WWE Attitude Era DVD At Risk – PG Rated? WCW Nitro Vol. 2 Updates

September 26, 2012 by Mark D

The upcoming WWE Attitude Era DVD and Blu-ray has been brought into question by a Connecticut based newspaper (The Jornal Inquirer) given its release so soon after the upcoming U.S. Senate election, in which former WWE CEO Linda McMahon is a candidate.

The timing of the Attitude Era DVD set follows a recent move by WWE to remove risqué footage from YouTube and other video sharing sites. WWE cited the reason for the removal of the footage as an attempt to protect their corporate reputation from being mischaracterized as part of negative political agendas; following a montage of clips allegedly dating from 2002 to 2006 (notably a segment from Raw featuring H.L.A and 3 Minute Warning) on the video sharing website, Vimeo.  **It should be noted this period is outside of what most fans would consider to be the actual ‘attitude era’** .

The Journal Inquirer also states:

WWE’s senior vice president for marketing and communications, Brian Flinn, acknowledged that some of the Attitude Era’s “edgier content” has been rated TV-14 by network television distributors, but said “a majority” of the programming has been rated TV-PG.

 Under that rating, a program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children, and it may contain sexual situations, moderate violence, infrequent coarse language, and suggestive dialogue.

 The PG-14 rating covers programs that may contain “intensely” suggestive dialogue, “strong” coarse language, and “intense” sexual situations and violence.

Brian Flinn also went on to state that The Attitude Era would be rated as TV-PG and will reflect the company’s family values marketing of recent years.

**It should also be noted that Monday Night Raw was rated at TV-PG as late as December 1998, and Smackdown was rated PG from its debut on UPN through the ‘attitude era’ duration**.

The Attitude Era is still scheduled for release on November 20, but Brian Flinn’s comments suggest we are likely looking at a TV-PG release. That’s not confirmed, and we hope to have more updates on this situation going forward.

In some slightly more positive news, announced recently in the 2013 WWE DVD schedule; The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Vol. 2 set looks to be going into production. As confirmed by WrestlingINC.com, Diamond Dallas Page will be returning to host the February 2013 release and DDP will begin filming his segments next week. DDP himself also acknowledged that he will again be hosting on his Twitter earlier today.

WrestlingINC are also reporting that the DVD will focus on events during the 1997/98 period, and placing less focus on the dying days of Monday Nitro.

The latest WWE Studios release: Barricade, is released today exclusively in Wal-Mart stores. The set is released on both DVD and Blu-ray and is the first WWE Studios release not to feature a WWE Superstar. Below is the synopsis and trailer for the movie, which stars Eric McCormack.

After the death of his wife, a father takes his two small children to a secluded cabin in the mountains to escape and seek solace. However, when a freak winter storm cuts off all communications to the outside world, horrific events begin to occur.

We have also learned that a limited number of Edge: Ultimate Fan Edition DVD sets have again become available through Amazon for just $9.99! The set features the 2008 “Decade of Decadence” release along with a skull cap, collectable card and Edge coin. Quantities are limited, but you can pick one up, using this link.

Also thanks to WWEDVDNews reader, Jamie Gilbert; a number of WWF rarities and out of print DVDs have been listed on eBay at some great starting prices. Some of the titles listed include: No Mercy 2001, Survivor Series 2001, Backlash 2001, and WrestleMania 16. Check them out and place your bids by clicking here.

Finally, The Ultimate Warrior will be making a rare signing appearance for Big Time Wrestling in California. However, fans who plan on attending should remember not to bring your copy of The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, as apparently the Warrior will not sign the DVD, with no exceptions.

So unless you want to “FEEL THE WRATH OF THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR” (grunt, snort) it might be a good idea to bring along something else.

