The 2000s were a decade of massive transformation for WWE (heck, the company even changed its name in 2002). The Monday Night Wars concluded in early 2001, leaving Vince McMahon the clear winner, but also challenged like never before.
While WWE was without legitimate competition for the first time in many years, McMahon was tasked with building up a new generation of stars to replace Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and the nWo -- all of which were still around at points during the 2000s but clearly their biggest days were behind them.
In selecting the Top 50 WWF Stars Of The 2000s, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the star in the WWE between the years 2000 and 2009?
Were they involved in memorable matches and angles?
Did they win any WWE championships during this time (not crucial, given announcers and managers on this list, too)?
Are they often associated with the 2000s wrestling scene?
Ready? Here we go!