Corey Graves continues to be a lightning rod for quotes these days, this time taking on the Attitude Era. On his podcast, After the Bell, Graves mentioned that fans don’t miss cheesy storylines, four-letter words and boobs, but rather they miss stars who were allowed to be themselves.
Here is the full quote, thanks to Fightful:
“The things about the Attitude Era that we miss are not cheesy, Jerry Springer storylines, and four-letter words, and boobs. The Attitude Era was awesome because you had a bunch of superstars who were allowed to figure things out, allowed to be themselves, allowed to connect and weren’t pigeonholed or forced into these garbage circumstances, every once in awhile, there was a terrible storyline, but people made it work because you could laugh at yourself. It was tongue and cheek. The talent made each other better. It was a competition, night after night. You had to figure out how to survive.
There were a ton of awful, horrendous storylines. Mae Young gave birth to a hand. There was Katie Vick. Some of the worst storylines in the history of the business took place in the Attitude Era. But as a whole, the business was on fire because everyone had to step up, even if you were in a garbage circumstance, you had an opportunity to make your own path. That’s what we need, that’s what we as fans miss from the Attitude Era. Not crude storylines, lewdness, ‘puppies’ and jokes like that. More action and guys who are badasses allowed to be badasses and be entertaining.”
Graves was primarily talking about the ongoing Rusev, Bobby Lashley and Lana storyline. He pointed to Rusev as an example of someone who could get over far more if WWE let him be himself.