New WWE DVDs on Amazon.co.uk

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  1. KING OF KINGS says:

    Umm… if the Attitude Era dvd is not rated TV-14 then that means A LOT of stuff will not be included??? Ummm… NO that is going to blow BIG TIME!!! I think the Vol. 2 of Monday Night Wars will be pretty good… at least we don’t have to hear how the demise of WCW was ALL Vince’s fault??? It wasn’t at all really! Then Warrior… well then sucks for them, I think it would be awesome to see someone bring the dvd and him look at them like they’re stupid!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, at this point, this is a company with such great brand loyalty that we’ll never truly hear the voices of its fans. Instead, fans are so fiercely loyal to the company that as a way of showing their support they’ll always publicly praise every decision regardless of whether they agree with it or not. This is why people feel compelled to turn a blind eye to all of the facts concerning the Benoit situation and it’s also why there’s an anti-Attitude Era sentiment. Who cares about those types? They’ll buy what they’re told to buy.

    I guarantee that the Attitude Era DVD will be the best selling DVD in recent memory, so what does that tell you about these bashers or the strength in terms of numbers of the Attitude Era fans? What it tells me is that these people who support everything WWE don’t matter, so who cares what they say?

    • jasongoldsmith says:

      Lets use your attitude about it here and say why does it matter what the “attitude era” lovers think?
      everyone is entitled to an opinion and that is mine and I’m sure many others opinion too as to why we won’t buy the set–I will always say the “attitude era” was a little wrestling with a lot of nonsensical crap thrown in.
      as far as the haters being so loyal to WWE that they’ll buy what they’re told to buy–no not at all.
      I’m about as far from being a WWE supporter as there is–80s? give me crockett promotions or WCCW anytime over WWF 90s? give me WCW or ECW over WWF anytime currently? give me TNA or OVW over WWE anytime.

      • Anonymous says:

        When it comes to an Attitude Era DVD, of course it matters what an Attitude Era lover thinks. But, you’re right, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I’ll give you a lot of credit for having a mind of your own and not just going along with everything the company says or wants like so many on this site.

        Was the Attitude Era the greatest time for wrestling? That’s debateable though it clearly was the most successful. Was the Attitude Era better than right now? Of course it was. Look at PPV buyrates, cable ratings, house show attendance, overall interest, etc and there’s no way any rational person can make the claim that the industry or the company is better right now. To me, and speaking objectively with all of the above factors taken into account, the Attitude Era and just a little beyond it (1998 to 2006) was the WWFE at its finest and one of the greatest periods any company has strung together over the last 30 years.

        • jasongoldsmith says:

          it was a good era for wrestling as a whole as competition makes creativity but my whole point is the 80s created a better boom IMO and we had 5 national companies to choose from and memphis was doing great stuff too on a regional basis.
          it was good clean stuff that me and my brother never had to worry about our parents catching us watching and my kids and my nephew watch the 80s and current stuff with me and love them both.
          I want to see wrestling be something that kids can watch as they do love it–as for blood and saying “i’m going to whip his ass” and even the brian pillman pistol incident i dont mind that but i will not let a kid watch the other stuff that went with it–now when theyre an adult and if they want to see it fine–go for it but not until then.
          as for the set–my preference is that i wont buy it if it is a lot of promos but if its just 25-30 matches then great–austin vs mcmahon and foley vs taker was great and i might try it without kids around first and if people need all the junk to make wrestling worth watching im sorry–its a great sport to me just sticking to the basics.

    • AJ says:

      There are very few people on the internets who say very positive things about WWE. Read any dirt sheet or any website that gives viewer response. Most fans are never happy with what WWE does and can do right by them. In fact, I would say most people on here are negative on WWE things. I enjoy wrestling, so I try not to let the things I dislike make me bitter. If you’re so bitter and hate the product, why continue to watch? I don’t get that.
      I can’t wait for the Attitude DVD, but that era had as many flaws as the current era. Anybody remember when Mark Henry was the father of a hand or Val Venis got castrated or McMahon was the higher power. Also, if you make a list of WWE’s greatest matches, you’ll find more from any 4 year span in the last 10 years than the Attitude Era.

