A WWE Hall of Famer has made the bold claim that there would have been no Attitude Era in WWE if it wasn’t for him and a big move he made.
The Attitude Era is fondly remembered by fans of a certain vintage as WWE pushed the boundaries during the last few years of the nineties and sought a more mature audience for their product.
The exact beginning of this era is debated among wrestling fans but many point to the success of ECW and even the emergence of the New World Order in WCW as forcing Vince McMahon to change tact with his own company.
Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, D-Generation X, and Sable were among the biggest stars to emerge in WWE during this time when storylines, shocking moments, and long promos became the norm on Raw as the company looked to turn the tide in the Monday Night Wars as WWE’s flagship show went head-to-head with WCW Nitro in the battle for ratings supremacy.
Now speaking on Kliq This podcast, former WCW Champion Kevin Nash sought to explain his own impact on the Attitude Era and says if he doesn’t defect to WCW then it doesn’t happen:
“If I don’t go to WCW, there is no Attitude Era.”
Kevin Nash joined WCW in 1996 alongside Scott Hall who also left WWE for a move to the Atlanta-based company. At Bash at the Beach in the summer of that year, the pair no doubt changed the wrestling business forever when they joined forces with Hulk Hogan to form the NWO.