Back in my day, get off my lawn. For the last couple of months I have been using the WWE network to watch the main events and bits of Smackdown/RAW. Apparently the hardcore wrestling fan is 40 years old and has been watching since Hulkamania. Ha I am 38. I missed the Ruthless Aggression Era and started pating attention to wrestling again when I heard The Ultimate Warrior died (I was a fan of him back in the 80's and he beat Hogan at WM VI yay). Generally I find older wrestling hard to watch even if I was there at the time, 1980's wrestling in particular. The 1990's is not so bad if you look at the best of it (Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Attitude Era) but overall it was crap with until the Monday Night Wars with 1995 being a low point along with most of 1996. 1980's was mostly squash matches with the stars coming out at the main events, WCW at least changed that. And now we have the PG era although it is now the new era apparently. For me the best parts of the Attitude Era was the storylines and star power with some of the violence (Foley/Taker Hell in a Cell 1998) but I can live without bra and panty type matches and I never really liked Sable. Put simply there are bits and pieces each decade/era whatever has done well and I will make a pro's list highlighting what I like from then and now. I will more or less exclude the 1980's as see previous comment about 80's wrestling being hard to watch or look at best and worst Wrestlemania's. Things They Do Better 2016 Overall Quality of the Wrestling Matches. The in ring skills are better and I find it easier to watch and I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of 2016. As I understand things 2014/15 were not so great but as I said I was around in 1995 and 1996 which had some of the worst main events WWF has ever made. Or Wrestlemania IX as well. Womens Wrestling Never really liked womens wrestling because it was booked bad, mostly came across as pointless/gimmick and in the Atitudee Era it was sexist/stupid. Don't get me wrong I do not minfd looking at naked and near naked women but if I want to do that there are other mediums as opposed to Wrestling. Natural Look I think the wrestlers look better now than say the 1980's/90's. John Cena is comparable in weight to Stone Cold Steve Austin and the 300 pounders like Rusev look like weight lifters and not steroid junkies. The big over weight monster heel type characters are mostly gone as well (Yokozuna, Earthquake, Tugboat etc). Overall Quality of the Roster There are multiple wrestlers on the brand split who are viable contenders for the titles between the two brands. They might be lacking a bit on each individual show but back in the day you might be lucky to have 3 or 4 main event types. For example watch the 1996 Royal Rumble it was all about Shawn Michaels and the roster was very thin at the time although a lot of them 2 or 3 years later were very hot. Some dude called The Ringmaster did alright so I have heard. 90's Star Power. The highlights of the 1990's were mostly carried by a relative handful of wrestlers. Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, and say Austin/Rock/Foley/Kane/Triple H/Undertaker in the late 90's. Hogan in the 1980s/early 90's and his heel run in WCW and Nash and Hall as well. The modern era has no Hogan/Austin/Rock equivalent who are a once in a generation type star. AJ Styles might be able to get to the level of Shawn/Bret and Cena is the closest thing I can think of to Hogan. Storylines. Partly related to star power but there was an element of must see TV with the Attitude Era. Stone Cold Austins feud with Vince, the early NWO, Undertaker and Kanes storyline. These storytlines were carried by the star power of the wrestlers involved and the quality of the booking and creative team. Even in the pre Monday Night Wars you had things like Owen and Bret feud. Easier to Follow Watching old RAW or Monday Night Nitro you could get your wrestling fix with 2 hours of TV. Two hours is not two hard to digest and you got to see your favourite wrestlers. RAW is 3 hours now but what if you like AJ Styles that is another 2 hours of Smackdown. I watch the highlights and main events I do not want to watch 5 hours of wrestling a week. At least 5 hours of modern wrestling I can handle 3 or 4 episodes of RAW from 1998/99 even if I know how a lot of the storylines play out.