  3. Dave says:

    Not sure if this is a sign but noticed WWEDVD.com.au has the Attitude Era DVD/Blu-ray removed from their “coming soon” section. It was there few days ago.

  4. Chad says:

    WWF was PG until mid to late 1999

  5. Thomas Goodearl says:

    So because Linda McMahon decided to go into polictics WWE is PG, do its her fault 🙁

  6. Brad Attitude says:

    Barricade looks like a decent horror flick actually.

  7. Wow. Mention the name Chris Benoit and you get a reaction. Just to clarify, I was not defending WWE, I was just giving my opinion on the rise of the “PG” era. I don’t think Benoit should be stricken from the record, but I also don’t think that his matches should be on anything but anthologies. I think that there are definitely some people on here that post that think that WWE is end all be all. It’s a shame because those people are missing out on great wrestling that does not have a WWE logo.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed on both counts!

      Too many people on here do think the the WWE is the end all be all and are missing out on so much, from the ability to think for themselves to other great wrestling promotions, many of which are owned by the WWE.

      Benoit should appear on complete shows aired on Video on Demand as well as complete DVD/Blu-Ray anthologies. As Vince McMahon stated not too long ago, Benoit shouldn’t be stricken from the record.

  8. The PG era officially started on June 26, 2007 when Vince went on WWECW and apologized for the Benoit tribute the night before on Raw. They were being hit from all sides by the media and losing sponsors left and right. Media blamed steroids and concussions on the murders, so all the sudden, no chair shots to the head. WWE banned the piledriver after Owen broke Austin’s neck, during the “attitude” era so you can’t blame that on PG era. After The Benoit tragedy a lot of the spots were taken away because they needed to tone down the entire product to gain back sponsors and keep the government off their back, Stephanie McMahon actually had to go to Capitol Hill to testify about their wrestler’s health in and out of the ring. Their roster was very thin at the time and needed to preserve what talent they had. Also that is when the drug testing really took effect in WWE, though they claim to of had it in place for a long time, there were never any real repercussions until that time. I write all this because a lot of people seem to think that because of Linda’s campaign that all of the sudden the PG era took hold. If you want to blame anyone for a watered down version of WWE that people complain so loudly about, you should blame Chris Benoit. As for the attitude era DVD, I’m sure it will be fine because Austin, Rock, Foley, DX, and Undertaker will all be featured on the set, and lets face it, it was those guys who made the attitude era.

    • Dave says:

      Actually the smarks won’t blame Benoit at all…to them he can do no wrong…the excuse they come up with is “Benoit the wrestler is not the same as Benoit the real person”. That is probably the stupidest excuse someone comes up with.

      Another is “well, he had a brain of an 85 year old alzheimer’s patient”. Benoit must have been a really capable 85 old man since he clearly knew what he was doing, who to text, flying city to city, wrestling night after night, living with two days bodies in his home and making excuses saying his family had food poisoning, thus vomiting all night. Benoit was clearly an alert 85 year old man.

      Anyways, people just like to use the PG nonsense as a scapegoat because they don’t like the way product is today compared to 15 years ago…they think they can run WWE better than Vince McMahon.

      If WWE was unbearable for some, why do they continue to watch? and yet think they have a say and WWE should cater to the “man-child” audience.

      • JD says:

        You’re blaming a man-child audience? So are you saying that you’re a child and you get the product therefore don’t complain about it?

        If that’s the case, how can you be more qualified to talk about Benoit’s concussions than a team of legitimately qualified neurologists who actually diagnosed Benoit with a brain comparable to that of an 85-year-old Alzheimer’s victim? They did so based on real scientific facts in the form of brain scan X-rays that proved the deterioration of his brain. Furthermore, they never said that he wasn’t completely unable to function like a regular 40-year-old. They simply said that, at times, it’s entirely possible and even likely that his judgment and functional abilities were as clouded as that of an Alzheimer’s patient.

