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JBL says he rather ‘be captured by ISIS’ than eat dinner with Sami Zayn, comparing today to Attitude Era

WWE SmackDown Live commentator JBL and Monday Night RAW commentator Corey Graves recently talked on a variety of subjects on a recent episode of Bring It To The Table. Here are the highlights:

On comparing today’s WWE to the Attitude Era:


“Like, this is like Stephen Curry saying that [The NBA’s current Golden State Warriors] are better than the ’96 [Chicago] Bulls, okay? This is a great roster. That was, I think, the best roster in the history of the business back then.” JBL added, “there is so much talent right now, but I think they’re right in the mid-stage of an evolution phase and once they hit it, I think they may be the greatest era. I don’t think they are now.”

Corey Graves:

“There’s so much talent right now. I argue we could start an all Japanese [pro] wrestling show with the amount of Japanese talent we have right now. There is so much talent! Now, we may not have at the moment that transcendent next-level ‘Stone Cold’ or The Rock, but I assure you, they’re there.”

On Sami Zayn:


“I’d rather be waterboarded than to sit down and talk [pro] wrestling with Sami Zayn. I would rather be captured by ISIS than have to have dinner with Sami Zayn.”

  • CC

    He is spot on with the fact that the roster back then was better, but that is because during the attitude era, the stars had already been built up before then and others that came in during that (Angle for example) were able to ride that momentum to get over. Also, the fact talent was given more freedom with their characters and promos etc made it more organic and natural.
    Today though we have a lot of great talent that could be as good as that era, but most are still developing and building, and in the future the roster “could” be as great as the attitude era. The biggest problem though is its all so scripted and controlled now. When a wrestler does get themselves over naturally without WWE’s heavy handed pushes, look how hard WWE makes things for them (Bryan, Ziggler and Punk etc).

    If there was a little more freedom like the old days, we could have an attitude era roster right now.