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Top 10 Pay-Per Views in the Attitude Era

Even though the Monday Night Wars is the center point of the battle between WWF and WCW, it’s really the Pay Per View buys that makes the most money. The attitude era would have been nothing without these pay per views that many episodes of Raw did their damnedest to promote! Without the edge and excitement going around Raw is War each week, it wouldn’t encourage us to buy these shows. As stated in the last blog, The Attitude Era was a huge pond filled with big fishes and if you wanted to see these stars put to the test, more times than not the Pay Per Views in the Attitude Era certainly delivered their fullest potential. You could never see so much recklessness and variety match ups before with many of these pay per views and modern wrestling today lacks all excitement and entertainment value that these shows form this era upholds.  It was an ultimate party that everybody wanted to see and the show certainly delivered many of things that we don’t get a chance to see on Raw like title changes, impact moves that really cause a huge reaction to the crowd, and match finishes that were incredibly creative and given an everlasting impression more so than any other television broadcasting. And that’s why I’m here to count down the ten of the best pay per view shows in the Attitude Era that everyone needs to see!

Number 10.  –  Backlash 2000

Wrestlemania 16 was a terrible show and it was definitely going to be hard to have  a good show that will follow up the grandest stage of them all. This card certainly outdid Wrestlemania 16 by delivering results that the fans can all agree was necessary! Edge and Christian defeated DX  members X-Pac and Road Dogg was a good opener, the 6-Man hardcore match for the hardcore championship was wild, Big Show-Kurt Angle was a great squash match, and th Benoit-Jericho match was one of the best technical wrestling that the attitude era had in store for us fans. And if you love the attitude era because of the level of sexiness involve, this pay per view is in stored for you when Trish Stratus was powerbombed through the table by the Dudley Boys and Chyna getting stripped by Lita was incredibly hot! And of course the main event between Triple H and The Rock was something that should have been in Wrestlemania 16. A lot of people bought this pay per view just to see The Rock win the WWF Championship and have the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Rock had all the odds against him with McMahon’s minions saving Triple H from loosing the title. It’s up to The Rock’s old rival to save him and as soon as the audio clip of the glass shattered, the whole arena roared when Austin finally made his return hitting everyone with a chair. Having the Rock win the WWF championship from Triple H at Backlash was one of the most satisfying moments of the Attitude Era, leaving The Rock and Austin drink beer together to close the show.

Number 9.  –  SummerSlam 1999

A lot of people over looks this Summerslam and favor more for the 1998 event instead. I agree that the only dud in this whole show would have to be Rock-Mr. Ass kiss my ass match that was a horrible gimmick, meanwhile the rest of the card was incredibly solid! I still remember Al SnowBig Boss Man hardcore title match went from the arena all the way to a local coffee shop that I couldn’t believe was able to pull off. Jeff Jerret trolled the whole audience like he was separated with Debra but she backfired D’Lo and reunited Jeff retaining his Eurocontinental title. Brilliant! The underrated Lion’s Den Weapons match between Ken Shamrock and Steve Blackman was perfect for these two martial artists! Kane and X-Pac had their final Tag Team run together here in this Summerslam when Undertaker and Big Show creamed them for the titles. And one match that everyone forgotten over the years has been Test-Shane McMahon Street Fight. It’s forgotten now because the stipulation is that if Test wins he keeps his relationship with Stephanie and looking at the boss’s daughter now married to Triple H, it’s no wonder why Test is forgotten. It was one hell of a brawl and definitely the ten greatest Summerslam matches. And the main event between Mankind-Aust-Triple H was the second greatest triple threat because we had ourselves the best special guest referee of all time, Jessie “The Body” Ventura that made that match and screwed over the heel like a pro! It was genius to have Mankind leave the arena with the WWF Championship leaving Austin getting beat by Chyna and Triple H as closure to the show. Is this one of the most underrated Summerslams? Definitely! 

Number 8.  –  Over The Edge 1998

This In Your House show is one of those special wrestling show that captures the the appeal of the Attitude Era. Not only was this card one of the best ones, but the in between match segments and brawls seen in this show was totally entertaining. All the story lines happening during May 31, 1998 were really pushing it forward into engaging story lines and fantastic match ups. Things like Farooq attacking The Rock, (after an awesome opener with Legion of Doom winning), or Marc Mero shoot matching Sable, D-X brawling with the Nation, and even Pat Peterson giving an intro to Vince McMahon as special guest referee and Dude Love was fantastic to build up for what’s later to be seen in the show. And the anticipation never disappointed which is what’s seriously lacking in many other wrestling shows. There were a lot of surprise in this show like Marc Mero beating Sable, Kaientai-Taka Michinoku/Justin Bradshaw match were high flying action that we tend to forget happened in Attitude, many more took me off guard. And there were headline matches that exceed our expectations. The Rock-Farooq match certainly delivered after a long storyline with former leader and then-current lead of Nation of Dominaiton while earlier the feud was so good that they brawled earlier in the show. Vader making his last appearance in the WWF after getting creamed by the awesome Kane was certainly emotional & memorable. But still remember the long awaited D-Generation X vs. Nation of Domination has been one of the best faction vs. faction match that doesn’t happen often in wrestling. Sure a lot of heels in this show won many of these matches, but I really enjoyed & fully appreciated that every aspect of the show felt different from the other. This isn’t a card with basic matches, Over The Edge ’98 was a professional wrestling experience that has was incredibly varied and creative all at once! And the match that certainly paid off is the main event with Dude Love vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin with Vince McMahon as special guest referee. It was a brawl of a life time, but the whole match was a fantastic shoot of McMahon and Austin. All the plans of trying to take the WWF Championship away from Austin was backfired when Austin knocked both Dude Love and McMahon having Austin to use McMahon’s only hand to make the three count to retain as Champ. This pay per view was completely wild and never stopped being entertaining from beginning to end. Everything that you want from Attitude, you got them all in Over The Edge 1998

Number 7.  –  Armageddon 1999

This show has a very special place in my heart because it was the last WWF PPV of the 20th century and entering the new millennium, Armageddon gave us a huge impact! I’ll still remember that this is the only Rock & Sock Connection match in a PPV in the whole Attitude era and seeing them work as a team was priceless gold! Chris Jericho winning the Intercontinental Championship for the first time from Chyna was a historic moment and Kane beating X-Pac in a Cage match after an emotional betrayal was a fantastic finish, Big Show creaming Big Boss Man was one of the best burying I’ve ever seen, and the Four corners Evening Gown Pool match was one of the hottest Divas stipulation matches ever! But the final match with Triple H and Vince McMahon was one of the best hardcore matches of the entire Attitude Era! It took place all around the arena and almost got Triple H kicked from a car crash. And the finish of the match was one of the most devastating moments of all finishes to a pay per view where Triple H not only beat Vince McMahon, but he captured Stephanie’s, his daughter, heart! It was the beginning of my favorite angle the McMahon-Helmsley Era forever changing the Stephanie McMahon character from an innocent daughter into a spoiled brat. For some wondering why I like Armageddon 1999 over the 2000 because 2000 was a one match show having the 6-Man Hell in a Cell that’s only worth watching. 1999 was an incredibly strong card in comparison. If the Y2K problem was really going to happen, this show was prepared to entertain everyone to at last celebrate like it’s 1999

Number 6.  –  Summerslam 2000

This Summerslam is an ultimate party! If you like big spots and gimmick matches, stipulations, and other variations of professional wrestling, Summerslam 2000 is exactly what you need to watch. The first ever Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match took place in Raleigh, North Carolina at Summerslam 2000. It was more of a rematch of Wrestlemania 16’s Triangle Ladder Match with Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boys, and The Dudley’s battled in a fantastic match with Swanton Bombs, 3D’s through some wood, and a spear off the ladder. This opened up the mind of fans to witness the unexpected from the typical Ladder Match genre, and opened up the idea of innovative ways to implement other pieces in a ladder match besides the steel scaffolding. And we were also offered the best Hardcore title match having Steve Blackman taking an elbow drop from Shane McMahon then threw Shane off the stage set and crashed onto him. This was so pretty, yet so ugly at the same time. And to turn the heat up high, we got a chance to see a stinkface match between two of the hottest Divas in the 2000 roster with Terri and Kat in the bikini’s for the millions watching! The main event featured three of the best in many different ways. The Rock, Triple H, and Kurt Angle would give the crowd so many twists and turns. I loved the athleticism between the men throughout, including an Angle Slam, followed by a Rock Bottom. The drama in the ring was complete, and the finish was excellent. This also turned out to be a critical point in the story progression of Kurt Angle, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. Excellent writing, better booking, and a card with heavy top tier talent.

Number 5.  –  St. Valentines Day Massacre

This is the Pay Per View that all WWF fan who was with the company in the start of the Attitude Era wanted to see the most. This show is very much like No Way Out 2001 where it was a build up to Wrestlemania 15, and just like No Way Out 2001, St. Valentines Day Massacre is much better than the Wrestlemania show it’s building up! Even right from the beginning the crowd roared for Goldust to give Bluedust (Blue Meanie) a shattered dream, to a Bob HollyAl Snow hardcore match, and Val Venis beating Ken Shamrock for the Intercontinental Championship is what made this show stand out so well. Sure there were a bit of some dud like Owen & Jerret beating Mark Henry and D’Lo Brown, and Big Boss Man defeating Ministry member Medion. But the final three matches certainly made the show as memorable as it is. One of my favorite tag team matches of the whole Era was Kane and Chyna (representing the Corporation) vs. Triple H and X-Pac (representing D-Generation X). This whole story goes when Chyna betrayed DX for the Corporation and the team work of HHH and Pac was magnificent. And the best ever Last Man Standing match between Mankind and The Rock fantastic, even though it wasn’t as good as the “I Quit” match in Royal Rumble 2000. The Rock hated Mankind so much that he had to take a break from wrestling and commentate for a moment and even got a mic and sang to the crowd! Hilarious! It was still amazing to see these two beat each other so badly that it knocked resulting a draw. And the main event is what we came to see. A full year of Austin vs. McMahon we finally had a cage match with these two and it was complete satisfactory to see McMahon getting his ass kicked so badly it enter my Top 5 favorite Attitude Era Matches! This show so much fun to watch and one of the forgotten PPV’s of the Attitude Era. 

Number 4.  –  King of the Ring ’98

I make no hyperbole when I say that, this is the show that truly defined the whole Era of Attitude! From the opening with The Headbangers/Taka MichinokuKaientai match, Sable returning, Ken Shemrock beating the Rock in the King in the Ring Final Round, Vince McMahon shoot interview on the main event, D-Generation X’s dominance over Owen & Midnight Express, the hilarious Al Snow & Head beaten by Too Much (now known as Too Cool), and the final two matches that went completely chaotic! Everyone around the world should remember the Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker & Mankind. It is the most brutal, fearsome, and unpredictable match of all time. If there’s a reason why Hell in a Cell is such a popular match type, it has to be because of the impact that this match given us. If the Golden Age’s defining moment was Hulk Hogan bodyslamming Andre The Giant in Wrestlemania III, Attitude Era’s defining moment was when Undertaker tossing Mankind off the Hell in the Cell, not once but twice. To me this was the most important match of all time because it exposed the violence and seriousness of professional to the mainstream. I seriously think that without this match the WWF would never get so much popularity and the sake that Mick Foley sacrificed his own life for the company because he is the most hardcore individual who ever lived. The sake that he was tossed off the cell, had a piece of his took coming out of his nose, and even landing on thumbtacks left us an impact and made Mick Foley a big name in the wrestling world. And yet that never stopped either Undertaker or Mankind because they came back to interfere in the main event with Kane vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a first blood match. This main event certainly became one of my all time favorite matches in the whole attitude era because for a First Blood match, the Hell in a Cell came down and the level of chaos never slowed down. That chair shot that hit Stone Cold’s head caused him to loose the match with blood pouring off of his skull. It was an anticlimactic ending for many who bought the pay-per-view, but I love that it was a follow up to my favorite episode of Raw is War when Austin had his rematch and beat Kane for the WWF Championship. Sure this Pay Per View was a build up to an episode of Raw, but the historical impact and significance that this show accomplished will forever appeal to wrestling fans and non wrestling fans alike!

Number 3.  –  Royal Rumble 2000

If you don’t know what attitude is all about, it’s about great variation of matches, entertaining in-ring & backstage segments, everlasting moments. This show captures all of it! This show show was quality, quality, quality! Right when this Royal Rumble began, Kurt Angle had his undefeated streak come to an end when Tazz made his WWF debut from ECW and make him tap out. Follow that up with The Hardy Boys beating The Dudlies in a Elimination Tables match, Chris Jericho-Chyna-Hardcore Holly triple threat to finally establish the real Intercontinental Championship, and the legendary Bikini Contest that surprised all of us to see May Young win it. I love going back to this show and see every aspect of the show to be 100% entertaining! But there are two thing that will always be the best part of the show, the best Royal Rumble match and the match of the decade. I will always say that Triple H vs. Cactus Jack to be one of the greatest hardcore match of all time! It was a rematch of their 1997 Raw episode but was 10 times the more brutal and more awesome. And seeing Cactus back dropped & Pedigree to the pile of thumbtacks still give me an impression to this very day! Even though as a child I was so pissed at Triple H winning, it still left me in complete amazement. And of course the Royal Rumble match! All of my favorite wrestlers in the 2000 Royal Rumble made it into the show, but it was freaking awesome to finally have the Rock win the Rumble! It was the happiest night of my life as a child seeing the Rock eliminate the unstoppable Big Show and have his victory! We haven’t had a Royal Rumble event this good since 1992 and 2000 simply dominated all the Royal Rumbles before and after it! This match captures the essence of Attitude and never let us go from the presenting what this era was all about!

Number 2.  –  Wrestlemania 14

This has to go down as some of the best Wrestlemania of all time. There was not a single bad match in this card. Rather than just calling all the matches on the card good matches, each of these matches represented aspects of the Attitude Era and what is to come for the WWF after this show. There are so many things that made the Attitude Era the most beloved time of Wrestling and it’s all thanks to this very Wrestling show. There was so much hype and build up leading to this show that blew everyone away, only to have the WWF to deliver even more stuff like this in their later years. New stars were being made, more memorable moments were created, and even more surprises that forever leaves us with an undying impression. Because of the main event, Stone Cold Steve Austin is some of the biggest names of the wrestling world and still to this day he continues make everyone excited which is what wrestling is seriously lacking today. There was not a single bad match on this show – it was really consistent throughout with starting out with the awesome victory of Legion on Doom dominating the 15-team battle royal, the surprising and forgotten match with Taka Michinoku vs. Aguila,  Sable proved to be the dominate female in the company, Ken Shamrock snapping and going ape shit on The Rock, the Nation of Domination, and the referees, Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie trashing New Age Outlaws in a Dumpster, Pete Rose getting Tombstoned by Kane, and the best match of the night, Kane vs. Undertaker that came so damn close to ending the streak! I will always remember Stone Cold looking like he had no chance of winning because Vince McMahon, D-Generation-X and Mike Tyson were all against him. It was a true Wrestlemania moment where Tyson screwed Shawn Michaels, punched him square in the face, and raised Stone Cold’s hands in the air as the new WWF Champion. Shawn Michaels definitely got what he deserved for the Montreal Screwjob and this finish was a redemption from that tragedy! That should tell you why this show is a must see for everyone, not just wrestling fans! Nobody can ever take away the historical significance, the meaning of this show, and what it represents. The WWF was trying to find a direction and finally nailed it with Mike Tyson’s help and went full force for many years to come. Like Wrestlemania 3 that took wrestling to an entirely different stratosphere, Wrestlemania 14 was that moment in time that did it once again and helped the company to be later to be once again the king of professional wrestling again. I like to go back to this Wrestlemania and watch it in its entirety because it really is one of my favorite entities in professional wrestling!

Number 1.  –  No Way Out 2001

2001 was a very terrible year for professional wrestling due to the fact that WCW & ECW were bought out by the WWF, the Invasion Angle was one of the biggest disappointments in professional wrestling history, and it was the end of the Attitude Era. But before we even got any of that garbage throughout 2001, we were given the last great pay-per-view before the Attitude Era had to end. We were given a tremendous card that delivered the best out of the Attitude (even better than the overrated Wrestlemania 17). Minus the Stevie Richards-Jerry Lawler match, this card as a whole was the strongest ever seen from this era. This show opened with a great hardcore match with Big Show and Raven, followed up a fantastic Intercontinental Championship with X-Pac, Eddie, Benoit, and Jericho, and the forgotten Triple Threat Tag Team Tables Match! But there are three matches that really stood out for me from this show. The Stephanie-Trish Stratus match was the best Divas match of the whole era where it told a great story between father’s daughter and father’s new girlfriend. This is the match that made Trish a star rather than just another eye looker! Then we also have a great match that’s in the middle of the card, the first ever 3 Stages of Hell with our final battle between Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin. This fantastic brawl went all the way to the final fall in a cage match with a surprising result of Triple H winning! And let’s not forget one of the best  WWF Championship main event between Kurt Angle and The Rock. It was brilliant to see a mixture of athleticism, technicality, and showmanship at full force leaving the Rock win the WWF Championship. Though this match was a build up for Wrestlemania 17, but argue that this is the best Pay per view of 2001 and the last great major show of the Attitude Era! This was a near perfect show that will forever cherish for the rest of my life!