        Whether you like it or not, I think every rational person can at least agree on two things as relates to Benoit: (1) As a pro wrestler who routinely delivered a diving headbutt and took chair shots, his brain was under considerably greater risk of damage. (2) He was obviously not thinking clearly and acted out in a way that was not a part of his general demeanor. If it was, he would have killed before or at the very least exhibited behaviour that would have made him a threat far earlier.

        Should Benoit be included in special extra DVD matches? No. Should Benoit be included in complete shows on either Video on Demand or DVD/Blu-Ray sets? Yes. Anybody who doesn’t agree is simply not in agreement because they think that’s protecting the company. Think again! McMahon himself stated that Benoit SHOULDN’T BE ERASED and SHOULD BE INCLUDED in complete shows and anthologies. So before you accuse or criticize, read up and know your facts!

        • Vincenzzzzzo says:

          You call it “He was obviously not thinking clearly and acted out in a way that was not a part of his general demeanor”.

          I call it murder.

          • Anonymous says:

            It resulted in murder. It doesn’t change the fact that he wasn’t thinking clearly and suffering from a medically-proven brain impairment.

            In contrast, OJ Simpson was clearly in sound mind and is believed to have killed two people, yet no company is removing him from his movies nor removing references to him in NFL films or history. And, for those that don’t remember, the OJ Simpson event had a far greater and long-lasting impact on the world than anything Benoit ever did.

            Face it: The world isn’t black and white, but people who take the approach that Benoit is a murderer and should be removed are neglecting to look at all of the facts surrounding the case which is the only way to reach some sort of understanding of the subject. And, the only reason they refuse to do so is because they feel that as fans the company took some flack and therefore it’s their duty to stick up for the company by going along with whatever they say or do. Guess what? It’s 2012. No one in the media cares about Benoit anymore and they won’t fault WWE for using footage with him in it unless they tried to put out some kind of tribute to him (something they did the day the news first spread in spite of knowing that the circumstances were at the very least suspect). But, most of the fans that think he should be removed tend to be the type who go along with everything the company does anyway, so unless the company changes, it’s unlikely they’ll ever say he should be reinstated in the footage until the company decides to do it.

            With your line of black and white thinking, conception is the start of life and therefore an abortion, regardless of reason, is also murder. Right or wrong, and I’m not giving an opinion on that nor implying this is as important, we live in a world that doesn’t take that black and white approach and abortions are occuring. If so many people are able to broaden their minds enough to see a world that’s not black and white, how is it that a wrestling fan is indoctrinated by a company to the point of looking they can look at an incident and simply state “this is how it is and everything else doesn’t matter.” Do you people approach everything in life so cut and dry? Or, do you simply wait for the WWE stance on a given subject and embrace it without thinking?

          • Anonymous says:

            Benoit -Awesome

      • RabidHeat says:

        “Another is “well, he had a brain of an 85 year old alzheimer’s patient”. Benoit must have been a really capable 85 old man since he clearly knew what he was doing, who to text, flying city to city, wrestling night after night, living with two days bodies in his home and making excuses saying his family had food poisoning, thus vomiting all night. Benoit was clearly an alert 85 year old man. ”

        All behold Dave, somebody who knows NOTHING about Alzheimer’s, and thinks it must only work in the way he envisions it, in his tiny little mind. Pick up a book Dave; it’s a lot more complicated than you think. There are different strains of the condition. People with Alzheimer’s can function perfectly well in certain areas of their lives, while experiencing problems in others. And yes, sometimes those problems, when as yet undetected, can result in murder or suicide. Chris Benoit wasn’t the first, and he certainly won’t be the last. When tragedies like this happen, if it is proven that the person in question has the condition, the responsibility is placed on the illness, not on the person. It was a horrific tragedy, and Chris Benoit the person is usully only blamed by God-fearing bible-bashers who ignore the facts of medical science.

        Anyway, how did the Benoit debate break out on here when he wasn’t even a hallmark of the Attitude Era? Lol.

