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I think Wrestlemania 15 may have very well been the peak of the Attitude Era for the WWF. Wrestling was incredibly hot at the time, but because of the competition with WCW I feel like the product may have been damaged in the long term. What? How can I say such a thing, let me explain...
Obviously the big story out of 15 was Stone Cold Steve Austin regaining the WWF title from the Rock. Rock and Mankind has ping pongee the title back and forth in the months leading up to Mania. Rock won the belt at Survivor Series. The title changed hands four times before his defense against Austin. That in my opinion hurt the value of the title and showed fans that it was more of a prop than a prestigious award for being the best in the business. The title would change hands 7 more times that year after Austin won it at Mania, including a run with Mr. McMahon as champion and a one day title reign for Mick Foley.
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Six of the ten matches at Wrestlemania 15 were title matches, and only the world title changed hands that night. The atmosphere that night was chaotic to say the least, and I remember actually thriving on that unpredictably as a fan. It was what made Raw fun. I know this post is somewhat negative toward the Attitude Era in general, but I do believe that the events 13 years ago have had a negative impact on the business today. I also felt like the main event of Austin vs. the Rock was more about Austin's feud with McMahon than anything else. Remember, I'm an old school fan. I loved the long title runs for guys and a healthy diet of top contenders. But no matter what era of wrestling, I have been and always will be a fan of it.
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