You might be wondering what the Attitude Era in wrestling is. Well, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) used this term to describe its programming during the ‘Monday Night Wars’. WWF’s Monday Night Raw also marks this period, in which wrestlers went head-to-head with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) stars. Many wrestling stars rose to stardom during this period, including Triple H, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and Chyna. Many people believe that the Attitude Era was not a time for good physiques in WWE, but there are plenty of wrestlers with fantastic bodies. We’ve compiled a list of wrestlers with the best physique from the Attitude Era.
Best known by the ring name Val Venis, Sean Allen Morely undoubtedly had the best body in the WWE’s Attitude Era. He was pretty famous in the wrestling world even before his WWE debut in 1998. He wrestled in Japan, Canada, and Puerto Rico before appearing in the WWE. There were several chiseled superstars of this era, but his physique was several notches above. He pulled off a gimmick of an adult film star as well during his show times. Venis was successful in the Attitude Era, thanks to his muscular figure that looked incredible as an adult star.
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, needs no introduction to his name, as he has the best physique in Hollywood right now. He still had the best body in the Attitude Era. The Rock’s form may have lacked well-defined abs, but he still looked like a top star. His broad shoulders and great-looking chest made it up for the lack of abs. The Rock is among the greatest of all time due to his great body, persona, and mic skills. He portrayed a comical gimmick named Rocky Maivia, which was the amalgamation of his father and grandfather’s names.
The Attitude Era would not have been possible without McMahon. His ring name was Mr. McMahon, flaunting a gimmick based on his real-life personality. Mr. McMahon frequently wrestled in the Attitude Era and even won a WWE Championship title once. You may have seen the evil boss in a suit most of the time, but he didn’t shy away from showing off his amazing physique whenever he wrestled. Even though he was in his 50s during the Attitude Era, his muscular body still challenged many young talents on the roster.
Test had all that’s needed to be a superstar in the wrestling business, but he didn’t gain fame as a wrestler. He made his WWE debut in 1998 and wrestled throughout the Attitude Era. Nevertheless, he had a well-sculpted body and a great character. Although he should’ve attained stardom like Triple H, he didn’t win any Championship title. Still, his well-defined abs and upper body strength deserve a mention.
One cannot ignore Triple H’s impressive physique when it comes to the wrestling world. The man kept his muscular stature intact for years. His well-built body is proof that he was among the top stars of wrestling mania. Triple H’s body was comparably less muscular in the New Generation Era, but he dramatically changed his physique in The Attitude Era. The strong body-built spoke for itself, which got even more ridiculous in the Ruthless Aggression Era. He portrayed many characters in the ring throughout his career.
Billy Gunn’s career lasted for eleven years in the first stint. His body was at its best during his wrestling career. Primarily, he was a tag team specialist in which he won twin belts a record ten times. Furthermore, he was part of the most famous stable in the Attitude Era. Gunn’s body had an excellent muscle ratio with shallow body fat. His well-sculpted abs looked fabulous, with his big traps and shoulders attracting a great deal of attention in the ring.
Team Xtreme had some of the most dynamic wrestlers. Only a few stars put their bodies on line during their careers, like Matt & Jeff Hardy along with Lita. Their physiques may not seem ideal for WWE, but their stunning aerial proficiency put them firmly in the World Tag Team Championship hunt. These risk-takers would do anything to win the titles bringing their kinetic high-flying arsenal to the championships. They pulled off characters that combined a devil-may-care attitude with excellent aerial proficiency in the ring.
Kane’s physique is undoubtedly underrated in the Attitude Era because people usually talk about his intimidating persona and costume. It was this era when he made his in-ring debut.
He had a good muscle ratio, although his ring costume covered most of his body parts. He was a scary man to look at due to his intimidating seven feet height. His imposing body weighed around 330 pounds during that time. Kane made a bold statement in the ring, which made him a great challenger for WWE’s most elite titles.
Chyna is one of the biggest stars of women’s wrestling from The Attitude Era. Her extraordinary strength challenged many female stars on the roster. She even outshined her male peers and won the Intercontinental Championship twice. Chyna’s impressive physique had robust stature with excellent muscle mass. She is also known as the Ninth Wonder of the World in the WWF. Chyna’s intergender matches made her a wrestling sensation worldwide, while her brash persona paved the way for several other women in the competition.
The Undertaker was a force to reckon with in the ring throughout the Attitude Era. The Deadman forged successful tandems with Big Show and his brother (Kane) and continued to dominate the ring in his career. He covered most of his body with his costume choice, but he had a huge body and immense physical strength. His powerful body and unique persona sent chills down the spines of his opponents. He portrayed an ‘American Badass’ character in the WWE.
The first thing that pops in the mind when someone mentions Ken Shamrock is his imposing physique. Ken Shamrock’s great muscles made him stand out in the wrestling business. The abs looked like a sculpted slab of marble. He showcased a tremendous shape that had everything a wrestler could ever want. Superstars need big muscles in the wrestling competitions, and Ken Shamrock had no shortage in that department. He weighed 250 pounds in the Attitude Era with a lean muscle mass. Shamrock created hype as a legit martial artist and was known as the Baddest Man in the wrestling world.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin
‘Stone Cold Steve Austin is possibly one of the biggest wrestling stars of the Attitude Era. The big man weighed over 250 pounds and had an awe-inspiring body. Other than his looks, his character and charisma revolutionized sports entertainment. Stone Cold truly personified what it meant to be a WWE superstar. He may have lacked in flashy ring gear and theatrics, but his personality raised hell on his opponents whenever he entered the arena. His frequent battles with Mr.McMahon are the highlights of the Attitude Era because his ability to get under the rival’s skin kept WWE Universe members glued to their TV screens.