        • Brad Attitude says:

          Actually, Benoit’s debut in 2000 along with the other Radicalz was still part of the Attitude Era so Benoit was with the company for at least a year before that era truly ended. He may not have played a major part in it but he was still part of that era in its final year.

  9. Jonathan M says:

    Let just wait in see when we when the content comes out on the attitude era DVD. Don’t worry if it’s PG or not. The bottom line is i would buy because i am one of those hardcore WWE fans that experience the Era that was a better time for any one that was fan of WWE, WCW and ECW. I remember i used to record Raw every monday night because it was unpredictable, and out of control. Every body knows from our generation the 1990s were the best times being wrestling fan. But just for wrestling but, for music too, even with kids growing that were watching shows like the Power rangers, Vr troopers etc. That’s whats great the 90s even with WWE. So i going to go ahead buy it not matter what rating it is because i will always love WWE no matter how things are.

  10. nightmare says:

    And that why WWE is failing because of this PG crap era and I feel that Linda Doesn’t belong on the senate .

    • AJ says:

      If people really want to see blood and T&A look on the Internet. WWE’s woes aren’t from becoming PG, it’s just the Internet’s attack on WWE.

  11. Vincenzzzzzo says:

    I’m so sick of these political attacks against Linda McMahon and WWE. It’s entertainment. Simple. Did politicians tell Arnold Schwarzenegger he couldn’t be the Governor of California because he “killed” 50 people in the Terminator movies?

    Funny how these stupid politicians scold Linda McMahon for using HER OWN MONEY to run for a Senate seat, meanwhile all the other scum politicians are using MY TAX DOLLARS to fund their bogus campaigns, and sell me garbage BS lies.

    ….Anyway, really looking forward to the Attitude Era Blu-ray, in its purest form. The WCW Nitro DVD will probably be better than the first volume. i’m glad they’re making a 2nd volume for Nitro.

    • Dave says:

      The thing is WWE has ALWAYS been looked down upon by the media, government and the parents. Back in the attitude era sponsors wouldn’t even touch them….basically the whole family friendly image in mid-2008 was because of years of smearing and bad press.

      I don’t even think people know what PG actually means…for you idiots it means “PARENTAL GUIDANCE”. WWE chose to be family friendly, banning blood, tone down violence, and others. WWE wouldn’t have to do all that with a PG rating. Look at all tv shows with a PG rating like 24 for example.

      Also why should WWE push the envelop now like they did 15 years ago with their raunchy storylines and risk injury of their stars? just to please smarks on the internet?! There is no competition now, they’re no in financial danger like with their battle with WCW…there is no need for all that crap they did back then.

      There is a reason WWE is where its at today…Vince knows HIS business and how to revolve…bunch of fat ass kids ranting on youtube in their parent’s basement don’t have a clue how to run WWE. If smarks ran WWE they would go bankrupt.

  12. Hot Rod says:

    If they aren’t going to make the Attitude Era DVD/Blu-Ray “TV-14”, then they shouldn’t even bother producing it.

    I’d hate a watered down version.

  13. Charlie F says:

    I like the idea of Nitro not touching its dying days. I hope that they have a good amount of 95 and 96 in there aswell. There was a lot of good shit from that time.

  14. Harry Faversham says:

    For me the best stuff was in 1997-1998 and most of that should be fine. I think its stuff like the kiss my ass club they would worry about and that was much later when the shows started to lose steam and they started going places they shouldnt have for shock value. The bits they leave off will probably be the bits that did give the attitude era a bad name and had no place on being on the show in the first place; Mae Young etc. Might work out in a positive way, i.e. they leave off all the stupid shit that gave wrestling a bad name and we’ll be left with a cracking DVD and blu ray.

  15. RabidHeat says:

    People who defend WWE to the hilt about EVERYTHING (and there are quite a few on here), can say whatever they like, but I think it is logical to say that most of us would prefer the footage to be unedited. There’s nothing wrong with expecting as accurate as possible a representation of the time period.

