WWE: A Ranking of Historical Eras (2023)

WWE: A Ranking of Historical Eras

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    The WWE's roots go back to the 1940s when Vincent Kennedy McMahon's grandfather Jess McMahon began promoting shows in the northeastern region of the United States. He eventually formed Capitol Wrestling Corporation in 1952, which would later become the WWE.

    Throughout the WWE's history there have been ups and downs, good times and bad times but today it reigns as the global king of professional wrestling and its promotion.

    The WWE can easily be broken up into eras, with some lasting a couple of years while others lasted longer. This is a list to rank the eras based on my own subjective opinions.

    On with the list.

Honorable Mention: Reality Era

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    Date: 17th July 2011 -

    World Champions: John Cena, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, Christian, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan

    Other Stars: Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, R-Truth, Sheamus, Santino Marella, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho, The Big Show, Kane, Zack Ryder, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, Evan Bourne, Epico, Primo

    I'm not really sure yet if I would I call this a distinct era, as there are still a lot similarities with the PG era.

    Things have changed though; we don't see Randy Orton and John Cena on top anymore (world championship-wise, anyway). The content has gotten a little edgier with the likes of Rock and Cena and we have seen better story lines.

    But aside from that, we still have the same theme music for the shows and titantrons which should change with a new era.

    We still have the mediocre commentating we saw throughout the PG era as well as the awful Tag Team and Diva's divisions.

    We've also seen the rise and fall of the Twitter fiasco in the last couple of months.

    I think I'll give it a year before I truly recognize it as an era.

8. Capitol Wrestling Era

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    Date: 1952 - 24th January 1963

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    World Champions: Lou Thez, Whipper Billy Watson, Dick Hutton, Pat O'Connor, Buddy Rogers, Gene Kiniski

    As the CWC was an NWA territory at the time, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was defended there.

    Other Stars: Bruno Sammartino, Eddie Graham, Johnny Valentine, Gorilla Monsoon, Jerry Graham, Killer Kowalski, Bobo Brazil

    This era is ranked at the bottom because I can't find a lot of information about it, wrestling-wise. It was formed in 1952 after Jess McMahon had been promoting in the northeast area for years. His son Vince J. McMahon took over shortly after following the death of Jess.

    During the 1950s the CWC was one of the NWA's main territories and in later years actually held most of the booking of the World Championship.

    Controversy arose when McMahon and his partner Toots Month wanted to put the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on Buddy Rogers who was a showman rather than the traditional wrestler who usually wore the belt.

    Rogers did eventually win the belt, but following a loss to Lous Thez CWC withdrew from the NWA, bringing Rogers and others with them.

7. New Generation Era

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    Date: August 1994 - 9th November 1997

    World Champions: Yokozuna, Bret Hart, Bob Backlund, Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid, The Undertaker

    Other Stars: Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Razor Ramon, Triple H, 1-2-3 Kid, Jeff Jarrett, Goldust, Lex Luger, Tatanka, The Steiner Brothers, The Rock, Davey Boy Smith, Vader

    It's such a shame that arguably two of the greatest in-ring performers in WWE history were top guys in one of the company's worst periods.

    This era followed the Hulkamania era and following the steroid trial in the early 1990s the WWF decided to focus the company on smaller, more technically sound wrestlers.

    A couple of factors hurt the WWF during this period, number one being the growth of WCW. WCW had taken many of the top guys from the WWF and were showing more realistic and edgy programming compared to the cartoon-themed WWF.

    Another problem was that the undercard was often way too weak. Most Royal Rumbles had a lot of guys who weren't even signed with the company which showed how thin the roster was.

    On the bright side, we were given some great matches like Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania XIII, Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII and Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X.

6. PG Era

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    Date: July 2008 -

    World Champions: Triple H, CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Batista, John Cena, Edge, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, The Undertaker, Sheamus, Jack Swagger, Rey Mysterio, Kane, The Miz, Christian, Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan

    Other Stars: Kofi Kingston, Santino Marella, JBL, John Morrison, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Ted DiBiase, Evan Bourne

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    Yes, the era everybody loves—loves to hate, that is.

    The PG Era came around because of the aftermath of the Chris Benoit double murder suicide and several superstars getting caught buying performance-enhancing drugs. It was also a ploy to win Linda McMahon more votes in her senate campaign.

    This era has got nothing but criticism from the mostly male 18-35 year old fan base who grew up on the 1997-2007 era of the WWE, when it was rated TV-14. With the PG Era came the end of blood, swearing and sexual material.

