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Top 15 Current WWE Stars That Wouldn't Have Made It In The Attitude Era

The world has changed immensely over the last 18 years and professional wrestling is no exception to that. WWE’s most successful time period in the 90s, known as the Attitude Era, was of the style of “crash television” featuring violence, sex and controversy. Champions cursed each other out, women stripped topless on PPV, gimmicks of pimps and adult stars were made, the owner of the company urinated on himself – hard to believe this could happen in WWE but it did and it was all very successful. That’s what the fans of the Attitude Era and what society in general was captivated by.

In the current world of wrestling, fans look more towards action and simpler characters that they can relate to rather than look up to. Maybe it’s the superhero era of Marvel films telling the story of the human beings behind the costume but fans seem to care more about wrestlers’ real journeys to the top such as a Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens or Seth Rollins, rather than a story play out with a “Superman” character overcoming the evil odds. Regardless of what it exactly is, it’s the opposite of what the Attitude Era was.

Wrestlers all have different skill sets with varying strengths and weaknesses. Not all wrestlers could succeed in all eras and that’s not a negative as there’s no reason for a 90s star to have the traits of what would become popular 20 years later nor would it would make sense for a current star to live in the past. This list isn’t to demean anyone as most of my personal favorite wrestlers are on it but these are the 15 current stars in WWE that would not have been as successful if they had to make it in the Attitude Era.

14 15. Hideo Itami

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13 14. Randy Orton

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12 12. Bayley

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11 11. Bray Wyatt

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10 10. Sami Zayn

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9 9. The Usos

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8 8. Sasha Banks

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7 7. The Miz

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6 6. Neville

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5 5. John Cena

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4 4. Dolph Ziggler

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3 3. Sheamus

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2 2. Kevin Owens

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1 1. Daniel Bryan

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Similar to Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in separate ways, Daniel Bryan currently represents everything this generation of wrestling fan wants and is the opposite of everything the Attitude Era fan wanted. Bryan’s look is very atypical of the average WWE wrestler at just 5’8’’ tall, along with a very ge nric look aside from his massive beard. The main factor for fans buying into Bryan as much as they do, to the point of rejecting Attitude Era-style stars such as Batista and Roman Reigns, is because they see love to see him leave it all out in the ring, they know he’s a genuine person who loves the wrestling business and when he performs, they see a lot of themselves, which is what people gravitate towards today.

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