Between 1997 and 2002 professional wrestling’s Attitude Era broke boundaries in ways like never before with risqué programming, adult oriented content and larger than life superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Bret Hart, The Undertaker and Sean Michaels.
Throw in the Monday night ratings war between the WWF and the WCW and it was the perfect storm of wrestling greatness.
WWF’s Monday Night Raw and the WCW’s Monday Nitro aired each week at the same time forcing fans to choose between the two. On June 17, 1996, Monday Nitro won the battle of the Monday night ratings for the first time. And It would go on to win the ratings war for the next 84 weeks in a row.
It would take WCW two years to claw its way back to the top thanks to the outrageous programming of the Attitude Era.
On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Attitude Era as we try to understand why fans can’t get enough of 90s wrestling.
Kevin Michie, Senior Broadcast & Content Associate, Anchor, Sportsnet.ca Contributor