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Top 10 Matches in the Attitude Era

There are only three things about the Attitude Era that everyone should definitely watch; the storytelling that was a significant improvement over the New Generation Era, the segments/promos that were incredibly entertaining, and the matches had were so varied and physical than any other time in the WWF. Because crash tv in  the late 1990’s was so popular, WWF had to final stick with the times to survive in rivalry with WCW. It is considered one of the most dangerous times of being a wrestler because of all the stunts and bumps they all took, but because they made its audience so vicarious and entertained, it left all of us a huge impression. So huge in fact that it was more historic than anything that the WWF could ever do nowadays and still remains timeless. Many wrestling fans cherish these moments of the Attitude Era so passionately because there never was a better time of wrestling where finishes were creative, the action going on keeps us on the edge of our seats, and the storytelling in the match always feel different in each and every one of those matches. All of the sudden we’ve gotten a brand new audience who never watched wrestling before now wanting to see these matches. There were so much exposure to the WWF/WWE product during this era because nobody in mainstream television was doing all the things that they were doing. It was not just strategy of how to win the match that’s now in play, but how much pain and punishment could they endure when the hardest bumps and so many foreign objects hits you. If there’s one thing that the Attitude Era avoided perfect, they avoided repetition. All of the matches from King of the Ring 1996 to Wrestlemania 17 were different and 100% watchable, if not entertaining. And these are the ten best wrestling matches that exceeds my love for the Attitude Era as a whole!

Honorable Mentions

Over The Edge: Dude Love vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

The match was a fantastic brawl that had an incredible ending perfect as it gets with multiple referee bumps and outside involvement, and it certainly went over the top. This is the reason why I miss the Attitude Era so much because they always come up with a creative finish and the finish was perfect! Austin pinned Dude Love by slapping the lifeless hand of Vince McMahon to the mat three times that allowed him to retain the WWE Championship to the roar of the Milwaukee crowd. This match worked because no one involved took it too seriously. Bodies flew everywhere, and Austin one-uped Vince McMahon again.

Unforgiven 1998: Undertaker vs. Kane – Inferno Match

The gimmick of fire surrounding the ring takes so much attention off the quality of the in-ring work. And that’s why it’s perfect for a brotherly feud between Kane and Undertaker. After Kane screwed Undertaker from the first Hell in a Cell match, they kept fighting each other non-stop throughout 1998. After coming so close to defeating Undertaker at Wrestlemania 14, Kane wanted to go beyond winning over Undertaker, he wanted to burn him alive. Each time someone slams on the mat, the fire burst out. It’s insane that they even took the fight outside of the ring because the level of hatred couldn’t hold them from the heat coming in the ring. One of the most dangerous matches perfect for the darkest of wrestling angles.

Armageddon 2000: 6-Man Hell in a Cell

I’m not a huge fan of over-booking in a singular match, but this is an exception because these 6 men were the attitude era’s biggest fishes and they given one of the most memorable Hell in a Cell matches of all time! No way was this match going to be kept in the Cell so we were definitely treated with brawls in, out, and on top of the Cell. Hell, Even Rikishi was tossed off the top and landed on a truck that Vince brought in to tear up the Cell. And what’s a huge surprise of all, is that Kurt Angle won this match! If you love matches that are very chaotic, look no further than this match! Was it the right booking decision, maybe, but with 6-men involved its hard to believe that the WWF Champion retained his title with all the odds against him.

No Way Out 2001: Trish Stratus vs. Stephanie McMahon

Let’s not forget that the women wrestlers were just as part of the Attitude Era as any of the guys. Trish was definitely the hottest woman in WWE history and during this time she was smoking hot. And what made her hotter was her feud of bitches with Stephanie. It was incredibly to see that these two made their rivalry look so fiery and they did so many sexy moves that it made it one of the best Divas matches of all time. Trish getting spanked, water poured, and even the bumps that they’ve took looked effective. Too back the finish could have been better if there was a clean victory.

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Number 10.  –  Breakdown: The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock vs. Mankind – Cage Match

A while ago I said it’s a shame that Ken Shamrock never went as far as he could have been in the Attitude Era and I think it’s because of this big loss in this match. Nevertheless, we haven’t seen a cage match this good since Owen vs. Bret at Summerslam 1994. It’s ashamed that this match is forgotten over the years, but it’s certainly one of the Attitude Era’s most hidden gems. The fact that this cage match was also triple threat show how much hard it is to get out of the cage or win with a fall. There were so many bumps made in the ring that felt like a real physical match. Each of these men really knocked each other out. I still remember Mankind took a high risk elbow drop from the top of the age and just crashed like crazy. I definitely love the finish of the match were Mankind brought in a chair and sacked it out of Ken Shamrock’s head. Just as Mankind was climbing up the cage just place both feet on the floor, The Rock pinned Shamrock for the victory. It was a creative finish that had a very incredibly worked match happening in the cage. If there’s one forgotten match from the Attitude Era that you need to see, look no further than checking out WWF Breakdown 1998!

Number 9.  –  Wrestlemania 14: Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin 

This was the match that set the standard of what the Attitude was all about. Shawn Michaels was infamous for being responsible for the Montreal Screwjob and he had no sympathy for what he has done to Bret Hart. The only man left that was worthy of facing The Heartbreak Kid at a Wrestlemania main event was the man who did not tap out when he face Bret Hart in last year’s wrestlemania; Stone Cold Steve Austin. Because Austin showed how much of a badass he was when he passed in the sharpshooter and started to piss Vince McMahon since, got his popularity rising up and this was the match that he needed to forever establish himself as the all time great! Austin set himself for trouble when he got the whole D-Generation-X, Vince McMahon, and even Mike Tyson to go against him, how’s able to win this match? The answer, do what Stone Cold does best. Shawn Michaels was also in some serious shit when he injured himself in that Casket Match against the Undertaker at Royal Rumble 1998 and it didn’t look like he was going to last very long in this match. Surprisingly enough, he managed to keep up with the match and did his best to keep Austin down. For a man with an injured back, Shawn was able to move just like he normally did. Still, Austin gave Michaels a beating of a life time and the crowd was cheering with all their might for Austin to win. It was insane that Triple H and Chyna interfered in the match to save Shawn but was sent out of the ringside area to continue their one on one fight. The moment Stone Cold hit the stunner on Michaels, Mike Tyson came in the ring and fast counted for Austin’s victory having Jim Ross shouted “Austin! Austin! Austin! The Austin Era has begun!” and right he was. Shawn represent the New Generation Era and the times had to continue with Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. 1998 was the year of Austin and McMahon as their rivalry really brought back the audience to tune back into the WWF’s product. The best part of the whole match was the aftermath when Shawn got back to call betrayal to Mike Tyson only to get punched square in the face and lie flat on the floor. This was the right booking for the right winner and it was certainly one hell of a memorable Wrestlemania moment! And to say that this is the second greatest Wrestlemania main event and it’s only number 9 shows how awesome the attitude era really was!

Number 8.  –  King of the Ring ’98 / RAW 6/29/1998: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane

My favorite time of being a WWF fan was 1998 when we had only four major stars tearing each other up; Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind, and Kane (and possibly Vince McMahon if you believe that). Though this was Austin at his prime, this was also Kane’s prime as well were we had an actual horror-like monster as a wrestling persona that happened to be one of the best mystique characters of all time. He’s had a an awesome debut interfering the Undertaker’s match with HBK in the first Hell in a Cell, nearly this close to finish Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Tombstone Pete Rose (twice), and even even took his rivalry with Taker in the most dangerous match, the Inferno Match! It really built his character all the way to a WWF Championship against Stone Cold. And quite frankly, I’m putting two matches in two consecutive nights in this very list!

Sure, everyone thinks it’s blasphemy that I put this match over the King of the Ring Hell in the Cell match between Mankind and Undertaker, but the match between Kane and Austin is what truly defined the Attitude Era more-so than that match! It’s really cool to see a first blood-match but pretty obvious of who’s going to loose because Kane had his mask on, but it didn’t matter because this very match this match threw everything on the table to make it recognize it as Attitude. We’re talking about taking the fight to the crowd, interferences with Taker and Foley, close-call finishers, many attempted murders (pouring gasoline on Ref), and even bringing the Hell in the Cell down making it a gimmick match that was damaged earlier (Mankind vs. Undertaker). But that nasty chair shot that Taker did on Austin was some of the most effective and it gave Kane his title. That was some of my favorite heel victories of all professional wrestling because it left us asking for more!

And more is what we got because the following night on free TV, we were given a rematch between the two as main event of Raw is War. Thought it probably could have been better, this was a fantastic climax between the two that captures fan satisfactory! It we’re judging on fan reactions for this match, there was no bigger fan reaction than seeing Austin win the championship on free TV. The way he stunnered Kane for that victory was some of the most brutal that I’ve ever seen from any stunners that Austin gave to his victims. Many say that it wasn’t fair that Kane only had his championship in less than 24 hours and they should have made that title-reign longer, but I doubt we’re ever going to see the same Kane from the 1990s because his mystique is completely gone. Nevertheless, this was some of my favorite moments in the WWF and each time I look back at it, it reminds me why I’m still a wrestling fan!

Number 7.  –   Backlash 2000:
The Rock vs. Triple H

The Rock and Triple H has been rivals even before they were both leaders of Nation of Domination & D-Generation X. It’s a fierce rivalry that was a backbone for the Attitude Era that delivered so many matches with them together. They had an iconic Ladder Match at Summerslam 1998, they main evented the very first Smackdown episode, and so much more. They both pushed each other to the limits; racing each other to their prime. But I wouldn’t say all of their matches together were great because the Wrestlemania 16 main event left a horrible taste in my mouth and this match needed to deliver. The build up towards this match was that Stone Cold Steve Austin was coming back to end the McMahon-Helmsley Era and help The Rock capture the WWF title once more. This is the match that should have main evented Wrestlemania 16! These two were physical as ever and it was clearly a heel vs. babyface storyline at its best. The Rock had all the odds against him where Vince and Steph cheap shotting at ringside, Shane, Paterson, & Brisco were Special Guest referees, and the Rock only had only Austin left to save him. The match throughout was amazing to watch with both men giving off the most physical match of this whole era. The Rock never gave up the fight and each moves pulled here from both men caused a great impact and effect while watching. I still will never forget The Rock gave a double Rock Bottom to HHH & Shane on the announcer’s table. Just when Brisco and Paterson came in to gang up on Rock, Austin’s music hit and the whole audience roared! This was the best comeback to a wrestler who’s had a long absence having Austin knocking out all of Triple H’s allies with a chair. His return cause so much carnage to all of Rock’s enemies leaving the Rock giving HHH the People’s Elbow for the WWF Championship. If there had to be one of the best title changes in the WWF Championship’s history, The Rock winning it from Triple H at Backlash has got to be the best one! It was a great victory having Austin and Rock drinking beer for this victory. This should have been the finish and main event to Wrestlemania 16 and because this was booked after Wrestlemania is why it’s forgotten. Go ahead and go see this match to see how good this match really is!

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Number 6.  –  Bad Blood ’97:  The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell

This was the very first Hell in a Cell match in the WWF and it still is one of my favorite matches that the promotion has has delivered. At Bad Blood in 1997, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker faced off for the chance to battle Bret Hart at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship. Before we had that infamous screwjob in that Pay Per View, we were given a taste of what would the WWF be heading to in the Attitude Era. Undertaker was quick to bring the fight to Michaels during the beginning of the match with Michaels mostly unable to mount an offense of his own. Taker was so brutal and unforgiving that he even woke up from a Sweet Chin Music-Super Kick from Michaels and brought the match outside of the cage. At one point in the match, both men were fighting on top of the cell and Michaels was knocked off. With Michaels dangling helplessly, Taker stomped on his fingers forcing him to let go and fall through the spanish announce table. To my surprise, he fell off from the cage to the table a year earlier than the Mankind incident in King of the Ring ’98 in the same match-type from the same opponent. Some of you are wondering why I didn’t put the Mankind vs. Undertaker match in the list of the greatest matches of the 1990s. Well, I have full respect to that historic event, but the match was too real and when there’s no wrestling going on, it simply tested my patients. The match between Michaels and Taker was so much better and more real than that other Hell in a Cell match. In fact, this match was so damn real that when Shawn Michaels was dripping blood from the top of the cage, the camera man who was below them had Michaels’s drops of blood landing on him and he shouted “Ah shit!” Once the two made it back into the ring, Taker was ready to put Michaels away… until the debuting Kane hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver, ultimately handing the win to Michaels. That debut of Kane was some of the most exciting, surprising, and epic debuts that any professional wrestler has ever had! It was the biggest turning point that I’ve ever see in in a wresting match but it was one hell of an impression! This still is the best Hell in a Cell match that I’ve ever seen and that’s all thanks to the non-stop action that kept going throughout!

Number 5.  –  St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon – Cage Match

No, this match didn’t have any good in-ring work or any spectacular moves (which is why it didn’t enter my Top 10 Wrestling Matches of the 1990s), but what this match had is one of the best build-up from a full year of great story telling and delivered with fantastic in-ring storytelling. That’s what matters and the whole point of even watching wrestling in general (in-ring work secondary). Everyone knows how fantastic the rivalry between Austin and McMahon really was and there weren’t a whole lot of matches with them together. This feud started all the way from 1997 and since then McMahon tries his damnedest to keep Austin down. Since he won the WWF Championship in Wrestlemania 14, McMahon and Austin’s hatred with each other just went rampant. So many segments had each of them getting back at each other, they kept shooting each other non-stop, and so many schemes from both men were set to win over each other. For the longest time we just wanted these two face each one-on-one with a clear victory. After Vince McMahon won the 1999 Royal Rumble match, it was clear that we needed to have a match with just these two on the road to Wrestlemania 15. Even before the match even started it was began telling a fantastic story with Austin beating Vince out of the cage and threw Vince off the top of the cage to the announcer’s table. Just when the medics were about to let Vince leave the building on a stretcher, Austin grabbed the mic and said the bell didn’t ring so the match hasn’t started. Instantly Austin grabbed Vince out of stretcher and sent him to the cage. Already Vince was hurting like hell, but each time Austin was about to leave the cage for the victory, Vince kept flipping the bird just to make sure he doesn’t win the match, like he rather be beaten to death rather than having Austin win. As soon as Austin was about win, Big Show making his WWF debut to helped Vince beat Austin. Just when you though Vince was going to win the cage match, Big Show tossed Austin to the cage door and it open having Austin win with both feet on the ringside floor. I love the Attitude era so much for making so many creative and unpredictable finishes and this one here is one of the best ones because it’s Vince’s biggest humiliation and Austin’s biggest victory. Though the rivalry continued after this match, I consider this a highlight of the whole feud.

Number 4.  –  Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boys vs. Dudley Boys –  Triangle Ladder Match, TLC (SummerSlam 2000), TLC 2 (Wrestlemania X7)

If rivalries were to have the right amount of rematches, it would have to be a trilogy of matches. It’s amazing that the tag team division was able to deliver one of the best trilogy matches ever and what’s even more amazing is that they were all rookies in the WWF!  For a debut Wrestlemania match for all three of these tag teams, and see them gave us their all shows how awesome this match really was. At first we were looking into this match like a ladder match with a lot of wrestlers involved, but suddenly because of the Dudley Boyz (may favorite tag team) being so obsessed with tables and hardcore wrestling, this all of the sudden turned out to be a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.  I kid you not that way they used the ladders and then suddenly turned out to be more hardcore when the tables and chairs got involved.  I remember Edge took a diving spear on Jeff Hardy from the ladder, Buh-buh Ray gave Christian a cutter from the ladder, Matt Hardy power bombed to the table and the Swanton Bomb from that Jeff Hard did just to take the Buh-Buh Ray away. The finish of this match was some of the most epic moments ever as Jeff sacrificed his body to land on Buh-Buh out of the ring through the table. Edge & Christian were the last ones left facing D-Von and Matt Hardy as they raced to grab the tag team championships. The survivors were emotional just to win this carnage. As Matt and Christian were fighting each other on top of the table held by two ladders, Edge came to the rescue and pushed Matt off to the table below and won the tag team championships. What a beautiful finish to a match to a bunch of small stars that all became big names after the match.  All three of these tag teams has gone through a lot just to have a Wrestlemania match like this one and because of their fantastic display of wrestling, this has made the tag team division so important!

