View Full Version : Rank the WWE era's

April 3rd, 2013, 12:48 PM
How would you rank them. Let's say:

Pre to early 80s: Sammartino, Morales, Rogers, Graham, Backlund, Sheik etc

Rock n Wrestling, The Hogan era: Hogan, Andre, Savage, Piper, Warrior, Dibiase, Slaughter, etc

Bret/Shawn era, post Hogan: Hart, Michaels, Yoko, Taker, Diesel, Ramon, Sid etc

Attitude era: Austin, Rock, Mcmahon, Mankind, HHH etc

Post Attitude: Angle, Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Brock, Biker Taker etc

Cena era: Cena, Edge, Orton, Batista, etc

New era: not really up for debate as it depends were it ges but I think there has been a shift over the last year or so that will probably end with the main players being Cena, Punk, Sheamus, ADR, Bryan etc

Feel free to change them up or break them down further.

The Law
April 3rd, 2013, 1:01 PM
If I had to break WWE history into eras, I would do it as follows:

Capitol Wrestling Era-1952 (founding) to 1963 (Leaving NWA, renamed "World Wide Wrestling Federation," Bruno Sammartino becomes champion)

Sammartino Era-1963 to 1977 (Bruno loses the title to Billy Graham)

Backlund-Graham Era: 1977 to 1984 (Vince Jr. buys the company, Hogan wins the title)

Rock N Wrestling Era: 1984 to 1993 (Hogan loses to Yokozuna at King of the Ring and leaves)

New Generation: 1993 to 1997 (Bret's tirade on Raw after losing to Sid)

Attitude Era: 1997 to 2001 (Wrestlemania 17)

Ruthless Aggression Era: 2001 to 2005 (Wrestlemania 21: Batista and Cena win the titles)

Cena Era: 2005 to 2008 (WWE goes PG)

PG Era: 2008 to 2010 (Wrestlemania 26: Undertaker, Michaels, and Triple H all retired as full-time performers)

2010 to present: Unnamed era. Not really any defining characteristics yet. I don't really buy into the "Reality Era," which petered out in Fall 2011.

April 3rd, 2013, 1:14 PM
Rock and Wrestling was actually only a relatively short period of time and looking back at the 80s WWF there is a distinct change in the feel of the product postWM 3, so I'd include another from around 88 to 93.

Winged Eagle?

April 3rd, 2013, 1:42 PM
I know a lot of people are younger and grew up on Attitude Era. You can't compare a kafabe era to a post-kayfabe era. No contest, the 85-91 WWF period was tops. Those guys were like rockstars. After it was confirmed pro wrestling was fake it lost a lot of magic. Attitude Era was able to capitalize off of WCW's sucess with strong storylines and characters. Well done and that deserves a lot of credit. With the Attitude Era it seemed for every great storyline, there was an asinine one right behind it. People often forget about all the god-awful angles back then because such crap was mixed in with so much great stuff.

1. Mid-late 80's WWF
2. Attitude Era
3. Bruno-Backlund Era
4. Bret/Shawn Era
5. Post Attitude
6. Cena Era

The Law
April 3rd, 2013, 1:50 PM
This isn't quite on the topic, but I feel like 1997 and 1998 were the best years to be wrestling fans. Wrestling was incredibly popular at the time and genuinely cool. WWF and WCW were both at their peaks and slugging it out in the ratings every week. ECW was also still going strong and doing a lot of revolutionary stuff. Think of all the great stuff that happened in this time: the Austin/Bret double-turn, Kane's debut, Eddie vs. Rey at Halloween Havoc, the Montreal Screwjob, Bret jumping to WCW, the entire Sting story, DDP's feud with Savage and rise to stardom, Austin winning the title, D-Generation X, Austin vs. McMahon, Goldberg, the first Hell in a Cell matches, the Highway to Hell, Warrior in WCW, the Four Horsemen reforming in 1998, Nash breaking Goldberg's streak.

Damn, those years rocked.

April 4th, 2013, 3:10 AM
Social media era would be the closest thing to call the present one.

April 8th, 2013, 6:43 PM
I think the Ruthless aggression era for the first couple of years was just as good as the Attitude Era, if not better in many ways. WWE really stepped up their production during that time, so much so that it still looks mint by today's standards. There was plenty of attitude as well, and hot biatches like Stacy, Torrie, Trish and Lilta.

Rock was at the very top of his game too, one killer promo after another, and there was Jericho, Goldberg, Hogan, the NWO and slew of top talent coming in and out. It all started to die off IMO when they gave the ball to Cena, I wasn't a fan of his wigger character, but his marine thing was brutal, and he's still using the same mannerisms, just awful stuff! Watching that neanderthal beat HBK at mania ended wrasslin" for me for a while.

I grew up in the Rock n Wrestling era, left around 93, and came back in 98, Rock and Stone Cold feuding drew me in, couldn't believe the stuff they were doing. Getting to see Hogan and Rock at mania in Toronto (live) was the pinnacle for me. Since 2007, it's been pretty obvious that Cena was thier new Hogan, only with half the charisma, if that.

Long winded babble aside, my fav eras

1. Attitude

2. Ruthless Aggression (early portions)

3. Rock n Wrestling

4. Fuck the rest IMO, but thank god for Punk, returning stars, and ECW/WCW/NWO/Sting for breaking new ground in 96/97!!