The Attitude Era was probably the most favored Attitude Era in the history of Pro Wrestling (I personally much prefer the Ruthless Agression). In this Attitude Era we could see the rivalry between WCW and WWE in its greatest splendor, and characters that left an indelible mark as Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, The Ministry Of Darkness and Triple H.
However, there were several fighters of this era who have contributed a lot to WWE’s success for a few days, but are somehow ignored when it comes to remembering that glorious Attitude Era. These fighters participated in PPV’S, in Storylines, but did not have the same recognition as they had the superstars previously mentioned, that had their DVDs, documentaries, etc.
Superstars Of Attitude Era
Before X-Pac, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg joined DX, DX was a group formed by Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna. Once everyone was united (except Shawn who suffered an injury that kept him 4 years out of activity), the popularity of the group took off and became the direct rivals of NWO. X-Pac also had a great moment of glory when he was champion in pairs next to Kane.
Al Snow is the perfect example of the type that appeared at the right time. Although he did not have great microphone handling or great techniques, he had one of the best Attitude Era Gimmicks: a man obsessed with a mannequin’s head who was supposedly communicating with him. It has had great combats against Hardcore Holly and Big Boss Man by the Hardcore championship, and it had great acceptance in the public. Unfortunately, Al Snow’s popularity began to decline when his action figure, which was accompanied by a mini “head”, was withdrawn from the market due to the complaints of many parents after thinking that he had a sexual reference.
One of the coolest characters of the mid-card in the late 90’s. Gangrel was not a multiple intercontinental champion, in fact, he never won a championship in WWE. But he was involved in several storylines and several fiefdoms. It is necessary to emphasize that Gangrel helped to introduce Christian to the company, when he, Edge and Christian formed the first incarnation of The Brood. This group later joined The Ministry of Darkness of The Undertaker during the spring of 1999. Gangrel also helped take off the Hardy Boyz’s fame when they formed “The New Brood” after Edge and Christian moved away from him. Gangrel was never as popular as X-Pac or Al Snow, but he had a great character, and more importantly, he has helped stand out for future world champions: Edge, Christian, and the Hardyz.
Previously mentioned in the review of X-Pac, Road Dogg helped DX become a popular faction. Many people these days think that, due to DX returns since 2006 with Triple H and Shawn Michaels, the group became popular because of these two. It is not so. DX became what it is today due to the entries of X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. Like Al Snow, he was a great example of the wrestler who came in the right place at the right time, only that unlike Snow, Dogg knew how to handle the microphone, and gave great promos. Together with Billy Gunn, they achieved glory in the Tag Team division after being champions together 5 times. He even won the Intercontinental Championship 1 time.
Known as “the most dangerous man in the world” because of his UFCC experience, Shamrock made a big impact from the moment he made his WWE debut. One of his first appearances was when he played the role of special referee in the bout of Hart vs. Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13, where Austin began its great popularity era. Ken was Intercontinental champion and was the winner of the 1998 edition of King Of The Ring. He had feuds with Vader, Nation Of Domination, DX and The Corporation. Although he never made it to the main event scene as many expected, Shamrock made his presence felt in his 2 years at the company.
Val Venis had never fought in another big company before, but when he debuted in WWE and was given the character of “ex-pornstar”, he immediately became one of the most beloved by the public. Venis won the Intercontinental Champion twice, before putting aside his XXX character when he joined Steven Richards’ Stable called Right To Censor (A stable that was a parody to parents who complained about the adult content that WWF offered for those times ).
With a great entrance song, ex-member of Nation Of Domination, and wearing an unnecessary chest protector, D’lo Brown was an excellent fighter. He debuted as a member of NOD where he occasionally teamed with Faarooq or Mark Henry. A small curiosity is that every time he made his entrance to the ring he always came in shaking his head looking everywhere, a small but good to rescue. Brown won the Intercontinental Championship when he defeated Jeff Jarrett in the summer of 1999 while he was European Champion. In fact, Brown was 4 times European Champion. Unfortunately, when he returned to WWE after a five-year absence in 2008 to face Santino Marella, he seemed to have been forgotten by fans.
No need to clarify again what this boy did for DX because it was already clarified 2 times previously in this special. Gunn was fighting in WWE for years, placed in several fiefdoms and ridiculous stories, before arriving at the glory with its personage of “Mr.Ass.” In 1999 gained the King Of The Ring and had a great moment of glory when it made pair With Chuck Palumbo.
The characters we saw in this era were really very diverse and colorful. For example, The Godfather. This fighter was already in WWE years ago, formerly known as Papa Shango and later as Kama Mustafa. But it was not until he adopted this character when his career and popularity soared. Few superstars used to have more ovations than the Godfather during their innings.
If these two guys had not joined, possibly their careers in WWE would have had the same success as that of Trent Barreta. After being together for a year known as “Too Much,” an almost homosexual duo, the character was changed to “Too Cool”, a duo who danced in the ring, with strange movements like the famous “Worm.” Then they added the duo to Rikishi. Too Cool became one of the most popular WWE stables in early 2000.