We were absolutely amazed that these 6 rookies could do so much at Wrestlemania 16, so they had a rematch with the same teams calling it Tables, Ladders, and Chairs at Summerslam 2000!  The match had a lot of moments where guys are falling off ladders, taking chair shots or going through tables making you say “ouch” with everyone. Bubba’s full nelson bomb on Christian off the ladder was a sick spot early on. Then there was Jeff Hardy getting shoved off the ladder by Edge, only to land on a prone ladder that ended up slingshotting into Matt’s face while he was on the ground. There were parts of the match where Edge was creaming the Dudleys with really stiff chairshots (those aren’t even allowed today), but they barely get a reaction because it seems like nothing compared to the Hardy’s legdrops off the ladder or Christian getting tossed off the top landing on Edge while he is sandwiched in between a ladder. Towards the end, Bubba climbed the “20 foot ladder” in the middle only to be shoved off over the top rope all the way to the stacked tables on the floor. So then Matt gets to climb, but D’Von pushes the ladder back backwards into some tables on the other side of the ring in another sick landing. The finish came when E& C knocked down Jeff Hardy while he was hanging from the titles, unable to pull them down and the champs made the climb to retain after 19 minutes of pain. That one was really dangerous. There were plenty of title matches and great moments between these teams over the course of a couple years, but this match is always going to stand out in my mind as one of their best moments.

Then the three of the teams had their last battle with the 6 of them together at Wrestlemania 17. This match between Edge and Christian, Dudleys, and Hardies is not only better than their previous Wrestlemania match, but perhaps one of the best ladder matches that the WWE has ever delivered. It’s crazy to see all six men risking everything [again] in the same style of match-up, but do it much more radically! Everything seen from previous matches is doubled here in this match. You want to see Jeff Hardy take a top ladder leap, you have twice of those! You want Buh-buh Ray power bomb through tables, you got twice of the amount! You even want a better spear by Edge done in this match, you certainly got yourself the best spear in wrestling. You get the picture! This match saw many different risks that were taken and when Edge hit Jeff Hardy, who was hanging mid-air from the belts, with a spear, it became one of the most jaw-dropping moments ever in the history of Wrestlemania. Just when you thought it wasn’t enough Spike, Rhyno, and Lita came done for interference to save the team they’re routing for, only to as well get involved with the collision everyone’s taking in this match. Because this match was filled with so many risk-taking things, it is obviously seen as one of the most hardcore/extreme matches the WWE has ever put on. If Wrestlemania 17 really was the end of the Attitude Era (which certainly isn’t) they certainly left us one hell of an impression of everything appealing and exciting about this era of wrestling into one singular wrestling match. What’s amazing is that Edge and Christian won all this trilogy of matches  and it embodies why it takes to win a ladder match!

Number 3.  –  Royal Rumble 1999:
The Rock vs. Mankind: I Quit Match

Heading into January of 1999 and the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, The Rock was on top of the world. For the first time since debuting a little over two years earlier, it appeared as though the third-generation Superstar was living up to his potential. It was perfect for the I quit match stipulation given to the fiercest rivalry in the Attitude Era: Mankind & The Rock. Since The Rock screwed Mankind at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship, these two had so many great matches together pushing The Rock to fame and changing babyface Mankind into a lovable hardcore individual that can’t be easily defeated without seriously damaging him. With that in mind, The Rock would have to show a different side of himself. He would have to wrestle Mankind’s type of match. This is the best “I Quit” match of all time where the Rock evolved from a cocky and arrogant heel to a performer who could be as vicious and cold-hearted as any on the roster. These two beat each other like no other wrestler in the roster at the time. Weapons were smashes, Mankind fell on the power generator that caused a black out, The Rock sang on the microphone… everything about this match was so much fun!  After nearly 20 minutes of slamming one another into just about anything and everything but the inside of the ring, a handcuffed Mankind passed out on the entrance ramp. The Rock, taunting, the fans and his opponent just to create even more drama in the storytelling of the match. Foley was an absolute punching bag in the match and may have taken more offense here than any other match. As The Rock  bash his head in with twelve consecutive steel chair shots while handcuffed, making even the most hardcore wrestling fan cringe, it became apparent that The Rock was capable of playing the ruthless S.O.B. when necessary. I’ve never known how to feel about the unique ending to this match.  A sound clip of Foley saying “I Quit” was played by the Corporation while The Rock held the microphone to the lips of an unconscious Mankind. The funny part was Mick Foley never said the words “I Quit” it was played through audio recording just to give The Rock the victory.  The Rock would win the match via less-than-honest means, but the result was not what mattered. The match, in one night, established two characters in just the manner WWF needed. The Rock was the cocky-yet-sadistic asshole—Mankind was the never-say-die, loveable babyface that never really figured out when to stay down. It was a contrast of styles, a contrast of characters and it made for one of the most memorable matches in the Attitude Era, one that was immortalized in the documentary Beyond the Mat.

Number 2.  –  Raw 7/22/97/Royal Rumble 2000/No Way Out 2000 Cactus Jack vs. Triple H

Like I said in the number 4 pick, if rivalries were to have the right amount of rematches, it would have to be a trilogy of matches. None could have been a better trilogy match than Cactus Jack and Triple H. Sure Mankind had his fair amount of battles with Triple H, but when Mick Foley changes his alter ego to Cactus Jack, he certainly puts Triple H to the limits. It all started when Triple H (with Chyna at ringside) was scheduled to wrestle Dude Love, but Dude Love made a quick interview with Mankind, together on screen mind you, telling each other that neither of them could damage Hunter as the other Mick Foley alter ego. Then finally all on the same screen, Cactus Jack made his debut on WWF television and gave Triple H an ECW style brawl. Their first match together is one of the best matches on free television and a historic episode of Raw history. Jack used all of his signature stunts seen from WCW and ECW right here on television like diving elbow off the ring, use every object as a weapon, and so many more. Before when Triple H was called Hunter Hearst Helmsley, many of his matches were boring as hell, that was until Cactus Jack gave Triple H that aggressive edge in this match that definitely changed the direction of his career. The match gotten so crazy that he even knocked out Chyna and piledriven Helmsley through the table on the ramp for the 3 count victory. What a way to bring back an abandoned character in wrestling and surprised all of his long time fans.

I must admit, Triple H wasn’t in his prime in their first match together and the match could have done more to be legendary. Thankfully, the writers and bookers remembers how great Cactus Jack and Triple H’s match on Raw was so they had to perfect it. At the time when they had their rematch, Triple H married Stephanie McMahon and owned the WWF in the McMahon-Helmsley Era putting all wrestlers like The Rock and Mankind down. Triple H was unstoppable until Mick Foley brought back Hunter’s worst nightmare back to haunt him. Once more, Cactus Jack’s return got fans to see this rematch at Royal Rumble 2000. It was certainly better than their original match together where brutal fight between HHH & Jack were more balanced and violent. This time around, it was just these two one-on-one (no Chyna involved) and they had to do everything to keep each other down. It would take a lot more for Cactus to go down that easily where they’ve We got one of the classic matches of the last decade, with a level of brutality rarely seen in a WWF ring. It cemented Hunter as a real star, and gave Foley one hell of a final great match to go out on (at the time). Foley brought out the barbed wire baseball bat, mallets, steel chairs, and more. Triple H may have been out of his element compared to the sadistic Cactus Jack, but it never takes the “Cerebral Assassin” long to adapt. Triple H, while bloodied, managed to stay in control as the match entered it’s final moments. He back -dropped Foley on the very tacks he poured in the ring then delivered the Pedigree, but to his shock Cactus Jack was not finished. He kicked out at two! Jack got up and charged “The Game” again, but got kicked in the gut and ate another Pedigree for the finish.

It was completely barbaric to see a stunt happen like that but yet, the rivalry finally ended at Now Way Out 2000 in a Hell in a Cell match. I have to say not only was this my favorite match in the whole Cactus Jack vs. Triple H trilogy, but this is my favorite Hell in a Cell match ever. I know a lot of people considers Mick Foley’s Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker-Mankind iconic, but the HHH-Cactus Jack Hell in a Cell match went non-stop and it certainly topped Mankind’s Hell in a Cell match.  The two would fight with everything from steel chairs to a flaming 2×4 wrapped in barbed wire from in, out, and on top of the Hell in a Cell. After breaking through the cell wall, the two men carried their fight to the top of the cell. Once more, Cactus Jack feel off the Cell and landed on the table. Though it wasn’t as iconic as his drop from Undertaker in ’98, Cactus just didn’t waste time and got back up on the top of the Cell. Jack attempted a piledriver, but Triple H reversed it sending him through the cell roof to the ring below, where the ring would buckle. A pedigree to Jack immediately after gave Triple H the win and ended Foley’s career (and NO Mick Foley’s Fatal Four Way match at Wrestlemania 2000 never existed!) There have been a lot of rivalries over the years that was over dramatic, but none displayed the amount of hatred with each other than three of these matches. I can go back and watch these trilogy of matches just to see how they both evolved as wrestlers and barbaric fighters. This was a way to start the new millennium for wrestling which unfortunately never got better than this. 

Number 1.  –  Wrestlemania 13:  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin Submission Match

Let’s make this loud and clear, [the Attitude Era began when Stone Cold Steve Austin made his first swear after winning King of the Ring 1996], not when Vince announced it on an episode of Raw on Dec. 15, 1997. Since then, wrestlers were able to make their matches physical and more violent (and perverted) than ever before. It was time for the WWF to change in order to survive from losing to WCW. The only wrestler that couldn’t stand many of the changes happening to the WWF was Bret Hart. It is crazy to see Stone Cold playing as a heel somehow catching everyone’s attention and cheer for him, while the traditional babyface like Bret Hart are getting despised for not being as awesome.  Though Bret was sorrow for losing to Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man match at Wrestlemania 12, he has redeemed himself by putting on a much better Wrestlemania match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Now if you want to talk bloody matches, here’s one for you. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight. Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects used to ram each other and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head like a stuffed pig. This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. Everyone respected Austin passing out in the puddle of his own blood rather than giving up. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company. I still regard this as one of the best wrestling matches I’ve ever seen. If there’s one wish that I would love to see come true is if Bret Hart stayed with the company longer to make many more memorably moments in the Attitude Era.  But whatever the case, this is the one match that certainly opened door to this beloved era of wrestling and since then we honor this match for allowing the WWF giving its fans many more like this one many years to come!

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Top 10 Wrestlers of the Attitude Era (late 1990s/early 2000s)

There was never a better time to be a pro wrestling fan than during the period from 1996-2002, when WWF was in the midst of its legendary Attitude Era. This era of wrestling made it in number 4 of the best things of the 1990s and still to this day I can go back and watch any episode, segment, or match from the Attitude Era and remind myself why I am a wrestling fan. Though I do have a very soft spot for the New Generation Era, it was important for the company to change from the family-friendly image to keep up with the times. TV ratings were at an all-time high, it was cool to be a fan and you could find a good wrestling product on TV just about any time you wanted to.  Sit through one three-hour episode of Monday Night Raw, and you’ll be longing for the old days, even if you weren’t a wrestling fan in the old days. This era captures everything that I truly miss about wrestling; proper storytelling, amazing in-ring work, varied match stipulations, and outrageous character that definitely felt bigger than life.  Outlandish things were happening, but there was always a reason behind them, and the stories were most often very interesting.  These are not just story lines, these were epic sagas that was happening in wrestling and never again did we ever felt the same with the media again. If that’s not enough, the matches in this era took risks. In the Attitude Era, WWE climbed back to the top of the wrestling world by taking chances.  People got hit with chairs, set on fire, thrown off the top of gigantic structures and run over by cars on a weekly basis. All of these things kept my interest and mixed that up with a good story, you’re presented with the most awesome moments in life! Sure, The Attitude Era ripped off Extreme Championship Wrestling’s hardcore wrestling phenomenon, but for the fact that this single era brought the highest ratings that the WWE has ever had should tell you about the success and reception it deserved. And who do we have to thank for all that was given to us in the Attitude Era? None other than Vince McMahon. Sure, the man has done some of the most questionable decisions in the business, but starting this trend in wrestling was the best thing he’s ever done for the company and wrestling itself. This was an era of wrestling that was so innovative, captivating, and so entertaining, that it’s always worth coming back to. Wrestling fans to this day are still waiting for another era like this but unfortunately since WWE went back to the times of PG, not giving two shits about telling good stories, and over enthuses on pointless in-ring work more-so than anything else. As a result of seeing wrestling getting worse and worse, it makes going back to the Attitude Era a lot better than we remembered. And these are the ten wrestlers that are responsible for making the Attitude Era so great!

Number 10.  –  Ken Shamrock

UFC legend Ken Shamrock came to the WWE in 1997, debuting on Monday Night Raw in February of that year to referee a submission match between Steve Austin and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13. Afterward, he began to wrestle full-time, engaged in various feuds, won the 1998 King of the Ring tournament and captured the Intercontinental and World Tag Team Championships. It’s not just his accomplishments that made him in the list, it was his ruthless attitude that’s aways entertaining to watch whenever he snaps and goes berserk. There really no wilder character than “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.” I really dug the Ken Shamrock character because he was the wildest babyface of all time! With a character like that, you would of’ve think that he gone far in his wrestling career. Unfortunately, that was not the case because the bookers didn’t really give him a whole lot of TV time, he was shoved in too many mid-card feuds, and we never really had an Austin vs. Ken Shamrock match, that would have been a chaotic fight!  After he left the WWE in 1999, Shamrock returned to MMA and UFC. He also made appearances in Ring of Honor, TNA and Juggalo Championship Wrestling. Today, he still has the occasional fight, with his last bout being in 2010. Would Ken Shamrock been a big wrestling star? He would have because nobody had the temper like he did and whenever he snaps, get ready for the ride of your life!

Number 9.  –  The Dudley Boys

 This the best Tag Team of this era. This is the only Tag Team that won the WWF Tag Team Championship, World Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, ECW Tag Team Championship, and TNA Tag Team Championship. The two “brothers” from Dudleyville are the most decorated tag team within recent years, having won 23 tag team championships within every organization they’ve been in. Anything that you want to see in Hardcore wrestling in the Tag Team division, the Dudley Boys always deliver! The Dudleys are the most famous wrestlers to make use of tables during their matches as part of their gimmick and being part of the historic double TLC matches for the WWF Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam 2001 and Wrestlemania X-7 against the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian. Let’s not forget that they’ve created the created Tag Team finishing maneuver called the Dudley Death Drop (3D) that still can’t be matched. The Dudley Boys are completely impulsive but we love them for being responsible for brining life back to the Tag Team division and no other tag team has lasted long together as these two!

Number 8.  –  The Undertaker

One of the best things of the Attitude era was that they took the dead man gimmick and update him to a much darker and more demonic direction before the gimmick became an outdated Halloween spook. It all made the tables turn when Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels in the first Hell in a Cell at Bad Blood ’97 and his brother Kane debuts and cost him his match. The back story of the Kane character is that Undertaker set his family house on fire as child leaving all of his family members to burn, except that Kane survived and wanted nothing more than revenge. Throughout 1998, Kane and Undertaker had a fierce rivalry together at Wrestlemania 14, having two Hell in a Cell matches, an Inferno match, and so many wars together that went on and off as brothers. It was the second biggest rivalry of the company in 1998 only right behind Austin vs. McMahon. Hell, he even threw Mankind off the Hell in a Cell twice and made history! Of course the darkest part of the Undertaker character was when he began his own faction called the Ministry of Darkness. In 1999, Undertaker was the biggest heel of the WWF and wanted to destroy McMahon and Austin. Part of the reason why I can’t put Undertaker higher on the list is because that Ministry of Darkness storyline went too far by having him to be in a weak Hell in a Cell match with Big Boss Man at Wrestlemania 15 and having Vince McMahon as the higher power of the Ministry of Darkness into the Corporate Ministry was bar-non-stupid. It pushed him into mid card status and became tag team champion with Big Show. And yet the worst part of all is…

…(sigh) his American Badass Biker gimmick. I’m not at all a fan of Biker Undertaker because all of the mystique of a deadly character made tremendous storytelling and as a biker, why keep the name “Undertaker” who buries his victims, not become a member of a Harley Davidson bike gang. It would take four years after this immediate change to bring back the “Dead Man” because I did no like this character trying to compete against Stone Cold Steve Austin’s badass character.

