The long version:
I watched everything I could starting with Summerslam 1991 when I was six years old. I became primarily a WCW fan in 1996 when my buddy ordered Bash at the Beach to see who “the third man” would be alongside Nash and Hall. I watched Nitro every week but flipped to Raw during commercials and still caught the WWF PPVs that my friends would order (I don’t think I ever ordered a PPV myself) in addition to watching and listening via the “scramble-vision” method that was popular in the pre-digital days.
Despite being the key demographic (a teenage male) for WWE in the Attitude Era, I was pretty turned off by the presentation around that time. As far as WCW, I still turned on Nitro and Thunder if I was home, but once I started high school, it became less of an “appointment viewing” thing for me. I hung on to WCW to the bitter end, and then that was pretty much it.
My brother as well as few college buddies shared my love for the “older stuff” and we would occasionally dive into an older pay-per-view on YouTube or DVD, but I never ventured back into the current product for a span of about nine years until a friend of mine inviting me over for a get-together that turned out to be a WrestleMania 27 watch party. I also got a DVR around that time, so I added Raw into the mix and watched bits and pieces that way.
As a poster boy for WWE marketing, there are two things that turned me back into a weekly devotee: the launch of the WWE Network and the vignettes for the soon-to-be debuting Wyatt Family (who I had never seen in NXT). So I started watching Raw weekly for the vignettes and the eventual debut, and the WWE Network made me a regular PPV watcher for the first time ever. I’ve still never really caught up on the stuff that I missed, aside from the Manias and the “all-time great” matches from that era.
So as ridiculous as it may sound to a future generation… or maybe it already does… it was none other than Bray Wyatt that turned me back into a fan.