    Having said that, I wonder whether some bleeping of swear words/blurring of middle fingers might actually HELP the set? Hear me out: if you have censoring, this will emphasise how outrageous and full of “Attitude” that period was – so Attitudinal that they even have to censor it today! Makes that time period look bad-ass.

    Just my opinion.

    • Anonymous says:

      Rabidheat is correct:
      1- There are WAY TOO MANY people on this site that who defend every single little thing that WWE does and seemingly have no mind to think on their own as far as what’s good/bad/right/wrong.
      2- I want to see this Attitude Era release (and all releases) presented in the same way it was during the time that it originally aired.

  16. Tony Kegger says:

    These are the same people who told GLADD that CM Punk would be leaving the WWE after July 17th, 2011 when the “you have a vagina” incident happened. They lie sometimes so maybe they lied about this.

  17. John Anderson says:

    As long as the set is still being released I don’t see an issue w/ this announcement. As far as segments go, I’m sure there would be a considerable amount of repeats, so, whatever censoring happens, won’t really affect my decision to buy the set. It seems like it’ll only be a slight polishing of some of the riskier elements, so, we probably aren’t going to see Val get his penis chopped off or Austin tied on a cross…meh! As far as matches go, I can’t see many or any changes at all, the worst that could happen is they remove any images w/ blood, which is annoying, but certainly not the worst possibility.

  18. mason says:

    wwedvdnews by at risk do you mean it might not get produced plz reply

    • Mark D says:

      It’s certainly wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility that the set might get postponed or even cancelled, at the moment however it’s still going ahead.

    • warresg says:

      maybe they will still give it to u. but only the mild contend that happen during the attitude era. sumthing u don’t want and will not get attack by politics. in short sum thing “G” that happen in that era

  19. RabidHeat says:

    Something tells me the set is going to be a match anthology, rather than segments/interviews. If so, most matches could be included unedited. It would still suck though because the defining moments of the era weren’t actually the matches.

  20. mommy says:

    remember PG was different in 1999, today’s PG is alot more tamer, in 99 we saw blood/cursing/middle finger/stripping divas

    come on guys, raw in 1999 as a PG program was way more edgy than todays PG, don’t even try to compare the two

    i mean not only is there no blood, but they banned moves like the punt/piledrivers, raw is barney and friends compared to what is was in 1999

    • HankHill says:

      They could still do all of that with a PG rating today. They just don’t because they want to be family friendly. The rating of the show has nothing to do with the modern product being garbage. The direction of the company and the writers, however, do.

    • AJ says:

      They didn’t ban the piledriver because of PG, they banned it because it’s not safe and they don’t want somebody breaking their neck or worse in front of millions on TV.

    • Mark D says:

      Vince McMahon himself admited during the latest conference call, that they have gone too far into the realm of “G” rather than PG.

  21. mommy says:

    i don’t think PG is the “doom” some say it is, wcw still put on a great product with a PG rating, as did raw in late 90s, so its not PG’s fault for todays product

    but is it 1 negative, and it would be a hell of alot better if rated tv-ma

  22. CRG says:

    I was actually hoping it’d be mature. I for one may not be a fan of austin but if we have to deal with the cuss words bleeped out and blurred signs and members in the crowd it’ll be annoying.The rage and extreme matches is what put attitude in the attitude era.

  23. indyfan says:

    I think people need to realize that WWE didn’t go PG they went rated “G” and called it PG

  24. Scott says:

    PG in film ratings, and PG in TV ratings are NOT the same thing (I’m going by American standards). And actually, TV-PG is much looser when it comes content. Even moreso when it involves programming not broadcast over public airwaves. Cable/Satelite TV isn’t public airwaves.

    The set should be fine.