Number 7.  –  Chris Jericho

One of WCW’s most talented stars never made it outside of the mid-card zone, but when Y2J made it to the WWF, the bookers pushed him as far as they could. After Shawn Michaels retire, we never could imagine another wrestler could match up to his stature, but Jericho delivered everything that we’ve waited from WCW. Jericho just had the attitude, charisma, and flying-technical skills that made him one for the millions.  The moment when he made his WWF debut during the millennium countdown was some of the best debuts ever in company. Jericho didn’t disappoint his potential. He kept giving off some of the hardest hitting matches, craziest technicality, and cut the wildest promos. He was a despicable heel (reminiscing to Rowdy Roddy Piper) but was a lovable babyface. He knew how to control people’s emotions and almost every impact he delivers causes a huge reaction. I especially love it when he constantly mocks Stephanie McMahon making it a fierce rivalry between rebel and spoiled brat. Chris Jericho’s rebellious behavior and undying ego got his popularity rising to the top faster than any mid-carder in this era. And to even add more credibility to Chris Jericho’s resume, he was the first ever WWF Undesputed Champion (winning the WWF Championship and WCW World Heavyweight Championship) from The Rock and Austin. I can’t imagine a harder working wrestler than Chris Jericho. He started as the lion heart into Raw is Jericho that ran rampant throughout the years!

Number 6.  –  Kane

Kane, back when he used to have mystique, was some of the most fierce and feared competitors of the whole roster. At one point in time, he really was scarier than the Undertaker reminiscing to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. When Kane wore his mask and hides his burned face, you know something terrible is going to happen. At one point in time (1997-2001) Kane was just an unstoppable monster that had only very little wrestlers could take down. Scariest part is that he’s the brother of the Undertaker (kayfabe). It’s the scariest backstory that any wrestler in the history of wrestling where the two brothers had a rough childhood, and Kane was horribly burnt in a fire. He had to wear a mask and a full bodysuit because of the scars that covered his body. No wrestler in their right mind would want to face him. At Wrestlemania 14 he was the very first opponent that was this close to end the Undertaker’s streak. Hell, he had an undying hatred for Undertaker that they would go far as to burning each other in an Inferno Match. He was the devil’s favorite demon, and capable of annihilating his opponents while showing no sign of remorse… and then they became tag team partners more times than not. Kane, even though he was incredibly mysterious and disturbing, had a lot of memorable moments such as teaming with X-Pac as a tag team and ended up in betrayal, taking Stone Cold’s WWF Championship (for a single day), and so many more. I would love to put Kane higher, but Kane today lost a lot of credibility since he took off his mask and did an awful miscarriage storyline with Lita, Matt Hardy, and Gene Snitsky. It’s because we really miss the mystery of Kane so much that it made going back to attitude era so worth it all.

Number 5.  –  Kurt Angle

It’s not every day that we get an athlete from different sport enter the wrestling world and make it his new profession. After winning a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics — with a broken neck, no less — celebrated amateur wrestler Kurt Angle would find his way to WWE in late 1999. Clad all in red, white and blue, Angle attributed his success to his “Three I’s” (intensity, integrity and intelligence), all the while lambasting members of the WWF who did not live by his example. Remember, this was the era where wrestling is filled with so many tough guys and hardcore wrestlers willing to bash anyone’s heads, and then Kurt Angle came along and made himself an idiotic character who thinks America still wants their hero to be patriotic, standards, and believe in the American dream. He’s one of the most lovable wrestling characters I’ve ever seen in wrestling where it just made himself look gullible and laughable. Angle was frequently responsible for some of the most humorous moments of the era, including his association with Edge & Christian (as a member of “Team ECK”), strumming the ol’ guitar with Austin, getting annoyed when the crowd chants “What?,” and his Texas Rattlesnake–esque milk truck assault on The Alliance in 2001. But as much as you like to laugh at his character, remember we’re dealing with an olympic gold medalist here. Kurt Angle reintroduced the technicality that once was lost in the WWF since they departed their ways from the New Generation Era. Even though Kurt Angle stole the moves from the likes of Ken Shamrock, he delivered physical moves that no other wrestler in the roster was doing; suplexes, german suplex, choke holds, dynamic slams, and so many more that categorize to the technical side of wrestling. Because he was so damn talented it pushed him a lot faster than any other wrestler at the time winning the Intercontinental Championship & European Championship (as EuroContinental Champion), King of the Ring, and even the WWF Championship within just a year since his wrestling debut. Not that many rookie was went as far as Kurt did and he still stands as one of the top stars in the wrestling world. There is no individual that deserved as much as he did and still to this day he put a good name in professional wrestling.

Number 4.  –  D-Generation-X

I simply couldn’t choose just one of these wrestlers in this faction to be in the list so I decided to just place all of the members into one list… except for Shawn Michaels. A lot of people considers D-Generation X as rip-offs of the WCW’s New World World, but what DX has over NWO is the right amount of members that all are stars in their own right. In a matter of fact, each of these members were big stars instead of being overshadowed by rank. Admittedly, this faction started just to save Shawn Michael’s ass from losing since the Kliq were no longer around. But after Shawn Michaels retired after Wrestlemania 14, Triple H was left bringing back X-Pac from WCW and made the New Age Outlaws a big deal. Meanwhile, Chyna became a bigger star instead of just being Hunter’s bodyguard and made history of becoming the first Woman to be Intercontinental Champion. DX ever some of the best parts of watch Monday Night Raw because of their over the top segments and shoots that were perverted, surprising, and extreme. In a matter of fact, let’s take a look at each of the members.

Triple H – No longer was he that stupid Hunter Hearsh Helmsley high clansman character, he was a top notch badass who done a better job as leader than Shawn Michaels ever did. What became a faction for Shawn’s ego turned into an iconic stable of Attitude where he lead and kept the groups strong and united. Being the master genius that he always is, he not only made DX popular in the ring, but also outside of the ring as well! Who can ever forget their trip to New York City, Invading WCW, and shouting “Leeets Get Ready To Suck It!” It’s crazy that he wasn’t just living in the times, the times was living with him. He made this sexual revolution a reality by starting small when Shawn Michaels left into a pop culture phenomenon and there’s a reason why he’s the CEO of the WWE today!

Chyna – The 9th Wonder of the World isn’t just a nickname, it’s a reputation earn by the hardest working woman in the wrestling world. She did what no other woman wrestler accomplished since and after. First woman ever to win Intercontinental Champion twice, enter the Royal Rumble, and wrestle so many men and beating them. She was extremely reminiscent to Xena and once she broke out that persona of just being Triple H’s bodyguard and lover, she became an unstoppable force. Not only that, she made muscular women accepted to the public where she can be jacked-up while looking sexual at the same time. It’s definitely hard for male wrestlers and audiences alike to not focus on the garments that she wore, but it was part of her feminine dominance that ran full force in her wrestling career. It’s funny that she’s still continues the D-Generation X ways today by becoming a pornstar… If you ain’t down with that! We got two words for ya! SUCK IT!!!

X-Pac – If there’s any member of D-Generation X that was not only as loyal, but the spirit of this entity, it has to be X-Pac. This character change was so much better than his 123 Kid gimmick and his Syxx character in the NWO. Even when DX broke up in Wrestlemania 15, he still continues the cross chops and kept the intro music with New Age Outlaws and Kane. Even today, since he hasn’t came back to the WWE roster, he still carries the essence of DX and I never seen anyone that is reluctant to the changes in the wrestling world today like Shawn Waltman. He does more cross chops, shouts “Suck It”, and even X-Factor & Bronco Buster his opponents more than anyone in the faction and without him, DX would have faded away and never have a reunion.

New Age Outlaws – These are are arguably the best tag team in the WWF and are suitable for this team than anyone else in the roster. As stated, D-Generation X made the mid-card a special attraction in the Attitude Era and these guys are responsible for it. Their “oh you didn’t know?” catchphrase popped crowds across the country, and fans chanted along with the pre-match spiel of “Road Dogg” Jesse James each and every night. 

D-Generation-X was the sexual revolution of professional wrestling doing that iconic DX-chop and broken so many rules that television refuses to air.  Even when Triple H disbanded the faction at Wrestlemania 15, X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn continued the DX tradition; keeping fans aware that the faction’s popularity is still alive and well. And we finally got D-Generation-X back when Triple H married Stephanie McMahon and begun the McMahon-Hemsley Era (just without Chyna around). D-Generation-X was the biggest thing in Attitude Era, and it wouldn’t’ the same without them.  They’ve made mid-card and main events special whenever they’re involved in these shows. If you ain’t down with that we got two words for ya! SUCK IT!!!

Number 3.  –  Stone Cold Steve Austin & Vince McMahon 

I just can’t separate these two because they were really made for each other than any other rivalry in wrestling history. These two are responsible for bringing back the WWF from being defeated by WCW in the Monday Night Wars by simply putting the most intense rivalry ever seen in television. Ever since Vince McMahon screwed Bret in the Montreal Screwjob, the whole world knew how big his ego is. It was genius for him to face the consequences and exploit that ego to create controversy. And for an individual that could push that ego into full force was the new face of the WWF, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin did what Bret Hart should have done, and that’s break every rules that McMahon created and Austin not only did that, but he made it extremely personal. Stone Cold is the polar opposite of Vince where he swears, fights dirty, and drinks constantly making Vince lose all of his temper to wage war on Stone Cold since he was incapable of putting him caged up from being so reckless. Austin always foiled Vince’s plans and rarely does Vince reign supreme. They are the most important feud in WWF history because it was everything we hate about our bosses and have Stone Cold to represent the common man who stands up against the higher ranks. These two have so many damn memorable moments that it’s worth going back to watching them grind each other’s gears from 1997 all the way to 2000. Austin’s rebellious behavior is what made the Crash TV movement so popular, not just WWF. And night after night after night Vince would just love to piss off fans and Austin comes back to get even. Sometimes a feud is not just about the matches they have, but the segments and events that they’ve done together. The chemistry between the two is the ultimate measuring stick of what makes a wrestling feud great. Sure you can place Austin as his own spot on the list as the greatest of all time, but all of his other feuds didn’t make him an all time great, his hatred and battles with Vince McMahon did! That’s why they’ both made it in the list together. For two consecutive years these two were recognized as the best rivalry of the professional wrestling world and still to this day we get a chance to see Austin to continue to ruin Vince’s life. People still pay money to see it and it never get old! No other rivalry can ever say the same thing.

Number 2.  –  Mankind

I’m so much of a Mankind fan that I just went crazy for this character. It was genius to make what once an extremely dark character into a gullible hardcore nut that had so much brain damage. Wether if you like Mankind, Dude Love, or Cactus Jack, Mick Foley brought ECW hardcore wrestling style to the New Generation Era that lowly evolved into Attitude. He became a huge attraction of the WWF when he took the hardest bumps and faced the most violent matches. Without him, this Crash TV image that the Attitude Era needed wouldn’t’ get so many audiences tune in and bring out their vicarious behavior. Part of what made Attitude work is that it showed that anyone can be a star and Mankind accomplished that dream. The reason why I put Mankind over all of Mick Foley’s characters is because the Mankind persona was iconic, gullible, and lovable all at once. We all feel sorry for Mankind who had a heart of gold to damage his body but we love him for doing it for our own entertainment. Who can ever forget all the times he knocked people out with Mr. Socko, being the first ever Hardcore Champion, tossed off the Hell in a Cell with Undertaker twice, Rock This is Your Life (highest rated episode of Raw), and taking more high risk moves and crash landed harder than any one else in the ring? He was the happy-go getter of a roster filled with badasses. He was the most different of all the wrestlers, appearing like a human Crash Test Dummy! Sure Austin vs. McMahon got people tuning into the product and Austin started the Attitude Era in King of the Ring 1996, but the night that Mankind won the WWF Championship was when WWF started beating WCW in the ratings! Without that historic episode of Raw is War, who knows how would WWF beat WCW in the Monday Night Wars. And yet, he didn’t even stop the gaining ratings when he did the Rock This Is Your Life segment that still stands as the highest rated episode of Raw history! Not even Stone Cold Steve Austin drew as much money as Foley did! Mankind  is one of the most important figures of the whole WWE product and WCW would probably destroy WWF without his involvement of the company. We sympathized, we laughed, we were in awe, and we amazed with almost everything Mick Foley succeeded and it’s a darn shame people forgot about that. Nobody has ever took as many stunts and bumps as Mankind and for that we honor Foley as God for never giving up after all the beatings that he has received for the WWE!

Number 1.  –  The Rock

There was no doubt in my mind that The Rock had to be number 1 on this list. Sure a lot of fans would have argued that Stone Cold Steve Austin is a better wrestler, but Steve Austin wasn’t the best of his time. There were too many big fishes in the pond and The Rock did a lot more for the Attitude Era as whole than Austin ever did. Austin’s whole purpose was to fight Vince and he went absent in mid 1999 leaving the Rock to carry the company. And The Rock not only had the Attitude era right behind him, but also became the biggest star that the WWE has ever had. The Rock started out as an outdated smiling babyface that was behind the times, became a member of the hated Nation of Domination, became the corporate champion when he won The Survivor Series 1998 tournament, teamed up with Mankind as Rock n’ Sock Connection, and broke free as the greatest single wrestler since Hulk Hogan. You simply can’t argue with all of the iconic aspects of the Rock’s character like him raising his eye brows, raising his right fist in the air as he stand on the mid rope, mocking his opponents, and shouting “If You Smell What The Rock… Is Cookin’!” That is single handedly the best catch phrase in all of wrestling and none after it could even come close. And whenever he cuts promos, he makes it like he’s the resurrection of Muhammad Ali. He’s not all talk, he’s also brutal in the ring. The Rock had some of the best move sets as well like his iconic Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow that still continues to raise people off their seats and yell for Rocky! The way The Rock moves is incredibly where he keeps jumping back to his feet and sometimes when he gives someone a pump, he poses out with reaction.  While a lot of the characters in the Attitude Era look like trash hardcore wrestlers, The Rock dressed with class while still with the crash tv times. Everything that the Rock does is purely entertaining and very little wrestlers out there could ever match up to him. Even though Vince McMahon brought the best out of Stone Cold, The Rock brought the best out of everybody else and still managed to beat many of them. The Rock also has a talent for everything that can keep everyone interested no matter what, that’s why he’s a big Hollywood movie star today. Not only that, but almost everything he does creates as significance to the WWF product. If you disagree, how about the term Smackdown he used a lot that became a word in the webster’s dictionary and a secondary weekly show to compete against WCW’s Thunder? Almost everything that the Rock did is memorable and it’s the reason why he’s so famous around the world. If anything The Rock deserves all the credibility given to him and he deserves nothing more than to be the best wrestler of the attitude era and possibly the best WWE wrestler of all time!

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Top 10 Best Things of the 1990s

The 1990s has been some of the most remembered and most talked about decade of the modern-era. If you met someone that experienced most of the decade (or is at least interested) they’ll often talk about it (whether they love it or hate it). So why do we still keep talking about the 1990s? Well, it’s simple! We’re the people who care about history and we can always look a back at any other decade such as the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 00’s, but in comparison to the others, I find the 1990s the most interesting. We’re talking about a time where the Cold War is finally over and the rest of the free world has opened doors to new excitement.  Many of the best things in life came out in the 1990s like Pulp Fiction, Grunge, Electronic Music, CGI special effects like the Matrix, Anime was coming to popularity, computers became the norm (and we’re still using these electronics today), the there was something to watch for everyone on tv & movies, the video games are evolving faster than any decade before and after it, music was feeling more down to Earth and less cheesy like glam rock/pop and hair metal, and so many more! Sure every year and decade has their bad days, but for me personally, I never had as much fun as I did in the 90s decade as there has been a lot of things to be excited about. There is no argument that growing up in the 90’s remains the best days to have a childhood and so many people on the internet agrees with me because they still talk about it and relive those beautiful moments that gives us all a warm feeling. But I won’t act like this decade was perfect, that’s why I made the Top 10 Worst Things in the 1990s, but it’s now time to finally end all of those 1990’s lists with the best things that came out the 1990s! These are the things that given us the biggest impression and made us cherish them for the rest of our lives!

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Cold War Is Over

Once the Berlin Wall was destroyed it showed that we were entering a new era in life. No longer do we have to worry about Nuclear warfare (except for North Korea) and the free world spread like a miracle. The 1980’s did a lot of significant things to beat the Soviets, great example was to win against them in a hockey game in the Miracle on Ice. Then the German reunification started in July 1, 1990 Germany was split in two following World War II. West Germany prospered while East Germany fell behind and experienced economic turmoil and dislocation. Some westerners wished to reunite the two countries, but the Soviet Union always refused. By 1989, the Soviets could no longer afford their empire and let Germany go. The following year, the two Germanys reunited. France quickly surrendered. Later, we no longer called the biggest country in the world the U.S.S.R. any more, but instead call it Russia once more. This was something that free world strived to live for and it was decades in the making. Our forefathers would have been proud on what we American had to do for the free world! This was the perfect way to start the 1990s decade. I know historically this should be higher, but for the fact that there are a lot more personal reasons why to love the 1990s, it should be understood why this is mentioned.