    We also saw (well we didn't see but we knew of) the Hollywood and Soap Opera writers brought in to write scripts for Raw and Smackdown which has lead to the mediocre babyface promos from guys like John Morrison and Kofi Kingston.

    For most of the last four years John Cena and Randy Orton have been on top of the company and usually they've been involved in the title picture, although both men have stepped away from the title picture for the last six months.

    One of WWE's boldest moves was to eliminate the word wrestling from the company as well as other wrestling terms. I think they've realized their mistakes in recent months though as we've see John Cena, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Chris Jericho use it a lot.

    In my humble opinion I don't think the WWE truly realized what they were doing during this era until late 2010. 2009 had to be the worst year since 1994 or 1995.

    We have seen improvements in the last year and as I mentioned before, a lot of people think we are now in a new era. I'm not fully convinced.

5. WCW Era

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    Date:26th March2001 - 14th March 2004

    World Champions:Steve Austin, Booker T, The Rock, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Triple H, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, The Big Show, Goldberg, Eddie Guerrero

    Other Stars:Chris Benoit, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Christian, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton, Batista, Ric Flair, Scott Steiner, Test, Kevin Nash, Jeff Hardy, Kane, William Regal, Rhyno, John Cena, Dudley Boyz, Worlds Greatest Tag Team

    Hear me out before you rant about this being the Ruthless Aggression Era. When Vince McMahon said he wanted to see some Ruthless Aggression, he wanted to see some young guys come in and make an impact. In this time period, other than Lesnar who did?

    Throughout the three years the WWE tried and failed to recreate WCW. They tried the nWo, they brought back Hogan, Steiner, Nash and Goldberg with each guy failing, they brought back The Great American Bash, and don't forget the InVasion storyline (I almost did).

    There were even rumours about Sting and Lex Luger coming in and Smackdown being renamed Nitro. They settled on renaming John Hennigan to Johnny Nitro.

    Besides WCW guys, the other top guys were Kurt Angle, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. We also saw the debut of some future stars in John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista.

4. Ruthless Agression Era

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    Date: 14th March 2004 - July 2008

    World Champions: Eddie Guerrero, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, John Cena, Edge, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton, Triple H, Chris Benoit, Batista, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, King Booker, The Undertaker, The Great Khali

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    Other Stars: Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, Ric Flair, John Morrison, Jeff Hardy, Umaga, Santino Marella, Chris Masters, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Bobby Lashley, Finlay, Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Matt Hardy, Christian, Dudley Boyz, Billy Kidman, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, The Miz, Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane

    This was the era where the young guys broke through the glass ceiling.

    Ohio Valley Wrestling for most of the 2000s was WWE's development territory where they developed young wrestlers with hopes that they would become stars. The mid-2000s were when they all came into the WWE and became major players.

    Cena, Orton, Batista, Benjamin, Carlito, Morrison, Umaga, Marella, Masters, Punk, Lashley, Kennedy, London and Kendrick all honed their skills down there and would go on to become important players in the WWE.

    Of course they still relied on guys from the early 2000's like Triple H, Edge, The Hardys, Christian, Jericho, Guerrero etc. They all gelled well together.

    For me, this is my favourite era as I was a teenager and understood it more than when I was a kid during the Attitude Era.

3. Madison Square Garden Era

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    Date: January 1963 − 23 January 1984

    World Champions: Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Ivan Koloff, Pedro Morales, Stan Stasiak, Billy Graham, Bob Backlund, The Iron Sheik

    Other Stars: Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, Gorilla Monsoon, Andre the Giant, Killer Kowalksi, Stan Stasiak, Pat Patterson, Ken Patera, Don Muraco, Tito Santana, Greg Valentine, Dusty Rhodes, Luke Graham, Chief Jay Strongbow, Mr. Fuji, Professor Tanaka, Haystacks Calhoun, The Blackjacks, Larry Zbyszko, The Wild Samoans, Tony Atlas, Rocky Johnson, Pete Maivia, Freddie Blassie

    I have to respect the longest-reigning WWE Champion and put this era high up on the list.

    This was when the WWE was still being promoted under the old territorial system so all of their shows were in the Northeastern states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    Most of their big shows were either in the Shea Stadium or more frequently Madison Square Garden, where Bruno Sammartino, Billy Graham and Bob Backlund sold out almost every night.

