I watched Wrestling growing up, was a fan of Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Tito Santana, Texas Tornado, Legion of Doom, Bret Hart, Big Boss Man, etc (guys who were faces for good portions of their career). Was a huge fan in the late 80's, early 90's. I saw WrestleMania 1-10, then sort of fell off for a little while. I started watching again in 1999, became a fan of Stone Cold, The Rock, D-Generation X, etc, saw Wrestlemania 15, 16 (WM 2000) & 17, to which I stopped watching shortly thereafter. Storylines just got blown way out of proportion...I mean, you had the nWo come to the WWE after McMahon's WCW purchase...they attack the Rock & then have a Mack truck continuously ram in to the ambulance Rock was put in. Just got too far fetched for me. The WWE had a more believable storyline in the early 90's with Ric Flair claiming he had a relationship with Ms. Elizabeth before Randy Savage did, or the match between the Mountie & the Big Boss Man at a Summerslam (i think) one year when the loser had to spend a night in jail...Obviously the loser didn't spend an actual night, but the point is, it was a story that could be believed. I remember being a child and always believing it was real, and even when I heard it was fake, I still believed it was real...The sport definitely changed from being more about matches to more about the events leading up to the match. I definitely agree that McMahon buying WCW sort of hurt him. People love competition, having choices. When you become the only option, you can decrease the quality of your product & still charge an arm & a leg. That's just my opinion, whereas to others, the "Attitude" era may be their preferred genre of wrestling storylines. Like I said, I enjoyed it in from 99-2001 or so, but it eventually got too stupid for my taste. Its funny someone posted a topic like this though. I have been watching some classic stuff via YouTube in the last few weeks...definitely makes me miss a part of my youth, but I don't think I could get back into the whole thing again...watching Raw or Smackdown religiously. Definitely was a good phase of my life, but just don't feel the same about it anymore.
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