Cactus calls it a career
The Attitude Era (for our purposes, any World Wrestling Federation programming between 1997 and 2001) was a huge part of the WWF's history for a variety of reasons.
For one thing, it was the first time that professional wrestling enjoyed a mainstream audience since the early days of Hulkamania... and arguably it hasn't been seen since.
Another unique aspect of The Attitude Era was the departure of many tried and true formulas, such as edgier, more controversial content, shorter matches and more reality-based storylines.
Finally, The Attitude Era was responsible for WWF winning the Monday Night War against WCW and giving the industry a profile it didn't have before.
While these aren't all matches, per se, these were all huge defining moments for the time. In counting down the Top 50 Attitude Era Moments, we looked at the following criteria:
How memorable was the moment, years later?
Did it help to elevate the talent(s) involved?
How did the segment perform in the ratings?
Did the moment help define the edgy Attitude Era?
One last note: these are all moments that happened on-screen for a WWF show. No backstage moments or anything that didn't appear on Raw, SmackDown or a pay-per-view.
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On February 9, 1999, fans were finally getting a steel cage match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mr. McMahon. The match was interrupted by former WCW star The Giant, who was hiding under the ring and attacked Austin. Using his real name Paul Wight, he quickly became established as The Big Show.
Stooges vs. Posse
The February 28, 2000 edition of Monday Night Raw provided a very unusual moment. Mark Henry, still Sexual Chocolate at this point, got octogenarian WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young pregnant. Young went into labor on Raw, and with the cameras filming everything, she gave birth to... a prosthetic hand.