    The early years of the WWE were different times where only babyface World Champions were allowed long reigns, any heel champions only held on to the belt for no more than a few months before dropping it to the next babyface.

    This was the case for the passing of the torch onto a new superstar and new era when The Iron Sheik beat Bob Backlund for the WWE Championship in December 1983 before dropping it a month later to Hulk Hogan.

2. Rock 'n' Wrestling Era

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    Date: 23 January 1984 - August 1993

    World Champions: Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Yokozuna

    Other Stars: Shawn Michaels, Mart Jannetty, Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts, Honky Tonk Man, Mr. Perfect, Ricky Steamboat, Tito Santana, Rick Rude, Davey Boy Smith, The Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, Demolition, Razor Ramon, Legion of Doom

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    This was the first boom period in professional wrestling.

    Hulk Hogan had gained a lot of mainstream popularity due to his role in Rocky III and was a star in the AWA, but because he was more of a showman than a wrestler, they wouldn't put the world title on him.

    Vince McMahon capitalized on what Verne Gagne couldn't and brought Hogan in to be the star of the WWE for years. Hogan had a polarizing look and endless charisma that would make wrestling mainstream.

    Celebrities were brought in for WrestleMania I to go along with the Rock 'n' Wrestling name and without them we probably wouldn't have WrestleMania today.

    Along with Hogan they also had stars like Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Roddy Piper and Ted DiBiase.

    Hogan's ego had spiraled out of control by the early 1990's and he began to take breaks from the WWE, but when he was there he was always in the title hunt and if he wasn't he was still in the most-promoted feud. Fans began to grow tired of Hogan's act, much like John Cena today.

    Hogan left the WWE in the summer of 1993, spelling the end of the Rock 'n' Wrestling Era.

1. Attitude Era

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    Date: 9th November 1997 − 26th March 2001

    World Champions: Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Kane, The Rock, Mankind, The Undertaker, Vince McMahon, The Big Show, Kurt Angle

    Other Stars: Ken Shamrock, Val Venis, Road Dogg, Goldust, The Godfather, Jeff Jarrett, Edge, Christian, D'Lo Brown, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Rikishi, Eddie Guerrero, Billy Gunn, The Hardyz, The Dudleyz, X-Pac, Big Boss Man, APA

    The WWE had never before and has never since seen anything like the Attitude Era.

    During the mid-1990's, WCW began gaining popularity due to their new edgy product, and the WWE had to do something. They decided to step away from the cartoon-oriented product and put out something that was a mix between WCW and ECW.

    They also decided to get behind Steve Austin who spent years as a mid-carder in WCW before coming to the WWE. When Bret Hart left for WCW in late 1997 it was time to get fully behind Austin and he won the Royal Rumble.

    He was WWE Champion within five months.

    The Attitude Era set records for TV ratings and PPV buys. Superstars like Steve Austin, The Rock and DX set merchandise sales records.

    The WWE was so popular that they put their competition WCW and ECW out of business and ended up buying WCW in March of 2001, marking the end of the Attitude Era.

    Those four years hold a special place in my heart as it was when I got into wrestling as a kid and I'm among the majority that think it was the best time for the WWE.


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    With the WWE being around 60 years old it would be impossible for everyone to agree with this list. Those who grew up in the 1980s probably think those were the better years, the same with those who grew up in the 1990s.

    Leave you comments below, if you have any opinion on the matter.


WWE: A Ranking of Historical Eras? ›

Millions of viewers tune into Raw and SmackDown every week, I see John Cena T-shirts everywhere, and Vince McMahon is raking in millions upon millions of dollars. But just about every wrestling fan can see that the WWE and pro wrestling as a whole aren't nearly as popular as they were 10, 15 or 20 years ago.

What was the best era in WWE history? ›

WWE: 10 best years in company history
  1. 2000. Triple H.
  2. 1998. WWE followed up on its promising 1997 with an even better year as they caught up with WCW in the ratings war and soon began beating them. ...
  3. 1997. Stone Cold Steve Austin. ...
  4. 1985. The year in which wrestling and WWE went mainstream. ...
  5. 2005. John Cena Batista. ...
  6. 2002. ...
  7. 1989. ...
  8. 1999. ...
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Is WWE as popular as it used to be? ›

Millions of viewers tune into Raw and SmackDown every week, I see John Cena T-shirts everywhere, and Vince McMahon is raking in millions upon millions of dollars. But just about every wrestling fan can see that the WWE and pro wrestling as a whole aren't nearly as popular as they were 10, 15 or 20 years ago.

