WWE Attitude Era
I never thought I'd say this, but just like everyone from past generations, I have become my parents. Just like my parents, I now believe that everything from the past is better than everything is today. The clearest example of this is the WWE.
In the late 1990s, the WWE embarked on what came to be known as the Attitude Era. WWE matches were more violent and storylines were catered to adults. However, WWE programming is now TV-PG and openly targets a much younger audience.
To prove my point, the WWE announced it is teaming up with animators to produce a Scooby-Doo movie. Although I loved Scooby-Doo growing up, this project proves the WWE Attitude Era is dead
Scooby-Doo had to be the coolest cartoon when I was growing up. Shaggy and Scooby-Doo had outstanding chemistry and they left me in hysterics on Saturday mornings. Unfortunately, the addition of Scrappy-Doo ruined the series in much the same way that Hornswoggle spoiled the WWE for Attitude Era fans.
The plot of the Scooby-Doo, WWE movie is almost beyond belief. Early reports indicate that Scooby-Doo and the gang will be investigating trouble at Wrestlemania! 10-15 years ago, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin would come out and deliver a stunner when there was trouble at Wrestlemania.
The Scooby-Doo movie is a departure even for WWE movies. Recent films featured car chases, the armed forces and a horror plot. For fans like me who yearn for a return to the Attitude Era, we need to face the reality that the WWE is now closer to TV-G than TV-14.
I'm sure the Scooby-Doo movie will be a big success at the box office. The kids will love it and they will probably buy lots of merchandise. Parents may even wax nostalgic at Shaggy's appetite and Scooby-Doo's funny voice.
The movie may even start a new trend for the WWE. The next movie may be "Cena in Wonderland" or "Kelly Kelly and the Seven Dwarfs."
But instead of saying, "Scooby-Doo, where are you," I find myself saying, "Stone Cold, where are you?"
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler was Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.