Vampire: The Masquerade 

The first edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was published in 1991, introducing the concept of “Storytelling” to the rpg world. Storytelling is roleplaying using streamlined rules that strip out most of the loot and adventuring of games like D&D and then using those simpler rules to resolve pretentious arguments about who is in charge of vampires in Milwaukee. Vampire should also be credited with mainstreaming gays in roleplaying games. Even elves in games like D&D were macho men, but in Vampire even the macho men wear leather daddy gear and carry around braces of twinks on leashes. To call Vampire’s art overwrought is to miss the entire point of the game. This is the role-playing game that introduced the World of Darkness franchise such as Warewolf: The Apocalypse, Mummy: The Resurrection, and so many more! Obviously, Vampire: The Masquerade started it all and it earn some recognition of being some of the best things released in the 1990s.

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Number 10.  –  Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon

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Though there were still Saturday Morning Cartoons going around in the 1990s, it was life-giver to actually have a channel dedicated to cartoons and children’s programming. Never had we ever had this much time of animated programming and constantly as a child I grew obsessive with watching these two channels.

For Nickelodeon, the 90s were a decade filled with entertainment that was ironic and cynical. After the hollow optimism of the 80s, it’s only logical that things would take a dramatic turn in the opposite direction. Goodbye Family Ties and Bananarama, hello Seinfeld and Nirvana. I think that in a lot of ways, children’s television programming reflects that change in mood. If you grew up in the 90s, you watched some weird shows for kids. So really, is it any wonder that as adults, a lot of us have an offbeat, eccentric sense of humor? If you were exposed to Ren & Stimpy as a child, that’s going to affect how you see the world. Shows that always comes tomind are Rugrother06ats, Aah! Real Monsters, CatDog, Ren and Stimpy, Doug, Yeah Arnold, Angry Beavers and Kablam that always gets us joyous whenever it’s on. But anyway, 90s television was awesome, and Nickelodeon really cornered the market in the US on kids programming. It didn’t talk down to us, and somehow found a way to come up with bizzard stories that entertained both us and our parents. There was also multiple structures of the channel where it not only showed cartoons but also gameshows like Legends of the Hidden Temple and Saturday Night Live knock-offs for kids like Keenen and Kel, All That, Snick, and many more!

While Cartoon Network started out as a channel where Ted Turner wanted to bring back his childhood favorite Hanna Barbera somewhere to mid to late-90s we were given original exclusive shows like Dexter’s Laboratory that was a dawn of a new era of cartoons. Then later more cartoons that was started from “What-a-cartoon show” started having their own animated series like Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and Johnny Bravo! Not only that, but the channel has given us a great variety of animation like Toonami’s anime programming hour that introduced many to anime and also Adult Swim because adult animated shows like the Simpsons wasn’t enough. Personally I favor for Cartoon Network much more than Nickelodeon, but they both made it on the list because they were some of the best parts of growing up in the 1990s and no other generation before had ever had the privilege to have this much amount of cartoons.

Number 9.  –  Anime World-Wide Popularity

Personally I would just love to put Cowboy Bebop on the list, but I have a REALLY soft spot for anime from the 1990s so I have to put them all together in one pick on the list. Anime in the mid to late-1990s was actually the best time to get into anime. This was the time where the creative forces behind anime began pulling themselves away from the ultra violence that gave anime a bad reputation and began pushing themselves for great stories that has withstood the test of time. Some of the most beloved and most recognized anime came out of this era; it was truly a renaissance (one we haven’t seen before or since)! This was also the time where anime crawled itself out of the dark corners of just being available for blockbuster video to now being aired on television, creating such worldwide acclaim and how we all first watched anime for the first time. For the longest time, the marketing for East and West has always been something that both cultures couldn’t appeal to one another, then all of the sudden, shows like Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon started selling merchandise and we couldn’t get out of the door without even hearing of the franchise. It as well opened doors to anime that had much more mature content than your standard cartoon that we seen in Saturday Mornings children’s broadcasting and Adult Animation late at night. Also, I prefer this era of anime more so than modern anime because they had a sense of realism and humanity instead of being too shiny, sharp, and overboard with the design & storytelling that lost the appeal that I felt so many years ago. There are anime today that I enjoy, but somehow the anime that came out from this era has that everlasting appeal that even future generations of Otaku will appreciate and enjoy! This was the panicle of what anime achieved and I still await to see if anime would ever be this good again. Click here to see the ten best animes that I certainly enjoyed watching from this era!

Number 8.  –  Microsoft Windows

Back in the 1980’s, computers entered the home market, but the problem is that they were all divided into different operating computers such as DOS, Macintosh, Commedore 64, and many more. That all of the sudden changed when Bill Gates given us Microsoft Windows in the mid 1980s and began getting good in the 1990s. Since then it gotten better and better until Windows XP being the last good one. Everyone in the 1990s needed to get themselves a computer for many reasons, but Microsoft Windows influenced everyone and their families to get one. Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world’s personal computer market with over 90% market share, overtaking Mac OS, which had been introduced in 1984. We were able to write documents, put in information, play better games, and even “surf on the net.”

Bill Gates introduces Windows 95 on launch day

That’s all thanks to Windows 95 selling a record-setting 7 million copies in the first five weeks. It’s the most publicized launch Microsoft has ever taken on. Windows 95 features the first appearance of the Start menu, taskbar, and minimize, maximize, and close buttons on each window. Windows 95 has built-in Internet support, dial-up networking, and new Plug and Play capabilities that make it easy to install hardware and software. The 32-bit operating system also offers enhanced multimedia capabilities, more powerful features for mobile computing, and integrated networking. At the time of the Windows 95 release, the previous Windows and MS–DOS operating systems are running on about 80 percent of the world’s PCs. Windows 95 is the upgrade to these operating systems. To run Windows 95, you need a PC with a 386DX or higher processor (486 recommended) and at least 4 MB of RAM (8 MB of RAM recommended). Upgrade versions are available for both floppy disk and CD-ROM formats. It’s available in 12 languages.

Released on June 25, 1998, Windows 98 is the first version of Windows designed specifically for consumers. PCs are common at work and home, and Internet cafes where you can get online are popping up. Windows 98 is described as an operating system that “Works Better, Plays Better.” With Windows 98, you can find information more easily on your PC as well as the Internet. Other improvements include the ability to open and close programs more quickly, and support for reading DVD discs and universal serial bus (USB) devices. Another first appearance is the Quick Launch bar, which lets you run programs without having to browse the Start menu or look for them on the desktop. Now the whole world uses computers and it has became the standard in society, no longer a thing to be ashamed of owning. You can say that this stuff is so outdated that it’s not worth coming back, but you have to appreciate this technology otherwise you wouldn’t be using your smart phone to look stuff up on the internet! Bill Gates has got to be the most important figure (yes more so than Bill Clinton, Kurt Cobain, and everyone else) of the whole decade of the 1990s

Number 7.  –  Disney Renaissance

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From 1970 through to 1989, Disney struggled to produce a major cinematic hit. While their movies continued to perform acceptably at the box office, it was widely suggested that they were a studio in decline. That all changed in the early ’90s however when the studio entered into one of the most commercially successful periods in its history now known as ‘The Disney Renaissance’. It lasted from 1989 to 1990 and these animated musicals are the best part of growing up as a child because it was Disney’s time to finally get out of their horrid era into a different direction. It all started with the Little Mermaid that began the Disney Renaissance that started in very late 1989 (so that counts as a 1990s film) that lasted an entire decade. This is considered as Disney’s best years because they all were so brilliantly integrated from the soundtracks, atmosphere, artistry, characters, charm and even appeal that I have seize to see any other era in animation to do the same. These are the films are as good, if not, better than the original Disney classics. The stories and characters (though they were borrowed by other tales) had been better than they’ve had been in years, and there was a substantial philosophy change in which these films were approached. Rather than just making films with just songs in them, Disney started making broadway musicals that had the most relatable characters. The quality of storytelling has been changed drastically where they like to give a valuable lesson in the end, but it combines the fantastic to the everyday relatable. We still deal with love, magic, and whimsical worlds, but there’s a down to Earth and moral story being told and they all have hit on something that we all can relate to; especially children. We’ve all been there and we can all feel what these characters are going through. We, just like the character, want to break free from the mundane and be part of something better. If you watch these movies an adult you understand what this is like for all of these protagonists, but if you seen these films as a child, you’re already there! The saddest part is that this has been Disney’s absolute best and that makes it hard to believe that can be pulled off once again. But for now, let’s countdown the ten best Disney animated movies from 1989-1990!

Number 6.  –  Musical Innovations

Despite that popular music in the 1990s saw the continuation of teen pop and dance-pop trends which had emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, there were brand new take on music that forever changed the way we approach music. Hip hop grew and continued to be highly successful in the decade, with the continuation of the genre’s golden age. Aside from rap, contemporary R&B and urban music in general remained extremely popular throughout the decade; urban music in the late-1980s and 1990s often blended with styles such as soul, funk and jazz, resulting in fusion genres such as new jack swing, neo-soul, hip hop soul and g-funk which were popular.

Similarly to the 1980s, rock music was also very popular in the 1990s, yet, unlike the New Wave and glam metal-dominated scene of the time, grunge, Britpop, industrial rock and other alternative rock music emerged and took over as the most popular of the decade, as well as punk rock, ska punk and nu-metal, amongst others, which attained a high level of success at different points throughout the years. Electronic music, which had risen in popularity in the 1980s, grew highly popular in the 1990s; house and techno rose to international success in this decade, as well as new electronic dance music genres such as trance, happy hardcore, drum and bass, intelligent dance and trip hop. In Europe, Eurodance and Europop music were highly successful, while also finding some international success. The decade also featured the rise of contemporary country music as a major genre, which had started in the 1980s.

No other decade has thrown up more variety and diversity. You can’t look at that decade and define it by anything; there was simply too much going on. Rock and pop bestrode the entire planet like rarely before or since. With grunge, guitar music enjoyed possibly its last true innovation. The decade wins for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ alone, but the heady college rock scene that surrounded it created one of the most glorious eras in all of pop culture; a world of Reality Bites and Generation X and My So-Called Life and even Beavis And Butthead. The vision of living in an apartment block in 1993 Seattle talking about issues with short-film-making buddies at open mic nights in coffee houses remains a fantasy me and my friends cherish to this day. Of course the Grunge movement was a short lived musical movement, however music did continue to innovate and grow as other genres began to shine like electronic, trip hop, hip-hop/rap, alternative rock and other genres of music delivered great diversity to the many. Of course with growth of music, we also had to suffer through the awful pop music, britpop, and boy bands that tries to be special. At the height of 90′s pop, there were alternatives like indie rock that was getting recognition and violent music that rebel to the garbage that the valley girls were playing. Of course, no decade is perfect, but I would so love to go back in time and relive the 1990′s again.

Number 5.  –  The Smashing Pumpkins

Every decade needs a band or artist that represents the entire decade. We’ve had Elvis Presley in the 1950’s, The Beatles in the 60’s, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in the ’70s, Metallica in the ’80s, and for the 1990s I hope that there’s no argument but it had to be The Smashing Pumpkins. Sure people would argue Nirvana, Radiohead, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Blur, Brittany Spears, or any other band is better than the Pumpkins, but no matter how many points they would make, they can’t convince me otherwise. The Smashing Pumpkins was the versatile and varied band that I’ve ever seen and each time they release an album in the 90s, it was a new era of the band. Once was considered “The Next Nirvana” the Pumpkins went beyond it and proved their quality of music. Throughout the entire decade, they’ve given the music world masterpiece, after masterpiece, after masterpiece! They’re not just one thing, they were alternative, grunge, punk, heavy metal, pop, shoegaze, gothic rock, electronic, and many more! Form in Chicago, Illinois by Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins put out many amazing albums such as “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” and the brilliant double album “Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore,” to their final two albums “Michina” I and II in 2000. When you’re thinking of the Smashing Pumpkins, you’re thinking of a childhood dream come to life and I continue to find it ever inspiring to see Billy Corgan and the Pumpkins live-out magic to everyone listening to music. The band is just incomparable to anything else out there; they’re pure and child-like that continues to inspire so many out there. Nothing could ever be better than their time in the 1990s when they were flourishing musical delight to anyone who can hear. That’s why they are the fourth greatest thing that ever happened in the 1990s!

Number 4.  –  The Simpsons

No room for argument, so don’t even try.  Twenty-three years down the line and the writing is sharp, the jokes are fresh, the themes are challenging and, well, everything having to do with artistic expression is riding higher than any other show on TV. This is the very cartoon that not only made adult animation a popular television programming, but it also changed our society! It was like an underground comic strip come to prime time and it ruled North American television for the entirety of the 1990s decade.

For a show the shows represents the American dysfunctional family is completely relatable but much more mature than any other animated programming. It became so watchable that we all just kept watching it whenever it’s on the air and new never dared to change the channel after we see the couch gag because it was changing our lives.  Everyone who seen the show remembers the episodes, take note of each trivia, and even the cameos and references that forever imbedded in our memories! Even better was the HUGE cast of character that all have their own unique characteristics that makes the town of Springfield to have its own personality. It’s a cast that is so huge that still to this day writers are picking each one to based a full episode on them and fulfill the experience. Hell, even the special guest celebrities who only make it in one episode are very part of the cast. And speaking of Springfield, even the locations are so iconic from the Kwik e mart, Moe’s Tavern, to the Springfield Elementary school, to even the Power Plant. And you thought that Disneyland was magical just watch any episode and you can see how creative they can go with each setting of Springfield.

Not only that, but the Simpsons did a lot of things that are considered too mature for young audiences such as family fight, abuse, alcoholism/drugs, religion, suggestive themes, and so many more. These episodes from the 1990s really gets better as we get older because we start to notice things that we didn’t catch around the time that it was new making it a wonderful time to watch. We had characters hurt/die, controversial topics, and deep subject matter that ingeniously made a great laugh out of it & at the same time relate to it. For an animated show that focused so much on referencing and becoming the most entertaining thing to watch, it was more human than anything airing on television.

Who knew that a cartoon about a dysfunctional family can had some of the wildest, most creative, and funniest adventures that any show can get. Everyone is always anticipated for the couch gag in the opening, the plots that somehow changes in the course of the episodes, the once-a-year special “Treehouse of Horrors,” the catchphrases, see favorite characters & the recurring gags, and so many more that makes us take the show very seriously and at the same time have the best laughs of our lives! For those who still believes that the Simpsons lost their magic, go ahead and rewatch the entire series and see why The Simpsons has such a reputation! By almost any measurement, The Simpsons is the most influential television comedy ever created.

Number 3.  –  Nintendo, Sega, & Sony in the Console Wars

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This entire decade of gaming has always been regarded as the best era of gaming. This entire decade has gone through the 4th, 5th, and 6th (Sega Dreamcast) Generation of consoles and it was the most evolutionary and innovative moment of our interactive media. We’re talking about jumping from the 8-bit graphics, to 16-bit technology, to 3D graphics. No doubt it was the most daring and the fastest-growing times that any industry has ever had. I did however said that there were too many consoles flooding the entire industry in the 1990s in my Top 10 Worst Things of the 1990s, but the only thing that was worth a damn is Nintendo, Sega, and Sony’s consoles and other gaming products. Many of us kids who grew up in the 1990s had the privilege to experience the transformation of the industry and as we grow older we nostalgic ones have nothing but full appreciation for what has happened in the industry.

It was started with the Nintendo Entertainment System that saved the game industry from the gaming market crash of 1983 and also it made the industry as a whole for what it is today. Towards the end of the 1980’s Nintendo owned the whole gaming industry offering a dawn of a new era of 8-bit graphics. As a result of Nintendo saving the gaming market in the 1980′s, it spawned rivalries during the 1990′s and there was no bigger competitor than Sega. It wasn’t the first time that console manufactures and companies were in competition with each other, but it was the dawn of what we call the “Console Wars” that gave competition a new name after that vicious ad-campaign, “Sega Does What Nintendon’t” to grab an audience for the Sega Genesis. Now all of the sudden, not only the companies had to face intense rivalries but also owners of both consoles had to start rivalries as well (or so I heard because I was a Nintendo fan and whenever I wanted to play the Sega Genesis, I just go to my friend’s house). It started out as a brand new direction with video games and managing to have equal graphics seen in the arcades in the early 1990s that made it a must own at the time. Nintendo knew that they had to evolve by making a successor for the NES called the Super Nintendo. Back in 1991, you had a gamble to either own a Sega Genesis or a Super Nintendo because either one of the consoles could have been the best console of all time. But either way, you were offered some of the most entertaining machines to ever fulfill human’s enjoyment.