What was the peak popularity of WWE? ›

WrestleMania III, with a reported record attendance of 93,173 people, is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the period. The episode of The Main Event I is the highest rated professional wrestling television show to date, with a 15.2 rating and 33 million viewers.

What era is the WWE in? ›

Many sources continue to describe WWE as still being in the PG Era because most of their content is still rated TV-PG.

When was WWE peak? ›

1999. The WWF had turned the corner on their ratings against WCW, and the head to head ratings war between RAW and Nitro brought out the best in both companies. Professional wrestling had gained significant mainstream popularity with surprising and compelling storytelling.

What year does WWE get good? ›

There was never a better time to be a pro wrestling fan than during the period from 1996-2002, when WWE was in the midst of its legendary Attitude Era. TV ratings were at an all-time high, it was cool to be a fan and you could find a good wrestling product on TV just about any time you wanted to.

Why is wrestling no longer popular? ›

Wrestling is no longer popular like it used to be because in the past the WWE (which was called the WWF back then) lost their already established wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to WCW in the mid 90s so the WWF had to create new stars out of Stone Cold, The Rock and Triple H to replace them ...

Is WWE bigger than NFL? ›

WWE Has more subscribers than NBA, FIFA, NFL, and NHL : r/WWE.

Will WWE ever go back to the Attitude Era? ›

After nearly 15 years of more family friendly TV-PG rated content, reports say that WWE is on the verge of changing Raw and SmackDown back to the TV-14 rating they carried during the Attitude Era. This has naturally excited some lapsed fans, but for several reasons, the Attitude Era truly coming back is unlikely.

Where is WWE most popular in the world? ›

With 386 million unique TV viewers each year, India—where WWE has been present for 25 years—is the company's largest market outside of the US in terms of its fan base.

Is The Rock the most popular wrestler of all time? ›

WWE legend The Rock finally names the three greatest superstars in the history of professional wrestling. Whether you think The Rock is the greatest wrestler of all-time or not, there is no denying at this point that he is the most famous and successful.

Was The Rock popular WWE? ›

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, he was integral to the development and success of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) during the Attitude Era, an industry boom period in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

What was WWE end of an era? ›

The End Of An Era is an episode of The Undertaker vs. Triple H which is a part of the WWE Network Collections.

When did WWE Golden Era end? ›

Golden Era (1982–1993)

Who was the face of the PG era? ›

#1 – "The Face of WWE's PG Era" - John Cena

You can't have a PG Era list without mentioning John Cena. Cena is the posterchild of a generation and will forever be attached to this era of television, much like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was to the Attitude Era.

When was WWE tough enough? ›

Nidia was released from WWE on November 3, 2004, while Maven was released on July 5, 2005. The first season of Tough Enough was released on DVD in 2002, along with its soundtrack.
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14"The Beginning"September 27, 2001
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Why was 1995 the worst year for WWE? ›

In his full year as champion, house show attendance averaged less than 3,000, bottoming out 1,940 per show in September 1995. Not only live attendance was down, ratings were down, PPV buys were down, and merchandise sales were down. Nothing was working and Vince was in a constant state of panic.

Why did WWE Attitude Era end? ›

Why did this decline take place? The simplest answer is that WWE made a single, catastrophic blunder that led to the company rapidly losing popularity. No, that blunder was not botching the invasion angle of WCW and ECW wrestlers, but rather the decision in the main event of WrestleMania X-7 to turn Steve Austin heel.

Why the Attitude Era was bad? ›

The worst thing about the Attitude Era was the company's treatment of women. They were placed in specific segments, and when it came time for them to wrestle, WWE didn't present them as serious competitors. Many nights, whether on Raw or SmackDown, or even PPV, the card didn't feature a women's match.

When did the Attitude Era end? ›

The Attitude Era was a period in which the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) used the term "WWF Attitude" to describe its programming from November 9, 1997 to May 6, 2002.

Why is it called Attitude Era? ›

The Attitude Era is WWE version of ECW just without F Bombs and the main reason why it's call the attitude era because the WWE wants to change it's personality to match with WCW during The Monday Night Wars and around 1997 everything started to get edgy and gritter with more violence, sex and street gangs and new era ...

Is wrestling the world's hardest sport? ›

According to Sports Virsa, the top 10 hardest sports in the world to play in 2022 are as follows: Boxing (hardest), American football, mixed martial arts, ice hockey, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, wrestling, rugby, and water polo.

