The argument could be made that no World Wrestling Entertainment period in history is as beloved or revered decades after the fact as is what became known as The Attitude Era. It was at this point in the 1990s when the WWE moved away from what would be considered today to be “PG” television and went to an edgier and more controversial product. Conventional storylines of “good guys” versus “bad guys,” as WWE Chairman Vince McMahon once referenced in a famous promo, were cast aside and the fans were instead given more mature wrestling programming similar to what had been delivered by Extreme Championship Wrestling during the 1990s.
Regardless of when the WWE has tried to suggest that The Attitude Era began, fans have debated the topic for years. The truth of the matter is that the actual birth of The Attitude Era can be linked to storylines that were occurring on WWE programming in early 1997. It was at this point when it was being teased that Bret “The Hitman” Hart, the ultimate babyface of the WWE for years, was going to turn heel, and it was also when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin started to become an anti-hero among fans who loved that Austin cursed and was a different character than anything else being presented by the WWE at the time.
As great and as revolutionary as The Attitude Era was for its time, there were plenty of poor and even bad pay-per-view events that were featured from early 1997 up through the spring of 2002. As it pertains to shows being “unwatchable,” however, there is one WWE show that will forever stand out among the rest. That show, as some diehard fans of the business may have guessed, is remembered for the tragedy that occurred involving Owen Hart. There is no reason, not even curiosity, why any WWE should go back and watch that show from its beginning to its awful end.
15 2001 SummerSlam
14 2002 Royal Rumble
13 In Your House: St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1999)
12 WrestleMania 2000
11 1997 SummerSlam
10 1999 Survivor Series
9 In Your House: Rock Bottom (1998)
8 2001 Vengeance
7 1999 Unforgiven
6 1999 Royal Rumble
5 WrestleMania XV
4 D-Generation X: In Your House (1997)
3 1999 King of the Ring
2 WrestleMania 13
1 1999 Over the Edge
What the 1999 edition of Over the Edge could have been will never be known. It was on this fateful night when Owen Hart plummeted from high above the ring to his death after a stunt went horribly wrong. Vince McMahon and others running the WWE decided to continue the show, a decision that will be criticized by wrestling fans and journalists whenever the topic is mentioned at any point in the future. As bad as every other show on this list may have been, none is more unwatchable than Over the Edge. This show could disappear from the WWE Network entirely, and nobody would be worse off for it.
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