The 16-bit era was some of the most iconic time in gaming because it was like Pepsi vs. Coke, Tupac vs. B.I.G., and Hatfields vs. McCoys. All the other consoles that was Sega or Nintendo products were either disappeared out of the face of the Earth (Turbografx-16) or a laughingstock of a console that could not grow much of an audience (Atari Jaguar). From the early to the mid-1990s, it was nothing more than Sega and Nintendo that had all the success and for good reason, they had quality games from Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog trilogy, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy II and III (also known as IV and VI), Phantasy Star, Shining Force, and so many more. It wasn’t all perfect for both consoles because they both took too much risks like Nintendo’s redesign of the SNES zapper to look like oversize bazooka, the SNES mouse not compatible with most games, and even the Mario paint gimmick, while Genesis had horrible gimmicks like Sega Activator and confused the market by jumping back and forth to their Sega CD and cartridge add-ons (and later the 32-X) to show please the audience with better graphics and technology. But with so much money to spend, Nintendo made a graphically impressive game called Donkey Kong Country to prove that you don’t need add-ons to make better graphics and gameplay. DKC single handedly saved the SNES from being toast and today Nintendo still stands today.

It’s no wonder why after all the failed gimmicks that Sega has made, they couldn’t be as successful with their later consoles the Sega Saturn and the Dreamcast. However, Nintendo had to face another competitor who they humiliated to not support the SNES-CD and instead got Philip’s CD-i to use their Nintendo license on their system (and it won’t be their last bone headed move till we get to the Virtua Boy). Sony decided to get in the gaming industry and compete against Nintendo using the SNES-CD technology calling it the “Playstation.” They had a really rough start because there was no audience who was giving Sony a chance. Then Nintendo jumped to the Nintendo 64 but stuck with cartridge, but that caused a lot of developers to jump to a different console that uses CD technology to do a lot more than the limited cartridge. Sega Saturn dissatisfied consumes by releasing it too early and it was too expensive to make. There was no better CD based console than the Playstation as a result all of the third party support that Nintendo and Sega had jump shift to Sony’s new console. All of the sudden, Playstation was getting major classic franchises making an installment on their system like Final Fantasy VII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Mega Man, Strider, and Metal Gear Solid new titles that gave Sony an identity like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Parappa, Gran Torismo, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Syphon Filter, Oddworld, Tekken, and many more! Nintendo 64  wasn’t far behind Playstation with awesome titles like Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time, Turok trilogy, GoldenEye 007, Star Fox 64 and many more to show the the 64-bit technology and offer a 4-player party machine.

You can take a look at any of the best titles from these systems and you can see why they are remembered for their greatness regardless of age.

As graphics and technology continues to evolve, developers were able to give us brand new video game genres that got us out of the 2D plane like Survival Horror, First-Person Shooters, Stealth-Action games, flight shooters, and The fighting game boom that made the industry bigger than it already is. Today, we’re still following those game genres by evolving to new ideas but wouldn’t get anywhere without the amazing ideas that started in the 1990s. There a was a big enthuses of multiplayer that was uprising since Street Fighter II became a game for 1-on-1 fights, then later FPS’s started warfare with players that’s still growing today, 4-player competition with N64 and Dreamcast, and even the very first online multiplayer titles like Quake on PC and many more on the Sega Dreamcast. I really miss those times when we were able to invite a friend over just to play with us and have tournaments when it’s a competitive fight. Also let’s not forget the evolution of storytelling in video games. All of the sudden, as gamers got older, they are in need for titles that are taken more seriously and significant on what they’re doing. We started to have RPG games from the SNES to the Playstation like Final Fantasy IV, VI, and VII, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, that made watching cutscenes fell more important than before. No longer were adventure games from the PC the only game genre that offered great stories in video games because they showed that any game genre is capable to tell a good story, at best.

Going back to these games makes me more and more appreciative on what was offered in the 1990s and it continues to make us wish that we were back in those times. Sure we can go back to these old machines at any given time, but what makes going back to those days when they are new so desiring is because we miss the society where they believed that they were realistic and had the same enthusiasm to check out what’s offered in video games at the time. Gladly, there are still people out there that still gives a lot of appreciation and love for gaming in 1990s and it should tell you tell you the reputation this era deserved if the majority of the games still entertains people today.

 

Number 2.  –  Terminator 2: Judgement Day

This is the best movie sequel of all time and no doubt the best movie of the whole 1990s! It far surpasses The Terminator by a milestone. The first one, strange as it seems, was more B-horror-movie than action movie, a sort of slasher film with sci-fi trimmings. The second sees Cameron pull the same trick he did with Aliens, switching genre, upping the ante and producing something entirely different (the bad guy’s now the good guy!) while still feeling like part of the same franchise. This time around, a young and rebellious John Connor is pursued by the T-1000, a liquid-metal cyborg that can morph into anyone or anything it comes in contact with. In a surprise plot twist, the original Terminator (Arnold “Governator” Schwarzenegger) becomes the lovable hero, spitting out memorable lines like “Hasta la vista, baby” while protecting John and his mother Sarah Connor (also reprising her role from the first film).

The movie, which marked the first time human motion was used for a computer-generated character, which is why our main villain, the T-1000 still looks so amazing to this very day. The T-1000 is a very intimidating villain; one of the most memorable in movie history and in my book he’s simply the best of all time. It seems the trend that sequels find a great villain or supporting character who steals the audience away from the protagonist the first film spent so much time exploring. Such is true of Terminator 2.  I can’t imagine how hard it was for moviegoers in 1991 to believe anybody could top the Terminator, but Robert Patrick’s T-1000 not only instilled fear in the viewers, James Cameron’s CGI villain was unprecedented from an effects standpoint. Cold, calculating and relentless, the T-1000 still remains one of the coolest bad guys ever. But it isn’t the villain, or even the Arnold back as the T-800 that elevated T2 to glory. Instead, Sarah Connor is the essence of of the film.

The scared-but-tough woman puts on the vest and provides the firepower of the film. There are endless amounts of toughness in this second installment, but it is somehow balanced with an uncanny amount of heart. I can list all the great things that made Terminator 2 just the best movie of all time – the epic opening, the future war scene, the reverse father-son-relationship between John and the Terminator, lighting and cinematography, the viaduct chase, the best biblical quotes Arnie has ever said, T-1000 transformation, it’s philosophical, the character development, tying up loose ends, intelligent action, dark humor, the best climatic ending, and hundred of reasons more!

This is the best narrative, production, and experience I’ve ever had with a singular film. Everyone deserves to see this film! Terminator 2 impressed me so much that it became my most re-watched film ever. I lost count of all the times I’ve watched Terminator 2 and I still can’t get enough of it. Even with the Extended Cut version I still want more of Terminator 2 because it sucks so much ass that the sequels are so inferior to the original two films that makes wrapping your entire life obsessing Terminator 2 to feel so fulfilling. Terminator 2 was at its most insane with their effects, action, direction, and storytelling that the there is no other film that is marginally equivalent to its sheer level of awesomeness. By the end, no matter how tough and badass the characters and action really are, it can still make a grown man cry towards the end. If you want more reasons why Terminator 2 is simply the greatest film of all time, click here to understand why it’s so damn good! Thumbs up to you Terminator 2 for being not only the best movie of the 1990s, but the best movie of all fucking time!!

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Number 1.  –  The Attitude Era!

There was never a better time to be a pro wrestling fan, let alone a fan of television programming than during the period from 1996-2002, when WWF was in the midst of its legendary Attitude Era. TV ratings were at an all-time high, it was cool to be a fan and you could find a good wrestling product on TV just about any time you wanted to. Contrast that with today’s WWE product. Now, fans are inundated with hours of mindless, and often meaningless, WWE programming.  Sit through one three-hour episode of Monday Night Raw, and you’ll be longing for the old days, even if you weren’t a wrestling fan in the old days. There was no better matches, better shows, and better cast of characters/wrestlers than the ones from the attitude era!

Attitude; the name say it all.  Gone were the days of the family-friendly, cartoon characters that WWF had been presenting since the 1980s & mid 1990s. Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage were replaced by guys like Steve Austin, The Rock and Mankind.  And old names like Undertaker transformed into more diminutional characters. The stars at the top of the card could be babyfaces, heels or fall somewhere in between. The biggest star of the Attitude Era saluted the crowd with his middle fingers, and he was a wildly popular baby face. The moment where Stone Cold Steve Austin first swore in King of the Ring 1996 and said Austin 3:16, it was the birth of a new era. Even the good guys weren’t the kind of people that your parents wanted you to hang around with. In the Attitude Era, WWE fans needed a scorecard to tell which grapplers were babyfaces, and which were heels.  You certainly couldn’t tell by watching.

As mentioned, the top babyface in the company was a beer-drinking, trash-talking, bird-flipping redneck.  The Rock, who proclaimed himself The People’s Champion with one breath, told the crowd to shut up and start chanting with him in the next.  He went from face to heel to face again with startling regularity.  The No. 1 faction of the era, D-Generation X, broke every rule in the book, told the fans to “Suck It” and made lewd hand gestures with every ring appearance that started its own sexual revolution on national television.  The crowd couldn’t have loved them more. The No. 1 heel in the company was the boss, Vince McMahon.  Crowds booed him for trying to stop his stars from drinking in the ring, running off with the divas and painting their logo on anything that didn’t move. The Attitude Era was compelling because the stars had nuance.  No one was purely good or purely bad, they were human, exciting, and entertaining all the way.  Mankind was a babyface who supposedly spent most of his off hours locked in a basement somewhere, talking to himself or to a sock puppet.  Austin would flip off the fans before his matches and drink “Steveweiser” toasts to them after.

During the Attitude Era, the biggest names were consistently atop the card and fighting for some title or principle. Rock, whether babyface or heel, was constantly in contention for the Intercontinental Championship, the WWE title or in pursuit of some other guy who had done him wrong.  D-Generation-X took turns holding the WWE, Intercontinental, Tag Team and European titles. Austin chased the gold and stunned anybody who stood in his way. The top tag teams—The Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian, DX, The Dudleys and the APA—were constantly battling one another, and the outcomes were never predictable. The variations were many, but the names at the top of the card seldom changed.  Fans knew when they tuned in that they’d see Rock, Austin, McMahon, DX and the rest of the top stars battling over issues or titles.  There just weren’t any transitional champions.  The top stars held the gold and dared anyone to come and take it.

The one thing I really miss in Pro Wrestling is proper storytelling, not these in-ring work garbage where people make flips and choreographic moves to keep people interested but looks so fake.  During the Attitude Era, fans tuned in because the matches told stories. Austin wanted to beat the hell out of Rock because he wanted the WWE title.  DX was chasing Vince’s daughter so that they would have a hold over the CEO of the company. Mick Foley had three different characters going because he wanted to break through to the top of the card and wasn’t sure if his best chance was as Cactus Jack, Mankind or Dude Love. Kane interferes Undertaker for his revenge for burning his face. Kane fought with XPac over a girl (Tori).  Outlandish things were happening, but there was always a reason behind them, and the stories were most often very interesting. In the Attitude Era, it took Austin months to finally get his hands on Vince McMahon and The Rock took most of a year to take over the Nation of Domination.  These are not just story lines, these were epic sagas that was happening in wrestling and never again did we ever felt the same with the media again.

If that’s not enough, the matches in this era took risks. In the Attitude Era, WWE climbed back to the top of the wrestling world by taking chances. Letting Austin swill beer and flip off the fans was risky.  Putting the WWE Championship on Mankind was a huge leap of faith in Hell in a Cell. The Hardy Boyz, Dudley Boys and Edge and Christian made the tag team division relevant by destroying each other and just about everyone else with tables, ladders and chairs.  Jeff Hardy appeared willing to leap off of just about anything, including the top rope, a 20-foot ladder and the TitanTron in order to spark the crowd. WWE put belts on almost all of the McMahons at one time or another.  At one point, Shane, Vince and Stephanie all held some form of a WWE title within a 12-month span. Speaking of McMahon, the boss of the company was painted as the company’s top heel.  He was bulked up beyond belief and used whatever means he could think of to get his way. People got hit with chairs, set on fire, thrown off the top of gigantic structures and run over by cars on a weekly basis. All of these things kept my interest and mixed that up with a good story, you’re presented with the most awesome moments in life!

Sure, The Attitude Era ripped off Extreme Championship Wrestling’s hardcore wrestling phenomenon, but for the fact that this single era brought the highest ratings that the WWE has ever had should tell you about the success and reception it deserved. And who do we have to thank for all that was given to us in the Attitude Era? None other than Vince McMahon. Sure, the man has done some of the most questionable decisions in the business, but starting this trend in wrestling was the best thing he’s ever done for the company and wrestling itself.  Vince McMahon had more to do with the attitude era success than anyone. This era of wrestling literally did rule the world, killing off the corporate giant WCW which they competed directly with on Monday nights. McMahon’s business acumen and creative vision had a ton to do with this. He was the one who scripted feuds between himself and Steve Austin which engaged fans so dramatically. Vince was the one who saw the potential of The Rock and encouraged him to push further. It was Vince who identified merchandise opportunities and business strategy which saw his company grow hugely in the attitude era. But it wasn’t just McMahon’s off screen greatness that turned the WWF from a joke into world dominance. It was the swagger and delivery of the Mr. McMahon television character which really made the attitude era what it was. Steve Austin would have been nothing close to as huge a star had he not had the right foil to bounce off of. Vince was that man, he played the Mr. McMahon character better than any talent has ever played a gimmick. The hammed up performances of Mr. McMahon made WWF must see, and sold thousands of pay per views as viewers longed for Steve Austin to kick his ass.

This was an era of wrestling that was so innovative and captivating and so entertaining, that it’s always worth coming back to. Wrestling fans to this day are still waiting for another era like this but unfortunately since WWE went back to the times of PG, not giving two shits about telling good stories, and over enthuses on pointless in-ring work more-so than anything else. As a result of seeing wrestling getting worse and worse, it makes going back to the Attitude Era a lot better than we remembered. And that’s one of the big reasons why the Attitude Era was so damn, good, but many of the story lines were actually better well told than any movie and televisions since and after. It always culminate in a one-on-one match or any other stipulation in a Pay Per View and more times than not, they always deliver. It really makes you wish that WWE today has big name competition like WCW and ECW so that way they can put as much effort to beat the competition. It’s true the the whole purpose of Attitude was to beat WCW in the Monday Night Wars, but that’s the whole point in this business. The Attitude Era’s product was so good that it not only caught up with the times, but the times were living with the wrestling world. It became cool to be a wrestling fan and almost everything that was going on in WWF was twice the size of Hollywood. Never again will WWE or Vince McMahon ever be living in such successful and harmonious times as much as they were in the Attitude Era!

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Top 10 Worst Things of the 1990s

Just to let everyone know that I really love growing up in the 90’s and still cherish this decade for everything that I can remember. However, there’s no decade that’s perfect because there are of course good days and bad days for every single year. Of course I won’t be nitpicky for technologies, graphics, or cultures (backwards hat for example) that aged terribly because anything old in general can age badly. I’m looking at aspects of the 1990s that caused us grief and disappointments. The 1990s is infamous for being violent, drug-heavy, and rowdy than any other decade. And at the same time there were horrible moments in this era like these ten worst things in the 1990s. But despite anything I say in this list, this decade as a whole is WAY better than the 2000’s which I declare as the worst decade since the great depression. Before I make a list of the ten best things of the 1990s, let’s just look at the worst. As must was we desire to go back to this time, just remember that if we could possibly do so, we have to endure the punishment that came from this decade.

Number 10.  –  Too Many Consoles

I will still stand to my guts and stick with saying that gaming in the 1990s is the best time of gaming, however I will have to admit that there were downfalls of this decade of gaming. Why? Because there were just too many competitors trying to compete against Sega, Nintendo, and Sony like the NEO GEO, Turbografx-16, Atari Jaguar, 3D), and so many more that you need to see for yourself! Here’s the problem, as much as manufacturers and game companies like to say that the Genesis and Super Nintendo is inferior to their product, they still failed to do the most important thing; sell games. It was difficult to see if whether or not if any of their advertisement is true of propaganda to take so much money from you. Today, it’s easy to know what to spend our money on by looking it up on the internet and see other’s recommendation that actually tested it. If you want to take a look at some of the worst consoles of all time, just take a look at any system released in the 1990s with the Sega Saturn and Turbografx-16 being an exception. There were just more hardware than software. Even worse, buying a system is not good enough so we forced ourselves to buy the CD add-ons like the Sega CD, Sega 32-X, and Atari Jaguar CD that was sold separately. Also, can anyone tell me what handheld was better than the Gameboy or Gameboy Color that had a decent library and didn’t suck up so much batteries that caused childhood bankruptcies? If you’re one of those suckers that got them selves into video games that wasn’t made by Sega, Nintendo, Sony, NEC, or SNK, I pity you for waisting so much money and didn’t get a lot in return from the system.

