Triple H explains the difference between the Attitude Era and today’s WWE

When it comes to memorable eras in WWE history, the golden age of the 80s and 90s with Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man Randy Savage as well as the Attitude Era of the late 90s and early 2000s with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, The Rock and the Undertaker are often the first to come to mind.

So how does today’s WWE compare and contrast to those vaunted epochs in the annals of professional wrestling? Triple H answered that question and more during a recent episode of The Pat McAfee Show, “Live from Wrestlemania XL.”

The Rock stomps Stone Cold Steve Austin while Vince McMahon lurks in the background during the WWE Attitude Era/TKO

“In some way, then, we were fighting for our lives, right? So, when the Attitude Era was first coming to be, it was literally us fighting for our lives,” Triple H said. “It was a company that was out there that had more money, that was doing big things, that was kicking our a** in a way, and we wouldn’t let that [happen].”

Triple H noted that during the Attitude Era, the WWE was going up against the Ted Turner-backed WCW in what is retrospectively known as the Monday Night Wars. One big difference between the Attitude Era and today’s WWE is that today’s WWE isn’t facing much competition (he purposely didn’t mention the Tony Khan-backed All Elite Wrestling) besides the different iterations of the WWE in the past.

“We were building up against something. Right now, we are up against ourselves. We are up against the Attitude Era. We are up against the Ruthless Aggression Era, whatever you want to call it, the best of the absolute best of WWE. That’s what we are working against.”

What do you think is the biggest difference between the Attitude Era and today’s WWE? Which era of WWE is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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