WWE Superstar Kane who was arguably one of the most memorable wrestlers from the Attitude Era was recently interviewed by Jim Ross on 'The Ross Report' in which he reminisced about his time during the Attitude Era of he calls the 'Golden Age.' Kane had many high profile storylines during the late 90s and early 00s, mostly dominated by his troubled relationship with his Brother, The Undertaker.
“That was the golden age. So much of life is timing and the timing just worked out. I mean, you had the right people at the right time and just everything worked. And when things are effortless and just everything is smooth and flows, that’s what it was like for a couple of years. It was just amazing and such a joy. And now, you look back and when you’re in the middle of it, you don’t appreciate it like you should and you get on the other side and you’re like, ‘man, that was awesome!’ and that’s sort of how I am. I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have while it was going on because it was truly a special time. And, again, frankly, and not because there aren’t talented people [nowadays] and not because folks don’t work hard, it’s just because it’s a matter of timing and that was the right time and it was just awesome. It was very unique. Just think about it. The depth of the roster was amazing. I mean, you go up and down the roster, and it was just, you literally had a dozen guys that could be in the main event and the audience wouldn’t be disappointed. And maybe never before and never again in history will you see that. It was just a very unique time.”
He also talked about the Monday Night Wars putting pressure on wrestlers to perform and step up as a matter of pride:
"Now we look back at the Monday Night Wars and [say], 'oh, WWE was destined to win' and, no, it wasn't! If we didn't win, we were going out of business, so there was pressure on us, but in a good way, to perform because we had to go out and do the best that we could every night because we knew that if we didn't, we all could be out of a job. And that's the same pressure we often see in sports, you have to go out and win the game. There is no tomorrow. There is no second chance. You have to go out and win the game. And I think all of us felt that as well. And it actually at some point became a matter of pride that each and every one of us was going to go out and do the best we could because we wanted to win. We wanted to be the best. I would pull from my sports background and say that would be accurate. There comes a point where that pride and that desire becomes the driving force behind the performance."