  25. jasongoldsmith says:

    why do they even need to show all the middle fingers,cuss words,necrophilia,borderline pornography,devil worshipping,bare ass kissing,beer drinking,wife cheating,and women stripping anyway?
    i know WWE and Vinnie Mac want nothing to do with “rasslin” and be strictly entertainment but the wrestling business made it without all that crap long before the so-called “attitude era” and will make it into the future without it so they can keep all that stuff buried in the archives.

    • Paul says:

      But those are all things that helped make the Attitude Era what it was (among many other things that would be censored on excluded). If you’re going to do something DO IT RIGHT!

    • jasongoldsmith says:

      to each their own but I dont find much entertaining about the attitude era after the austin vs mcmahon feud and mankind vs undertaker and after that it wasnt to my liking.
      as far as the release they can make it x-rated because for me and im sure many others it was the worst era of the WWE history and I wont be spending my money for it.
      Now for the WCW nitro 1997-98 I will gladly spend my money for it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Middle fingers and cuss words should be censored. Necrophilia, devil worshipping and pornography doesn’t even need to be included because it’s not like it’s necessary to include it in a 4 DVD set as it wasn’t even among the finer moments. However, if it were a complete season, it should be there. When it comes to this Attitude Era set, everything else needs to be in there including excessive violence, blood, beer drinking, wife cheating and scantily clad, yet still clothed women. This NEEDS to stay in or it’s a garbage depiction that’s ruining the memories.

      • LP1 says:

        Worst era in WWE history? I get that people are entitled to their opinion, but that’s just laughable. If record breaking tv ratings, ppv buyrates, merchandise sales, sold out houses and mainstream media recognition is what you consider the worst then I’d love to see what you consider the best.

        People can say what they want about their personal taste. That’s cool. I have no problem with that. But numbers don’t lie. All of the above mentioned factors(ratings, buyrates, tickets, etc.) were at a level never reached before(or since) during the Attitude Era. Facts are facts.

        • Anonymous says:

          Very well said. And, really, the worst eras BY FAR were 1993 to 1995, as well as 2009 to 2010.

        • T says:

          Absolutely correct. Plus, that era was very creative because of the pressure by Nitro and because of the freedom the wrestlers had. Those who do not like it might have started watching WWE after that era.
          1996 had Mankind vs Taker, one of the greatest and gruelest feuds ever. And the birth of Austin 3:16.
          1997 had the screw job, the founding of DX.
          1998 had The Rock and Austin, the first ever inferno matches /Tajer/Kane) and the infmaous HIAC match Taker/Mankind.
          1999 had the Ministry and the rise of Triple H to the main event.
          2000 defined Triple H as the top heel, the 1999/2000 feud against Mick Foley was one of the most heated and classy feuds ever.
          2001 had one of the best WrestleManias ever.

          Plus there was TLC and so much more.

          The cussing and so on are just details – they belong to the product but if you reduce the program to the swearing and nudity, you do not have a clue about that era.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you watch it every week? If not, you do not know why it was special.
      The wrestlers had so much freedom, it was explosive and electrifying.
      No era was that amazing.
      You could also ask:
      Why was Hulkamania so cartoony? Why was the NWA so basic? Why is the PG era so tame?
      It’s no accident that those who watched that era think it was the best until today.

      • jasongoldsmith says:

        It may have been “basic” but thats what worked in wrestling for years and still does.
        I cut my teeth on 80s wrestling and Hulk Hogan and the “basic” Crockett Promotions stuff along with the “basic” stuff from AWA and WCCW and UWF took wrestling to heights never reached before aside from the Jerry Lawler vs Andy Kaufman feud and my parents never had to tell us once to turn it off because of crude stuff on there.
        Having kids now and a 5 y/o nephew that are into wrestling I wont let them watch any WWF/E stuff from 97-02 because of the content–the 80s stuff and todays product they watch with me a lot and love it all and thats why wrestling survives–get the kids hooked and then you have adult fans in a few years that let their kids watch.
        Wrestling has always been simple–good guy vs bad guy and bad guy usually finds a way to cheat to win making the fans want to spend more money to see said bad guy get whipped–no need for beer drinking,heavy cussing,telling the crowd to “suck it”,necrophilia,devil worshipping,bare ass kissing,dr.hiney or anything else of the nature.
        If all of that were required then Owen Hart would never have made it as big as he did.

