10 Problems Nobody Wants To Admit About WWE Raw In The Attitude Era

Was it really as good as we remember?

WWE Raw is regularly slated nowadays, justifiably so in many instances. As ratings drop to lows not seen since 1997, many people are declaring it a critical and commercial crisis. There's a clamour from fans for WWE to take Raw back to the way it was in the Attitude Era. You can understand why fans think those days should come back. On paper, it was wildly successful. The collective audience between WCW and WWF was ten million at one point, whereas nowadays less than four million people are watching wrestling on Monday nights. Six million wrestling fans have just vanished. The WWF business accounts also showed that the Attitude Era Raw was successful, with WWE making record profits in 1999 and again in 2000. But the surface success of Raw in that period doesn't tell the full story. Underneath the numbers, the actual quality of Attitude Era Raw was often lacking. Ratings success back then had little to do with pro wrestling, as blood, sex and promos were the main order of the day. Fans now look back with rose tinted glasses, as if it was the golden period of professional wrestling. It wasn't. It was an era when 'pro wrestling' was relegated, while 'sports entertainment' came to the fore. The unbridled success of the entertainment aspect arguably in the long run hurt pro wrestling. Here are the ten problems nobody wants to admit about Attitude Era WWE Raw...
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