Many WWE fans remember when the Attitude Era was blazing hot. In fact, most longtime fans will tell you that the Attitude Era was the best time in wrestling history. The WWE was a much different place in the 1990s. The Divas didn't mind showing off their "goods," and the wrestlers cursed regularly during their promos. Aside from the controversial programming, the WWE roster was loaded in those days. Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and The Undertaker were all in their prime during the Attitude Era. The wrestling business was cutthroat in those days, and certain cliques were formed in order to control the company behind the scenes.
Vince McMahon appeared regularly on Monday Night Raw. His presence was always felt. Each wrestler felt the pressure as the chairman of the board watched on intently. The working environment was tense, but the wrestlers were much better performers back then.
Combining controversial storylines with some of the best performers of all time helped to make the Attitude Era the most memorable time in sports entertainment history. While today's roster is much weaker, there are currently some superstars who would have fit in during the Attitude Era.
The entries on this list were carefully chosen. Wrestling ability and promo skills were very important, but intangibles were also considered. For one, a WWE Superstar's physique is sometimes just as important as wrestling ability. Don't believe me? Just take a look at the Ultimate Warrior or even Hulk Hogan. While they are both legends, neither Hogan or the Warrior could hold a candle to Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels. Of course, neither can Roman Reigns. Nonetheless, some of the entries on this list may surprise you.
An honorable mention goes out to CM Punk, who is only excluded from this list because he's no longer a wrestler. CM Punk's promo skills would have carried him a long way in the Attitude Era. Could you imagine CM Punk and the 1997 version of Shawn Michaels in a promo together? Or, how about CM Punk against Stone Cold? Punk would have been the perfect heel, and his squeaky clean lifestyle would have earned him a lot of hatred from the WWE fans. The Attitude Era was the best time to be a wrestling fan, and it's truly unfortunate that CM Punk did not get to participate in the wild festivities of the late 1990s.
Nonetheless, there are still plenty of current stars that would have done just fine in the Attitude Era.
Paige is already one of the best on the roster, but her character would have fared even better in the Attitude Era. She has a distinct look, which would have separated her from the parade of tanned blondes during the Attitude Era. She has a unique and incredibly sexy look and she seems like the kind of performer that doesn't mind pushing the envelope. That's what the Attitude Era was all about and while Paige is capable of wrestling a great match, she would have have been the best all around performer in the Divas division back in the day.
14 Cody Rhodes/ Stardust
Cody Rhodes comes from a long line of wrestling greatness. His father, Dusty Rhodes, was one of the greatest performers of all time. In this case, the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Cody is one of the best wrestlers on the current WWE roster. Unfortunately, the bookers at the WWE aren't giving him the right push, and it's definitely hurting his career. Nonetheless, Cody Rhodes is a true superstar, and he could be much more than just Goldust's brother.
13 AJ Styles
Although AJ Styles may be a new addition to the WWE roster, he is in fact a pro-wrestling veteran. Styles has competed in basically every wrestling organization. Thankfully, Styles has found his way to the WWE, and he has already received a tremendous amount of love from the fans.
11 Dolph Ziggler
9 Roman Reigns
7 Bray Wyatt
6 Kevin Owens
5 Randy Orton
4 John Cena
3 Dean Ambrose
2 Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins turned his back on his Shield brothers long ago, but it was undoubtedly the best thing he ever did. Rollins is by far the most skilled performer in the WWE right now. His match against John Cena at last year's SummerSlam was an instant classic. The amazing triple threat match between Rollins, Cena, and Lesnar at the 2015 Royal Rumble may have been the greatest triple threat match of all time.
1 Brock Lesnar
The Beast Incarnate was on a tear in 2014, but his lack of a regular schedule seems to have hindered his push. In 2014, he became the first man to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania. He also destroyed John Cena at the following SummerSlam to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Today, Lesnar no longer has the championship belt around his waist, but he still hasn't been pinned in recent years.
Placing Brock Lesnar in the Attitude Era would have changed the entire landscape of the time. Lesnar is a freak athlete, and he c
n do almost anything in the ring. Brock would be a huge star in the late 1990s, and he would've had an incredible group of athletes to work with. The Beast would've fit in just fine in the Attitude Era.
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