Edge and Christian open today’s show speaking about the attitude era. They wonder when the ‘attitude era’ actually started and ended. Edge says that the Goldust character was one of the first signs of WWE pushing the boundaries in his opinion. He gives a lot of credit to Dustin Runnels, who has been with the company for over two decades, and is still a terrific worker in the ring and person outside of it.
If Goldust was one key sign of the time’s changing, Steve Austin’s promo at King of the Ring 1996 also paved the way for what was about to come. After that, guys like Shawn Michaels and Triple H saw what was happening and changed their character to fit the times.
Another character who adapted with the times was The Undertaker. Christian says that Undertaker always found a way to tweak his character as required, in order for it to make sense in whatever era he was working in. The Rock and Mankind also made a huge mark on the business at this time and before long, young Superstars started transitioning from WCW to WWE such as Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero.