11 Legit Toughest WWE Wrestlers Of The Attitude Era
Stone Cold the toughest S.O.B? No.
The legit tough guys in WWE have always been able to command respect, and were traditionally the most powerful people in any wrestling locker room. It goes back to the early twentieth century, when top-tier wrestlers needed to "shoot" in addition to "working" matches. That need for shoot ability in the early days of pro wrestling was down to the real dangers of the sport. Fans thought pro wrestling was real, and tensions often boiled over. A heel needed to be prepared to fight back any attack that could come from the crowd. The wrestlers also needed to be legit tough in case their opponent tried to screw or shoot with them. By the late twentieth century, legit toughness was on the way out. Guys like Hulk Hogan had turned wrestling into a circus show, and fans knew it was all pre-determined entertainment. But internally, the respect for legit tough guys remained. There are several wrestlers in the Attitude Era who were legit tough and could have won real fights. The following are WWE and WCW's legit toughest guys, with credentials and stories that prove their hardman status. Stone Cold Steve Austin was actually nowhere being the toughest S.O.B in the world!