariously entertaining tag team known as The Rock 'n' Sock Connection. Wrestling fans were happy every time The Rock and Foley were on-screen together.
5 5. Chris Jericho and Edge
Chris Jericho and Edge were two of the most successful Canadian wrestlers of the Attitude Era, bringing pride to their country. Jericho was a singles star from day one showing great charisma and in-ring skills that would eventually take him to the top of the WWE. Edge had a thriving career with tag partner Christian during the Attitude Era, but ultimately broke out to become a huge singles star.
4 4. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels
One odd friendship features two former Attitude Era stars that despised each other more than any other pair in WWE history. Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were rivals in and out of the ring. Hart loathed Michaels’ disrespectful attitude and it led to them getting personal on the air in the early days of the Attitude Era.
3 3. Triple H and William Regal
A long lasting friendship to benefit the WWE features the close relationship between Triple H and William Regal. Triple H had a horrible time in WCW, but Regal was one of the people he enjoyed working with. When Regal came to the WWE during the Attitude Era, he had a friend in Triple H there. The friendship evolved over time.
2 2. The Undertaker and Kane
Kane’s legendary WWE career will always be associated with The Undertaker. As brothers on the show, Kane and Undertaker had many feuds with one of the greatest rivalries of the Attitude Era. The Undertaker believed in Kane and did a lot to help establish him as a monster heel. Many stars in The Undertaker’s position would have refused to put over an unproven new character the way he did.
1 1. Edge and Christian
Perhaps the greatest friendship in the history of the wrestling business would be the story of Edge and Christian. They were childhood friends coming together through a mutual passion for the wrestling industry. Edge and Christian trained together and eventually made it to the WWE during the Attitude Era as a tag team. Playing brothers on screen, they managed to win the Tag Titles seven times in a few years.
Christian went on to have a successful singles career in both WWE and TNA, while Edge achieved a bit more success as a WWE legend. Despite the changes each man went through in their lives, they always remained extremely close. Edge and Christian are still like two children making jokes together while sharing their passion of wrestling. You can watch it play out on their WWE Network show. WWE having Edge and Christian play brothers made perfect sense considering their friendship is a tight brotherhood.
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