Number 9.  –  East Coast-West Coast Rivalry 

Just remember! Because of this trend is the reason why Pac and Biggie are dead. One reason why I’m not that much of a fan of rap culture is because it’s so violent and filled with sheep that gets involved with it. The feud in the 1990s between artists and fans of the East Coast hip hop and West Coast hip hop scenes in the United States. Focal points of the feud were East Coast-based rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (and his label, Bad Boy Records) and West Coast-based rapper 2Pac (and his label, Death Row Records), both of whom were murdered by unknown assailants. Not only these two were involved in this competition, but many rappers as well like Tim Dog, Bad Boy, Death Row, and more. Also violence between rap fans and gangstas. There are rappers out there that wasn’t involved with this rivalry like the Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, and Nas just to name a few. But Hip-Hop still can’t stop creating heat because it still continues throughout the 2000s.

Number 8.  –  1970’s and 1960’s Retro

Do you know how I know of the 1970s and 1960s at a very young age? It’s not because of my parents who loves playing music from that era, it’s because the whole media is obsessed of resurrecting this era that made the 1990s nearly lost its identity. If the 90s will be remembered for one Big Trend, it will be Retro, especially 70s-Retro – which is eye-ron-ik because modern Retro started in the mid-70s, when American Graffiti and Happy Days became two of the biggest hits of all time. But unlike in the real, horrible 70s – when 50s retro was a tragic, pathetic cry for help to escape the wretched bummer of the 70s – the 70s-Retro fad in the 1990s was cute, kitsch and merely a way for mainstream-hipsters to drop quasi-obscure pop culture references. In fact, 70s-Retro isn’t even a 90s thing – it got its start in urban clubs around 1987, and wouldncha know it, 70s-Retro is still big today! Looking back at it now, there are just an overwhelming number of things that loving going back in time like That 70’s Show (overrated show), Quentin Tarantino movies, Austin Powers, and SO many movies and shows! Sure Generation X wishes that they were back in the past but why can’t anyone live in the times… oh I forgot… it’s because the next worst thing of the 1990s…

Number 7.  –  BoyBands and Teen Pop

Usually a group of 4 or 5 untalented males who take credit for songs that they didn’t write. They are put together by a greedy music industry, and eventually end up putting out every single thing in the world with their logo on it so ‘teenie-boppers’ will go spend their money.A boyband must consist of the following: good looks, charm, and no talent. The most obvious reason why they suck is the way the “music” sounds. Sure some of them may be able to harmonize and hit notes correctly (semi-correctly), but the simple fact is that they do not sound good. Boybands also suck because the members have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. Sure, one or two of them may be able to sing, but rarely does the ability to sing well ever have anything to do with talent. Most of the time if a person is able to sing, it is something that he or she was born with and not something that must be practiced. They play no instruments, write no music, and are probably not even involved in the production until all of the music has been lain down and the producer is read to record the vocals. The thing that sucks is that this is where music jumped to when Kurt Cobain committed suicide and as a result many of us jumped to heavier and more violent music like Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and many more to rebel against the awfulness of Brittany Spears, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, NSYNC, and the rest that gave the 1990s a bad name! It would take many years after the 1990s for us to “leave Brittany Alone” finally!  It’s no wonder why people still wishes that they were in the 1970’s because of this awful trend of music and cultures.

Number 6.  –  Comic Books of the 1990s

During the ’80s, no medium was more innovative and daring than comic books. Shedding the notion that they were exclusively for children, writers like Neil Gaimain, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore revolutionized the industry with titles such as Batman: Year OneThe Dark Knight ReturnsWatchmen, and Sandman. These books transcended the superhero genre and wound up appealing to fans with more sophisticated tastes. That decade of revolution simply couldn’t bleed over into the ’90s, however. Even though Miller, Moore, and Gaimain were still churning out great work during the ’90s, new trends started to overtake the industry. The superlative storytelling of the ’80s were replaced by flashy art and greedy publishers’ get-rich-quick schemes. Thus began the era of tasteless, hyper-sexualized drawings and classic superheroes thrown haphazardly into mindless stories created purely for shock value. Many artists, like Rob Liefield, are responsible for this moment in art and as a result it gave comic books a bad name and caused Marvel to declare bankrupts which caused the Comic Book Market Crash of 1996 that still to this day we’re still recovering from. This week marks the 15th anniversary of one of the worst comic book events of all time, Marvel Comics’ Heroes Reborn, a 1996-1997 crossover story arc that needlessly “killed off” the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and Dr. Doom and reinvented them in a pocket universe.  Of course not all comic books of the 1990s were at all bad, I was able to make a Top 10 Comics Books of the 1990s that still stand as being the greatest ever! It just took as a long ten year till the media as a whole got rid of this trend and moved on to the right direction for the business.

Number 5.  –  Furbies

Which leads us nicely onto the Furby. Again, whilst the fears of the Millennium bug turning them all into Terminator-esque killing machines didn’t quite come to fruition, there was always something not quite right about these owlish creatures. In the late 90s, over 40 million of these things were sold worldwide, children everywhere lured by their apparent ‘intelligence’ at learning language and ‘ communication’ through infra-red ports – they were even banned at one point from many intelligence agencies’ offices, because there were fears they would share national secrets. All we know is, like true spies, they hold up well under torture. Especially water torture.

Number 4.  –  Kurt Cobain Suicide

I don’t doubt that Nirvana was going to come to an end because of the huge press that they were getting that effected their relationship with each other, but to go far as to committing suicide and destroy an era along with it is some of the worst things ever. Still to this day we debate on how or why this has happened, but to had the grunge movement to define a decade then all of the sudden just ended as we entered the mid-90s. To see that we’re still missing and sadden for this very incident shows how sad this moment really is. You can tell everyone misses Kurt and Nirvana because they still buy the same records from the band and getting never released tracks that still sells today. I would have loved to see the legacy of Nirvana to expand so much more if there was more control with the band. At lease he left us with a bang in the Live At Reading performance that still makes us feel that Kurt’s alive. Either way, it was a wrong decision for Kurt to do and it still effects all of us around the world.

Number 3.  – The Montreal Screw Job

If any of you guys think wrestling is fake, you’re an idiot! This is as real as it gets and never have I seen a disgusting actin in wrestling in my entire life! I don’t care what any of you Vince McMahon or Shawn Michaels marks say Bret was wrong, but it was all Vince’s fault for making Bret Hart heel only to have him to be the hero of Canada and prime enemy of the United States of America throughout 1997. You should have seen how violent the wrestling world was between Canada and USA because of all the back talking of cultural differences between both nations. If you’re seen as your country’s biggest hero, of course you can’t loose to your country as a finale of your career. Beside, Bret promised to give back the WWF Championship to Vince and I know Bret would never do that, but just because Vince had Madusa toss the Women’s title in trash live at WCW Nitro, doesn’t mean every wrestler is going to do it. This was an incident that was so tragic that it shows how much bullshit wrestling politics really is. I respect Shawn Michaels as a wrestling and a performer because he is the most talented guy in the industry, but let’s admit it he was the most immature, insecure bitch of all time. Not only he ruined a lot of wrestler’s careers with the fucking Kliq during the New Generation Era, but he also ruined Bret Hart’s as well. Sure, Bret could have seen it coming but it turned out way worse than anyone expected. Even Earl Hebner swore he won’t do the screwjob on his children, well I hope they have a special place in hell for breaking that swear. What’s even more of an insult to me was that after the Montreal Screwjob, Vince publicly said he had no sympathy for Bret whatsoever and Shawn and Triple H mocked Bret with a midget impersonator. This is the reason why I’ll never be a pro wrestler because of stunts like this! Vince McMahon is wrong, Bret didn’t screw Bret, Vince screwed Bret and screwed himself. The only reason why I still watch the WWF after all the bullshit they’ve made, is because I want to see good storytelling, talented wrestlers that are in their roster, and even Vince getting his ass kicked. Besides, Shawn got what he deserved by breaking his back and forcing himself to retirement till he became a born-again Christian. The only reason why this is not number 1 is because both of them made peace with each other 12 years later which really made me cry! It was one of the most magical moments that proves that anything can happen. Because of this I’m no longer mad at what Shawn, Vince, or Hebner did in 1997.

Number 2.  –  OJ Simpson Trail, Michael Jackson’s Allegations, Mike Tyson Incident

Nothing can ever more disappointing than having celebrities that are looked as heroes to turn us down because of legal problems that we never knew that they had it with them. But what’s even worse is how it damaged their reputation so badly that every time we mention their names we still think of that very legal problems. Try saying Michael Jackson and see if anyone isn’t thinking of pedophilia, or say OJ and see his murder. At least those two got away with it (except for OJ’s second trial), but Tyson had to go to prison during his boxing career making boxing itself boring to watch without him. Another thing in common with these three is that they had to deal with trials more than once later in the 2000’s and it’s just crazy to see that people are still after them since the early 1990s. It just hurts to see that these three really talented big names has destroyed all praise and recognition. This was the time when society was hostile and vicious with anything and when it comes to legal problems, it’s scary to be a celebrity. Not only are we just scare of even confronting these three but they left us in disappointment! All those memories of seeing them do what they do best is for ever tainted with their uncontrollable behavior.

Number 1.  – Columbine Shooting

If there’s always a strong debate on gun control, it has to be because of this massacre. On April 20, 1999, in the small, suburban town of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted an all-out assault on Columbine High School during the middle of the school day. The boys’ plan was to kill hundreds of their peers. With guns, knives, and a multitude of bombs, the two boys walked the hallways and killed. When the day was done, twelve students, one teacher, and the two murderers were dead; plus 21 more were injured. The haunting question remains: why did they do it? I can really see that they were really troubled kids that couldn’t fit in anywhere, we would of see them as victims, but to see all of them get shot shows that whoever they wanted to kill turned out to be the victims. It’s truly horrifying to see that the youth of America could degenerate themselves to shoot the innocent, but for the fact that they are responsible for the darkest times of the 1990s, and there should be nobody to blame than Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold on Adolf Hilter’s birthday of all things. This shows that teenage rebellion is bullshit and whatever they stood for, it was not worth it. The Columbine Massacre changed the way society looked at children and at schools. Violence was no longer just an after-school, inner-city activity. It could happen anywhere.

Well, I’m done talking about the worst aspects of the 1990s, however let’s finish the 1990s list by making our final list of the Top 10 Best Things of the 1990s!

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Top 10 Wrestling Matches of the 1990s

It’s a no brainer to say that wrestling in the 1990s was the best decade of wrestling. Really, today we only have a bunch of indie promotions that only wishes they can compete against WWE that’s still the only wrestling company that dominates the wrestling industry. Back in the 90’s we had WCW, WWF, and ECW that were all competing with each other and competitions is great for business. They grow, evolve and deliver the unexpected and that’s something that I truly miss in wrestling today. I always love going to back at these old matches where the the 80’s rock and wrestling reaches it’s end, the short-lived new generation era, to the very famous Attitude era of wrestling for the WWF! Wrestling took a big evolution in the 90s to become more realistic, edgier, rambunctious, and daring just to give us our entertainment. Without out doubt, wrestling never got more entertaining that this decade as a whole and it left a historical impact on television history! These are the best wrestling matches that forever left us an impression and still continues to be entertaining many years later!

Honorable Mentions

 Sumerslam ’94:  Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, Steel Cage

If Shawn Michaels is “Mr. Wrestlemania,” then just call Bret Hart “Mr. Summerslam,” because as showcased by this list, Hart produced some of the most memorable matches at WWE’s premier Summer pay-per-view. The two Hart brothers would have perhaps their greatest match against one another on this night, battling for the then-WWF Championship inside a steel cage. As Bret has said, this was perhaps his favorite match against his brother in the WWE, and he felt that they were able to give the audience something different than the stereotypical cage match. The two sold the sibling rivalry to the audience and showed that there doesn’t need to be weapons and bloodshed involved to have a historic cage match.

Heatwave ’98: Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka

These two are the best rivalry that ECW has ever had just simply because both of these men never had a bad match together and Heatwave ’98 was their best! Awesome’s athleticism gets the crowd to pop at every big flying move. He was dominant to open, but soon found himself colliding with a chair thanks to Tanaka. Tanaka charged at him on the ramp, waving the chair above his head like a knight readying a sword. Dives into the crowd, awesome-bombs through tables and DDTs onto chairs highlighted the rest of the match. The energy of this match, how Tanaka and Awesome masterfully worked the crowd makes this a bout worthy of watching, several times over.

Great American Bash ’90:  Ric Flair vs. Sting

The Ric Flair and Sting feud spans several years because it was WCW’s most iconic rivalries in that promotion. Their best outing however would be at WCW’s The Great American Bash pay per view in 1990. At this point, both wrestlers knew each other very well and complimented each others wrestling styles. Additionally, the crowd was heavily invested in the storyline, which went beyond Sting and Flair. Standing ringside for the bout was The Steiner Brothers, Junkyard Dog and more. This was to insure there would be no interference from Ole Anderson and The Four Horsemen. Throughout the match, Flair tried numerous times to cheat, each time being thwarted by the good guys at ringside. Flair seized the opportunity and went for his patented figure four leg lock. But Sting quickly counted the move with a small package and got the three count. The crowd erupted, as Sting celebrated with The Steiner Brothers and Junkyard Dog. Despite losing the title for the 6th time, Flair would go on to win the championship several more times.

Royal Rumble ’94: Yokozuna vs. Undertaker

I guess I have a huge guilty pleasure for this match because Yokozuna is my favorite over-size wrestler and his best match (that didn’t involve his Tag Team match with Owen Hart) was his Casket Match with Undertaker at Royal Rumble ’94. Undertaker was so over-powered that it took half of the heel roster to finish him off and put him in the casket. It was a very chaotic match that made it amazing to see all the heels doing their most evilest to beat the powerful force of ‘Taker. But after Yokozuna finally put Taker in the Casket, then came the scariest moment in all of wrestling, Undertaker’s resurrection inside that casket! It didn’t have a great in-ring work but it had the some of the best drama and finishes that I’ve ever seen in a single match.

Dr. Death Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi

This is some of the toughest looking matches I’ve ever seen. Dr. Death Steve Williams is some of the best technical powerhouses the world of wrestling has ever had. His moves were some of the most painful looking I’ve ever seen and to my surprise, Kenta Kobashi was able to withstand and endure every trick that Steve Williams had to pull. You probably have seen wrestling like this before, but this is one that had some of the devastating effect that I’ve seen throughout the 1990s. Throughout the entire match, we always had near-falls and multiple instances where it looks like it can end, but they kept going. This match is really damn good, but what it’s missing the most is a good story to tell which is why it’s off the list.

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Number 10.  –  King of the Ring ’98RAW 6/29/1998: Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane

My favorite time of being a WWF fan was 1998 when we had only four major stars tearing each other up; Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mankind, and Kane (and possibly Vince McMahon if you believe that). Though this was Austin at his prime, this was also Kane’s prime as well were we had an actual horror-like monster as a wrestling persona that happened to be one of the best mystique characters of all time. He’s had a an awesome debut interfering the Undertaker’s match with HBK in the first Hell in a Cell, nearly this close to finish Undertaker at Wrestlemania, Tombstone Pete Rose (twice), and even even took his rivalry with Taker in the most dangerous match, the Inferno Match! It really built his character all the way to a WWF Championship against Stone Cold. And quite frankly, I’m putting two matches in two consecutive nights in this very list!

Sure, everyone thinks it’s blasphemy that I put this match over the King of the Ring Hell in the Cell match between Mankind and Undertaker, but the match between Kane and Austin is what truly defined the Attitude Era more-so than that match! It’s really cool to see a first blood-match but pretty obvious of who’s going to loose because Kane had his mask on, but it didn’t matter because this very match this match threw everything on the table to make it recognize it as Attitude. We’re talking about taking the fight to the crowd, interferences with Taker and Foley, close-call finishers, many attempted murders (pouring gasoline on Ref), and even bringing the Hell in the Cell down making it a gimmick match that was damaged earlier (Mankind vs. Undertaker). But that nasty chair shot that Taker did on Austin was some of the most effective and it gave Kane his title. That was some of my favorite heel victories of all professional wrestling because it left us asking for more!

And more is what we got because the following night on free TV, we were given a rematch between the two as main event of Raw is War. Thought it probably could have been better, this was a fantastic climax between the two that captures fan satisfactory! It we’re judging on fan reactions for this match, there was no bigger fan reaction than seeing Austin win the championship on free TV. The way he stunnered Kane for that victory was some of the most brutal that I’ve ever seen from any stunners that Austin gave to his victims. Many say that it wasn’t fair that Kane only had his championship in less than 24 hours and they should have made that title-reign longer, but I doubt we’re ever going to see the same Kane from the 1990s because his mystique is completely gone. Nevertheless, this was some of my favorite moments in the WWF and each time I look back at it, it reminds me why I’m still a wrestling fan!

