Bryan eventually became upset and slapped the microphone from Stephanie’s hand before being escorted from the ring by security, but not without first saying the word Stephanie reminded him of began with a “B.”
Despite the fact that the segment was engaging and entertaining, I could not help but think back to the Attitude Era, realizing just how limited the writers are now that the WWE has toned down its content. Instead of having Bryan do something that was actually provocative, we are supposed to accept that knocking the microphone from her hand and saying she reminded him of a word that begins with “B” (perhaps he meant beautiful, but that seems highly unlikely for a number of reasons) is some act of grand defiance.
Had the same segment occurred with Stone Cold Steve Austin during the Attitude Era, Austin would have called her a bitch, stunned her, showered her in a Steveweiser, and walked out of the arena flipping off the crowd with security at his side. Obviously this is no longer the image the WWE is trying to portray, but it would be much more entertaining if fans could turn back the clock a decade and a half.
So, as the WWE revives The Corporation angle they have relied upon in the past, it has to make one wonder how far they can really take it with the current state of WWE writing. If they want Bryan to be the new Austin, it will be hard to portray him as a badass when he isn’t even allowed to say bitch on television. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m advocating the revival of the Attitude Era. Maybe I’m just a disgruntled old fan who grew up watching wrestling during the 90’s reliving the glory days. Nonetheless, no matter how one may feel about the current state of the WWE and its writing style, it is almost impossible to deny how limited the writers are with what they can do on television during the PG Era.