  26. Steven says:

    Attitude Era better not be this John Cena PG era crap. It should be TV-14 or R.

  27. Anonymous says:

    If by PG level Attitude Era stuff that means they censor the middle finger and censor the odd “wardrobe malfunction,” that’s fine. If it goes beyond that, it’s totally ruining the product.

    As far as those who are always coming out in support of everything the company does, understand that if you’re making an Attitude Era set, it should accurately depict the Attitude Era. Watering it down is insulting that product, its performers, as well as the consumers who are going into it thinking they’re getting what they know and love, not some unreasonable facsimile. So a little censoring (middle finger/wardrobe malfunction) is fine. Anything more and they should shelve the project.

    As far as the WCW Nitro set goes, I’m thrilled they’re coming out with it, but would absolutely HATE it if they indeed focused on the 1997-1998 period. 1997 was fine but probably the most overexposed period in Nitro history. Most of March 1998 to August 1998 absolutely stunk and those shows are as much to blame for the demise of the company as any others in Nitro history.

    They should focus on the September 1998 to June 2000 period. Lots was happening and if they’re looking to put together an awesome match listing meaning more buyers, this is the way to do it. The talent roster was never stronger and practically none of this stuff has been seen since it originally aired.

  28. Dave says:

    I don’t think the Attitude Era DVD makes a difference if its PG, like mentioned WWE were still PG up to end of 1998…I think 1999 was the beginning of TV-14 til summer of 2008.

    In reality WWE has been TV-14 for about 10 years out of the 50+ year history…so its not a big deal. PG is just a rating, it doesn’t effect the product…WWE can do a lot with PG, but they choose not to.

    I think the Attitude Era DVD will be fine. But i could see babies on this website coming and complaining having no clue what they’re saying….they think TV-14 = better product. For people that forget around 2005-2007 was the closet we had to another Attitude era, but 2006 and 2007 were considered one of the weakest years in WWE and those were the years were there was more violence, blood, sexual themes and cursing that people rave and think make a better product.

  29. LP1 says:

    Why would anyone ask the Warrior to sign a DVD that absolutely buries him? A complete lack of common sense by these people. What tools.

  30. Paul says:

    I’d rather they delay the Attitude Era DVD until they are more comfortable to release with a TV-14 rating rather than waste the entire set with a PG rating. UGH!

  31. HankHill says:

    Before anyone cries and whines, WWF was TV-PG until 1999 or 2000. So there’s that.

    • LP1 says:

      Not really. Their weekend shows might have been TVPG, but Raw was TV14 long before that.

      • Dave says:

        Not necessarily, watch some RAW episodes on youtube from late-1998 the rating on the top left says PG.

        WWE has only been TV14 from 1999 to summer of 2008…with GAB being the last PPV rated TV14.

        • LP1 says:

          Yes, the tv rating might have been PG in 1998, but the product was anything but PG. People have to remember that the concept of tv ratings was relatively new at the time(I think tv started having ratings in 1997) and the WWF got into a lot of hot water because of their product. Anyone remember the Parents Television Council? By the time WWF was forced to change their rating to TV14 they were long passed a PG product. TV ratings in the late 90s had a lot more leverage than they do today. Much like movies from 20-30 years ago that were rated PG would today be rated R. Times have changed a lot and society is much more stricter with not just entertainment ratings, but pretty much everything.

    • Paul says:

      but if they release this now with a PG rating its going to be very watered down with blurs, (middle fingers, black & white when there is blood) bleeps (profanity, probably even the word ‘ass’) and worst of all excluded content (extreme matches, DIVAS!). This release would only be depressing if it’s not done properly because it may never get done properly after they do it once…

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