I was a big wrestling fan in the Hogan/Warrior heyday…(late 80s, early 90s). The action was fun to watch and it was so cartoonish and over the top that it was impossible to be taken too seriously.
Then they brought in “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and ushered in the “Attitude Era”, and things got much darker and edgier. Austin’s signature was flipping the bird to everyone and he became an “anti-hero” for standing up to the “boss.” The foul-mouthed guy giving everyone the finger was now the hero, an extreme 180 turn from Hulk Hogan’s clean cut image.
They also started going out and finding beautiful, model-type women to be their female wrestlers, and as you might expect, they mostly used them in weird matches that showed off their sexuality (lingerie matches, evening gown matches, pillow fights, etc.).
Add to that the deaths of Owen Hart, Chris Benoit and family and the fact that almost every wrestler dies by their 50th birthday (from extreme steroid use, no doubt) and you have a pretty sad state of affairs for Vince’s empire.
It used to be fun, now it’s all about pushing the envelope and squeezing in as much raunch and sex as possible.