What is the biggest crowds in wrestling history? ›

The May Day Stadium hosted Collision in Korea, a two-day supercard co-promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling, from April 28–29, 1995. With a combined crowd of 320,000, it is the highest attended wrestling event of all-time.

What is America's most like wrestling? ›

America's Most Liked Wrestling is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

What is the #1 sport in America? ›

American football takes the crown when it comes to popularity, and this is the most-watched sport in the US.

Who has the biggest title in WWE? ›

Most total reigns
No.ChampionNo. of Reigns
1Ric Flair16
John Cena
3Triple H14
Randy Orton
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Is the strongest wrestler in WWE? ›

Mark Henry is known as The World's strongest man in WWE. He is an ex- Olympic weightlifter who broke many records in weightlifting and powerlifting.

Will WWE ever bring back blood? ›

But in 2023, responsibility and safety is paramount. Even if WWE decides to revert back to TV-14 programming in the future, fans shouldn't expect to see blood in matches ever again.

Is WWE PG Era over? ›

Disappointing news for fans of the WWE Attitude Era with the company no longer planning to put an end to the PG Era. Last month, it was reported that the wrestling company was planning on upping its classification from TV-PG to TV-14.

Will WWE ever not be PG? ›

WWE's television product is expected to remain TV-PG for the "foreseeable future," despite previous reports of the company returning to TV-14. Sorry, Attitude Era fans -- WWE's PG-rated product isn't going anywhere for the time being.

Where does WWE make the most money? ›

Most of the WWE revenue still comes from media rights, with live events contributing $23.8 million during the latest quarter, up from a year-earlier $20.1 million, while consumer products came to $21.8 million, down from a year-earlier $32.6 million.

What is the most attended WrestleMania? ›

The most attended WrestleMania events ever

The most attended event ever was WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas, which drew 101,763 spectators. Just behind this is WrestleMania III in Pontiac, Michigan, which drew an unbelievable 93,173 spectators. For comparison, the city of Pontiac has a population of 61,606.

Who is the richest pro wrestler? ›

Following Vince McMahon's retirement, the new Chairwoman and Co-CEO, Stephanie McMahon, has become the richest person in WWE. According to Celebrity Net Worth, The Billion Dollar Princess has a net worth of $150 million.

Who is the No 1 wrestler in history? ›

1. The Undertaker. The workhorse of the WWE and widely regarded as the greatest wrestler ever produced by the company, The Undertaker has been under contract for the company since the 1990s.

Who was bigger The Rock or Stone Cold? ›

The Rock is the biggest star in the history of WWE – even above Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan.

Who is the greatest sports entertainer of all time? ›

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  2. 2 Shawn Michaels. ...
  3. 3 The Rock. ...
  4. 4 Kurt Angle. ...
  5. 5 Hulk Hogan. ...
  6. 6 Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. ...
  7. 7 The Undertaker. ...
  8. 8 Dusty Rhodes. ...
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Is The Rock bigger now than when he was in WWE? ›

When The Rock made his return to compete again in WWE, he returned with his Hollywood size. At this point, he was far bigger than he'd ever been at any stage across his wrestling career, with the difference from this version of him to his first run being clear to see.

Where does The Rock rank? ›

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the top-earning actor on Forbes' list of highest-paid entertainers in 2022, coming in at number four with an estimated annual salary of $270 million.

Is The Rock the best WWE fighter? ›

So in the end, when we look at who the greatest of all time are, we have to take into account which category they fall into. The Rock will always be one of, if not the, best sports entertainers who ever walked into a ring, but in the world of technical wrestling he does not even crack the top 10.

Did John Cena ever fight The Rock? ›

The Rock returned to his rightful place atop the WWE with a resounding victory over John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII on Sunday night in Miami, turning a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity into a second chance at superstardom.

When was the last time WWE had a strap match? ›

Strap Match

This hasn't happened in WWE since Sheamus defeated Mark Henry at Extreme Rules 2013, although a variation of the concept was done at Extreme Rules 2015. That was a Russian Chain match for the United States Championship, which saw Cena retain the title over Rusev.

When did the WWE almost go out of business? ›

The Monday Night War was a time in wrestling where WWE almost lost and went out of business. But WCW made key mistakes and is why they lost. The Monday Night War between WWE and WCW in the 1990s was arguably the best period in wrestling.

What legend was undefeated in WWE for nearly 15 years? ›

Andre the Giant was billed as being undefeated for nearly 15 years.

