It is difficult to make a comparison between the wrestling world then and now. WWE now has competition in the form of AEW and things are much different than they used to be. Those who are nostalgic (but also realistic) will surely say that WWE was something completely different 20 years ago.
There were more quality, many great faces and, it seems, talents as well. Kurt Angle, the man who marked an era of this company, talked about the talents then and now in an interview for the Grue Rume Show. Angle thinks there were a lot more talents during his era.
“Both companies [AEW and WWE] have a lot of talent right now. I wouldn’t say they have the talent that we had back in the Attitude Era. Back then, everybody was a superstar. Lower card guys, middle card guys, the Godfather, Val Venis, Bob Holly, guys that were mid-card and opening card guys were huge stars.
Now, there are five or six top guys in the company that everyone knows and everyone else is not as recognized."- Angle said, as quoted by pwmania.com!
Kurt Angle on today's wrestlers
Kurt Angle, on the other hand, did not want to underestimate today's stars and talents.
Angle emphasized that today's wrestlers are more athletic and do crazier things. We could, however, draw conclusions about quality then and now if we look at the complete picture. Different people have different opinions, but each era has something unique and special to offer.
"Back then, we had a special group of guys. Don’t get me wrong, the guys today, they are much more athletic and do a lot more crazy stuff, more flips and acrobatic stunts. Hopefully, they’ll hone that in and come back to the way wrestling was where you have wrestling moves and stuff like that, not just stunts. I think everyone is doing a good job today in WWE and AEW”.
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