Number 9.  –  Bad Blood ’97:  The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell

This was the very first Hell in a Cell match in the WWF and it still is one of my favorite matches that the promotion has has delivered. At Bad Blood in 1997, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker faced off for the chance to battle Bret Hart at Survivor Series for the WWF Championship. Before we had that infamous screwjob in that Pay Per View, we were given a taste of what would the WWF be heading to in the Attitude Era. Undertaker was quick to bring the fight to Michaels during the beginning of the match with Michaels mostly unable to mount an offense of his own. Taker was so brutal and unforgiving that he even woke up from a Sweet Chin Music-Super Kick from Michaels and brought the match outside of the cage. At one point in the match, both men were fighting on top of the cell and Michaels was knocked off. With Michaels dangling helplessly, Taker stomped on his fingers forcing him to let go and fall through the spanish announce table. To my surprise, he fell off from the cage to the table a year earlier than the Mankind incident in King of the Ring ’98 in the same match-type from the same opponent. Some of you are wondering why I didn’t put the Mankind vs. Undertaker match in the list of the greatest matches of the 1990s. Well, I have full respect to that historic event, but the match was too real and when there’s no wrestling going on, it simply tested my patients.

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The match between Michaels and Taker was so much better and more real than that other Hell in a Cell match. In fact, this match was so damn real that when Shawn Michaels was dripping blood from the top of the cage, the camera man who was below them had Michaels’s drops of blood landing on him and he shouted “Ah shit!” Once the two made it back into the ring, Taker was ready to put Michaels away… until the debuting Kane hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver, ultimately handing the win to Michaels. That debut of Kane was some of the most exciting, surprising, and epic debuts that any professional wrestler has ever had! It was the biggest turning point that I’ve ever see in in a wresting match but it was one hell of an impression! This still is the best Hell in a Cell match that I’ve ever seen and that’s all thanks to the non-stop action that kept going throughout!

Number 8.  –  Wrestle War 92: Sting Squadron  vs. The Dangerous Alliance  – War Games

We have the greatest faction vs. faction of all time and this was all thanks to the genius Paul Hayman (Paul E. Dangerously) who made this into a reality. We have Sting, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham to go up against  Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko, Rick Rude. All of these men have a huge history with each other. The War Games has always been WCW’s best gimmick matches where they take a large team against another team in a two-ring cage that makes a chaotic experience. Violence, brawls, and athleticism were all displayed perfectly in this very match.  One by one as the wrestlers got into the ring, kept the adrenaline with between these teams to be more fierce and violent at the point where it has became the best that WCW has ever had to offer. Not even the New World Order would dare to make a masterful match like this one. I never got bored watching this War Game. Hell it was crazy to see Madusa (valet for Dangerous Alliance) to go up the cage to give her teammate a weapon and Sting came chasing after her. When Sting finally came into the ring, it became the most electrifying moment of the match. All of these men have done almost every wrestling trick in the book, plus more like taking off the top rope ring because the hatred between these two teams were that intense. It is hands down the best WarGames match in existence, thanks in major part to the caliber of athlete who participated in the match. Over half the participants bled buckets in the match, featured great storyline and paid off the months long rivalry between The Alliance and their biggest rivals.

Number 7.  –  Hardcore Heaven ’99: Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn

For those wondering why this is the only ECW match that made it on the list it’s because some of the sloppy hardcore matches had great stories and the athletic matches get no story in them. That’s why Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn is a perfect balance between both and delivered some of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen. If someone told fans that Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn were each created with the other mind, it’d be hard to argue. Their fantastic chemistry led to a number of great matches for ECW including their bouts at Guilty as Charged 2001 and Living Dangerously 1999. It’s their match at Hardcore Heaven 1999 that is their masterwork. An incredible pace saw Lynn and Van Dam hit move after move, leg drops and avalanche bulldogs and just about everything in each man’s arsenal. The match featured more mat wrestling than one might expect, but plenty of the most furious flying moves as well. Their fight spilled to the outside; their fight hypnotized. There were most instances where it looks like they’ve botched, but they somehow kept going in delivering some of the best performances that the promotion has ever had! I was in complete awe when watching this match for the first time and wonder why WCW and WWF hasn’t had performers in their roster that could make matches and storytelling like this. This was all about being “The Whole F’ing Show” and they had to prove it, televised. What separates this from their other matches is how much drama they created near the end, how real their desperation felt and how drained it all left fans afterward.

Number 6.  –  Nitro 4/26/99:  Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page

This may shock a lot of people that this match sits on at the top of my list. This match for the WCW World Title and in my eyes the best television match ever aired on WCW programming and possibly one of the best matches in the whole Monday Night Wars. Sting and DDP put on an instant classic on this edition of Monday Nitro on April 26, 1999. The battle between two of the most popular WCW competitors of all time was a truly memorable moment among the chaos that was unraveling in the WCW front offices. But don’t think this was some technical classic. The match quickly degraded into an all-out brawl as DDP and The Stinger taunted each other and exchanged blows in the center of the ring to start the match. As the action spilled in and out of the ring, neither legendary grappler maintained an advantage in the contest. It was a thrilling back-and-forth war, but the true highlight of the contest was that there was no outside interference. Instead, two of WCW’s finest waged war in an effort to determine the champion. DDP was the heel champ and at this point in his career was in his prime. Sting on the other hand was past his prime yet still had what it took to put on a great World Title Match. The uninterrupted contest finally came to an end when Sting countered the Diamond Cutter into a Scorpion Death Drop to win his fifth WCW Title. We haven’t seen a crowd pop for the three count since Goldberg defeated Hollywood Hogan or Austin and his zamboni and it was magical to see such a roar happen at the end of the match. Sadly, Sting’s fifth World Title reign would not last long. He would lose it in a Four Corners Match 90 minutes later. Make it a point to watch this match. It was indeed one of Sting’s great, if not his greatest of matches.

Number 5.  –  Wrestlemania X:  Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon

This match was the first ladder match ever on WWE PPV and probably the best one ever as well. Shawn Michaels had been the Intercontinental Champion until he got suspended and had to forfeit the belt. Razor Ramon was the new Intercontinental Champion with Michaels out and when the Heartbreak Kid returned, their was dispute over who was the real champion. There was so many creative ways that they used the ladder against each other that left an imprint on both of their careers. HBK went out there and had a match with the ladder. For that time in wrestling, it was one of a kind and nothing we have ever seen before! The bumps these two were taking were amazing and had our eyes glued to the TV. No wrestling fan will ever forget the splash HBK took from off the ladder to Razor. That image will remain as one of the most important images in WWE history. The reason why is because this match made Shawn Michaels, Mr. WrestleMania and this really showed that he was ready for the main event! This was the first night he stole show and he never looked back after it! The Showstopper had arrived! They settled their differences in this ladder match at WrestleMania 10. Although Shawn Michaels put on one of his best performances ever, Razor Ramon won the match and became the undisputed Intercontinental Champion. Razor and Michaels had a second Ladder Match again in SummerSlam ’95 but it wasn’t as beautifully worked as their match at WrestleMania X.

Number 4.  –  Wrestlemania X: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart 

It has been debated which match was the best part of Wrestlemania X? Well since I’ve already mentioned the ladder match in the Number 5 pick, obviously I had have to go with Bret vs. Own as the best match of WMX. This is without a doubt the best opening match that I’ve ever seen! We’re talking about two brothers going at it one-on-one by delivering the best technical match you can possibly ask for!  On any other night, the classic between Bret “Hit Man” Hart and his brother Owen Hart would have been considered the match of the night. The Hart brothers put on a memorable clinic in their opening match of WrestleMania X. Owen had an early advantage and worked on Bret’s injured leg for much of the match, but Bret looked to have things going his way as the match progressed. Both brothers connected with a bulldog, piledriver, superplex, sharpshooters, and almost every wrestling move that I can imagine all put in here but nothing could keep each other down. You have to see this match to believe how much of a masterpiece of a match that they’ve created. Bret tried to send Owen into the corner with an Irish whip, but Owen countered and followed him in. Bret went for a victory roll, but Owen reversed into his own pinning combination and scored the major upset, but it still is today the best opening match in any PPV. We’ll never see Owen be a main eventer, but Bret unselfishly gave his brother a moment to remember, even despite the fact that he had a main event match on the same night. I mean it when this match is very good and it deserved to last as long as it needed to be because it was a fantastic feud between the two. It was all athleticism in wrestling at it’s purest and it should be watched if you want to get into the wrestling business. love this match and this holds up as the best match of Wrestlemania X! For the fact that we have Wrestlemania X matches in this Top 10 should show you why Wrestlemania X is one of the best wrestling shows of all time!

Number 3.  –  Wrestlemania 13:  Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

I will always say that the Wrestlemania 12 match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels is the most overrated match in wrestling history. It is the Titanic of wrestling, where no matter how hard you try to convince me that it’s the greatest, the reasons will always be irrelevant. Bret Hart has redeemed himself by putting on a much better wrestling match with his best rival Stone Cold Steve Austin.  Now if you want to talk bloody matches, here’s one for you. It would be on this night that Austin would truly become “Stone Cold” and begin his march to the top of the WWF. This match would be one much different than their Survivor Series battle. In the fact this was less of a wrestling match and more of a street fight.

Bret Hart came in as the face and Stone Cold was the heel, but after this match, which Bret Hart was declared the winner, their roles switched and made Stone Cold Steve Austin the star that he is today. This match was filled with the use of outside objects and Austin was cut open and bleeding from his head by the end of the match.

This match was certainly not Hart’s specialty, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the match. “The Hitman” was just as ruthless and cold as Austin on this night, eventually leading to the unforgettable Shapshooter that would leave “Stone Cold” unconscious and bloody in the middle of the ring.  Although Austin never said the words “I quit,” he passed out from the pain and loss of blood, so referee Ken Shamrock declared Hart the winner. Austin may not have won the match, but his performance made him the new top guy in the company. This match sparked the ‘Attitude Era’ and was the birth of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company.

Number 2.  –  Wrestlemania VIIMacho King Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior 

Many can say Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI was the best match of the early 90’s and many say that Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III is the best match of the 1980s, but I can easily say that this Wrestlemania match is better than both of those matches combined! Yes, I said it and I regret nothing! The stipulation was the loser of the match has to retire and the stakes were so much higher than anyone’s booking in a Wrestlemania. Warrior came in walking (not running) in the ring trying to save his energy because never was a wild man like him ever so serious about one match. The match started with each man posing for the crowd as Macho King gets booed and Warrior gets cheered. From then on, the match kept pacing itself effortlessly with great athleticism and amazing backfire of the ruse of Savage and Queen Sherri. Sherri’s involvement in the match was pure genius as it continues to bring heat on the king and queen. It was babyface vs heel at it’s finest as Macho did everything imaginable to take down the power of the Warrior. I never seen a match between two wrestlers to be so intense that it continues to bring chills down my spine because it combines physicality, athleticism, showmanship, and technicality all into one and it went non-stop. Sherri was definitely the most hated in the match because of interfering way too much in this match that made Warrior so desperate to knock her out.

Just a perfectly booked match with so many memorable moments throughout! I still can’t believe that Warrior kicked out of five top-rope elbow drops by Macho King and Macho kicking out of Warrior’s press slam-splash combo. I still couldn’t believe how unpredictable this match really was and it kept me wondering who was going to win this match. Nobody wants to retire when they’re still at their prime and both of these wrestlers showed their passion of this sport because of everything they’ve done in this very match. Warrior was about to leave the match because neither one of these men could give up this match but the excitement kept going non-stop. And then finally this match finally ends when Warrior applied three running shoulder blocks on Savage that took the wind out of him that left him out of victory.

But the story of this match doesn’t end there. The real drama, however, occurred after the match when Macho was attacked by his manager Sensational Sherri and then saved by his former manager and ex-girlfriend Miss Elizabeth. As the real life couple reconciled, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was some of the best babyface turn I’ve ever seen where even though the heel lost the match and his manager, he won everyone’s hearts by returning to his lover Miss Elizabeth. There is a clear reason why these two deserve my ranking of as the number 1 couple of professional wrestling! We’ve waited forever for these two to come back together and there was no perfect time to put these two back together than in Wrestlemania 7 that lead to the best on-screen wedding in wrestling at Summerslam 1991. No doubt, this is THE Best post-match moments of all time! This is a match that goes down as one of, if not, the best Wrestlemania match of ever because it went beyond anyone’s expectations and towards the end of the match, the loser is celebrated like the Rocky movie! It’s a moment that can never be replicated and it holds a special place in many of our hearts!

Number 1.  –  Royal Rumble Match 1992

Every year when the Royal Rumble comes around, a sense of nostalgia kicks in as wrestling fans remember Rumble moments from the past and relive them because they are what made the Rumble such an important match in the first place. In terms of the actual Royal Rumble match and which one was the best, the clear choice is 1992. While there were many others that can be considered great, Four words: Ric Flair, one hour, along with the greatest collection of wrestlers and spots ever in a singular match. Flair just came from WCW and WWF treated their best wrestler like a star. Though he only came out at number 3, at that point in time never was there a wrestler that stay in that ring as long as Ric has to the very end of the match. Part of what made the Royal Rumble 1992 so damn special is that it’s the ONLY Royal Rumble where the winner wins the vacated WWF Championship. For the fact that it still stands as the only Royal Rumble match for the WWF Championship makes the storytelling and the in-ring action even more exciting to watch.

If you look at the star power in the 1992 Royal Rumble, it can be argued that it was the most star studded Rumble ever. Here’s a listing at some of the names in the match that are already in the WWE Hall of Fame or likely will be one day: British Bulldog (#1), Ted Dibiase (#2), Ric Flair (#3), Shawn Michaels (#6), Tito Santana (#7), Texas Tornado (#9), Greg Valentine (#11), Nikolai Volkoff (#12), Big Boss Man (#13), Roddy Piper (#15), Jake Roberts (#16), Jim Duggan (#17), Jimmy Snuka (#19), The Undertaker (#20), Randy Savage (#21), Hulk Hogan (#26), Sgt. Slaughter (#28) and Sid Justice (#29) Those are 18 names. Of those names, if you picked out the top five all-time stars in the match you could go with Hogan, Flair, Michaels, Undertaker and Savage as one of the strongest groups of top five names in Royal Rumble history. That’s without mentioning a guy like Piper too. A key part of every Rumble is building up contenders to win. The fans watching at home have to believe most of the performers have a chance to win.

If the big names of the contestants in this Royal Rumble didn’t even excite you (hard to imagine anyone wouldn’t be half amused), you had the best commentary, best surprises, best spots, and some of the most surprising moments that occurred in this match. I mean for fuck sake, Hulk Hogan didn’t even win the match and that was certainly a highlight of the show. For an hour of a match, the excitement never stopped thanks to commentary job by Heenan, who was firmly in the corner of Ric Flair. He was known as an advisor to Flair and whenever he did commentary of Flair’s matches he made it no secret that he was going to support his friend no matter what anybody else thought. At one point he looked like he was going to have a heart attack and that’s part of him being a lovable heel. This is the match that truly showcased why Flair (thought his stay there was short-lived) was the Man for WWF fans who might not have realized it.

They really featured Flair as the guy to be the main guy in the match. That’s exactly what he was. Flair lasted the longest in the match by going 59:26 as the 3rd man in. He was responsible for the elimination of five men: British  Bulldog, Texas Tornado, Big Boss Man, Randy Savage and Sid Justice. Savage would be his opponent at WrestleMania 8 a couple of months later, so it was smart to have Flair eliminate him here. A lot of the guys attacked him when they got in the ring whether they were heel or face. It was as if he was the guy that had the target in his back because he came from the NWA/WCW and they didn’t want him to win the match. He did so many Flair flops and had so many moments where it looked like he was going to get eliminated. This was before the days where Shawn Michaels would skin the cat all the time and people would copy him. It was more basic moves to save himself, but Flair did everything he could to hang on. The final four in this match was the best choice of four wrestlers ever with Hogan, Savage, Sid, and Flair. Savage got eliminated, but what’s surprising of all is that Hogan didn’t win the match. The crowd popped the moment Sid threw Hogan over when Hulk tried to eliminate Ric Flair. And the moment Flair won, it was fan-pleasing moment when we all heard Bobby Heenan shout “YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! I told you Monsoon! I told you Monsoon!” Sure there have been better in-ring action and more well-told story lines in wrestling over the years, but no other match really had so much excitement. Hell, even the post-match interview with Flair was biblical! A lot of these feuds after the match carried on at Wrestlemania 8, but for this very match where everything was on the line, Flair showed everybody with his performance at the 1992 Royal Rumble that he truly is one of the greatest wrestlers ever. It was Flair at his absolute best. Woo!!!

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