Will WWE bring back the big gold belt? ›

WWE considered bringing back a popular championship belt in 2022. According to BeltFanDan, the Big Gold belt that was used as the World Heavyweight Championship in WCW and WWE was pitched as a replacement for the Universal Title in early 2022 but WWE ultimately didn't press ahead with the pitch.

What is the reality era WWE? ›

The Reality Era was a period of professional wrestling within World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which spanned from early 2014 to April 30, 2016. Reality Era. The logo used by WWE throughout the Reality Era. Promotion. WWE.

Will WWE ever go back to TV-14? ›

In a new report, PWInsider's Mike Johnson has reported that “there are no current plans to change the company's TV ratings for their weekly series.” Johnson noted that there was “smoke to the fire” about the TV-14 possibility meaning it was being considered, but that's no longer the case.

What is the ruthless aggression era? ›

For the years 2002-2008, WWE will be remembered for the Ruthless Aggression Era. An era that came around when WCW closed down doors for good, stars of the Attitude Era, like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin left, and the WWF was forced to re-brand itself to WWE after losing a lawsuit to the World Wildlife Fund.

What year was the best attitude era in WWE? ›

2000: Arguably the Attitude Era's best year. It was out with the old and in with the new as various new, up and coming talents quickly climb the ladder to superstardom such as The Hardyz, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, The Dudleyz, Rikishi, Lita, Kurt Angle, Too Cool, Chris Benoit, Edge & Christian, APA, Tazz, etc.

Who has the greatest debut in WWE history? ›

15 WWE Debuts Fans Will Never Forget
  • Adam Cole. WWE. After being kicked out of Bullet Club, and poisoned on "Being the Elite," many fans wondered when Adam Cole would make his next move. ...
  • AJ Styles. WWE. ...
  • Brock Lesnar. WWE. ...
  • Kane. WWE. ...
  • Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE. ...
  • The Undertaker. WWE. ...
  • Chris Jericho. WWE. ...
  • Ronda Rousey. WWE.
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Who is WWE Attitude King? ›

Stone Cold Steve Austin was the Attitude Era icon WWE needed in war with WCW.

Who is the top 1 wrestler of all time? ›

The List: Top 5 Best Pro Wrestlers of All Time, According to Sports and Entertainment Reviews
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin. There was one name that routinely came up in the top spot across lists of the best pro wrestlers of all time – Stone Cold Steve Austin. ...
  • Ric Flair. ...
  • Shawn Michaels. ...
  • The Undertaker. ...
  • Hulk Hogan.
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Who had the best rookie year in WWE history? ›

Kurt Angle by far had the greatest rookie year in the history of the WWE. After winning Olympic Gold in 1996, Angle decided to conquer the professional wrestling world in 1999. Angle would make his anticipate debut at the Survivor Series 1999.

Which WWE event had the most fans? ›

The current all-time attendance record for WWE is held by WWE WrestleMania 32, drawing a crowd of 101,763 fans inside the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Why did WWE get rid of the Attitude Era? ›

Why did this decline take place? The simplest answer is that WWE made a single, catastrophic blunder that led to the company rapidly losing popularity. No, that blunder was not botching the invasion angle of WCW and ECW wrestlers, but rather the decision in the main event of WrestleMania X-7 to turn Steve Austin heel.

Will WWE go back to Attitude Era? ›

After nearly 15 years of more family friendly TV-PG rated content, reports say that WWE is on the verge of changing Raw and SmackDown back to the TV-14 rating they carried during the Attitude Era. This has naturally excited some lapsed fans, but for several reasons, the Attitude Era truly coming back is unlikely.

Which wrestlers never defeated Roman Reigns? ›

Never beaten Roman Reigns: Randy Orton. Randy Orton has feuded with Reigns several times since The Shield made their debut. However, he has always been on the losing end of the match.

Which WWE star has the most losses? ›

Seth Rollins wrestled 120 matches in 2022, including premium live events, house shows, and television shows. Out of the 120 bouts, he lost 74, which drew him a 61.7% chance of defeat. However, the stats also showcased why he was named Workhorse of the Year as part of a fan vote via WWE on Fox's official Twitter.

Does AEW beat WWE? ›

AEW Dynamite defeated WWE NXT in the majority of head-to-head matchups during the Wednesday Night Wars from 2019 to 2021, while AEW Rampage outpaced SmackDown on FS1 during their 30 minute head-to-head battle in the Friday Night War.


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