Professional Wrestling has lived through several golden eras up until now. The Rock N’ Wrestling era of the 1980’s saw the birth of Hulkamania, the rise of the Ultimate Warrior, and implosion of the Mega Powers. Soon Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, The Million Dollar Man, and Junkyard Dog became household names – if only in the mouths of young boys and their cantankerous fathers who watched with the same amount of love for the sports entertainment brainchild of Vince McMahon.
In the late 90’s the Attitude Era found a product that took those same boys who loved the previous era (but fell away from it as most did) and delivered the sex, drugs, and violence the sport had not seen previously. The rise of Ted Turner’s money-turned-ratings-grabbing WCW brand fought tooth-and-nail with McMahon’s WWF. Arenas choked to the gills with rabid fans of the NWO, Degeneration X, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Goldberg, and the Rock. It was a glorious time to be(come) a fan (again).
But as with so many things, trends rise and fall with the tides. When the Attitude Era faded away, what was left was an awkward return to form. WCW was sold to Vince McMahon. The WWF rebranded as the WWE, and became TV-PG. With it, John Cena would arise to be face that runs the place for the next decade – a feat that lasted longer than Hulkamania and the Attitude Era combined. Sadly, the zeitgeist no longer followed suit. The WWE is no longer en vogue with the world as it once was (in spite of what they might say otherwise).
Simply put: Pro-Wrestling isn’t cool anymore… but it’s never been better than it is right now. Here’s 5 reasons why.