10 Things WWE Mean By The "Reality Era"

The Reality Era is here. The transition from the Entertainment Era has been coming for some time now, but was formally recognised over WrestleMania 30 weekend when WWE overhauled their product in the most dramatic way imaginable. This feature will examine what WWE's new Reality Era entails, the differences in product and what we can expect going forward. The different era's of WWE stretch back to the company being acquired by Vince McMahon in 1984. In retrospect, this has been termed the Golden Era. As this developed through 1987 into 1992 it was also affectionately known as the Cartoon Era, the over-the-top characters with all their colours and appeal to kids literally ended being turned into a cartoon show at one point. Following the steroid scandal, the WWF headed into the 'New Generation' from 1994 to 1996. Having got rid of all the artificial muscle enhancers, they struggled to draw money as audiences turned away from normal looking guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Things looked grim, business was way down ... and then the WWF found Attitude. The Attitude Era from 1997 to 2001 was defined by the likes of Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and other memorable superstars. Everything was grittier, sexier, more violent, more profane ... and everything ended up more successful as a result. What really driven the period was characters and storylines, particularly blue collar worker Steve Austin versus corporate crook WWF Chairman Vince McMahon. Business exploded to the point that even after the creative dipped and we entered the 'Entertainment Era' / PG period, pro-wrestling still remains a hotly popular form of entertainment. Now we find the 'reset' button hit again. Here's 10 things about the new 'Reality Era' we find ourselves in...
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