This week’s selection is the top five underrated stars of the WWF’s Attitude Era. Who were stars in the WWF’s Attitude Era that didn’t get the credit they deserved for being over in a time when Stone Cold, The Rock, Sable, DX and Mr. McMahon ruled that period of time? They were not necessarily main event stars, but stars nonetheless.
Honorable Mentions: Too Cool, Rikishi, Gangrel
5. D Lo Brown
D Lo Brown was…in my opinion…vastly underrated as both a wrestler and overall performer during the Attitude Era. He was a definite workhorse for the company during a time when wrestling took a backseat to more adult oriented content. D Lo was a solid upper mid card wrestler in the WWF holding various titles. I feel he isnot talked about nearly as much as he should be for all the hard work he put in during that time.
4. Terri Runnels
While not a wrestler, Terri contributed a great deal during this timeframe as a valet/manager and personality. From managing the Hardy Boyz, to being the leader of P.M.S., having an affair with Val Venis and even briefly winning the Hardcore title…the “Horny Little She Devil” (as Jim Ross lovingly referred to her as) was a very big part of the Attitude Era.
3. Val Venis
Who would’ve thought that a wrestling porn star gimmick would get over as big as it did? That is exactly what happened in the case of Val Venis. I remember going to a Monday Night Raw show and Venis wrestled a dark match before the actual show. He hadn’t yet debuted for the company, but his vignettes were airing for his arrival. When Venis came out for that dark match…the crowd in attendance erupted in cheers. You just knew that Sean Morley was going to be a star and he was.
2. The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust
Dustin Runnels really shined during this point in his career. He had broken away from his wife Terri/Marlena and took on Luna Vachon as his new manager. He became more twisted and bizarre as a character and it fit in perfectly with all the other crazy characters of this period.
1. The Godfather
After years of portraying different gimmicks like Papa Shango and Kama Mustafa…Charles Wright really found his niche playing The Godfather. It was a character that Wright played to perfection utilizing his mic skills and charisma to get over with fans. It also didn’t hurt that he brought out a line of scantily clad women with him called ‘The Ho Train.’
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