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Subject: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/05/13 at 2:39 am

Fresh off the heels of the WWF's Attitude era's closing  WWF changed it's named to the WWE  & thus begun the Ruthless  Aggression era (2002-2008) The Ruthless Aggression Era is a distinct era because it saw a less violent and less adult-oriented product as was seen in the Attitude Era. Because of this, some would also call it a toned down version of the Attitude Era. Although ratings were not as high as the Attitude era ratings it had remained consistent and the product still had a edgy product. What were some of you're favorite moments? Did you love or hate this era?  Here are a bunch of my favorite moments from this era to refreshen that memory of yours.

Raw theme 2002-2006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIoKFtdqcGo


Edge & Lita Live Sex  Raw 2006 (Highest Rating in the history of WWE since)
http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/3209/lita45sj.jpg


Brock Lesnar beats the Rock/wins WWE title SummerSlam 2002
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUy1b3v7irY

Edge Cashes in Money in the Bank/ Wins WWe title  New Years Revolution 2006
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1wz91D9oC1s/ULTuHxOzC5I/AAAAAAAAG50/A9bjjx4QVCc/s1600/wwe+2006+edge+cashes+in.jpg

RVD wins WWE title Ecw 2006
http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/photo_large/public/photo/image/2012/12/ONS_06112006dog_2444.jpg

Batista powerbombs Triple H through a Table  Raw 2005
http://www.wwe.com/f/wysiwyg/image/2013/02/evolution_table.jpg

Triple H/Evolution turns on Randy orton  Raw 2004


http://www.randyortonrko.abbcenter.com/weboldal/randyortonrko/gallery/RandyOrtonThumbsDown.jpg

Shawn Michaels comes out of retirement  SummerSlam 2002
http://prowrestlingpowerhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Summerslam-2002-HBK-HHH.jpg

DX returns  Raw- 2006
http://blogs.que.es/brutomecanico/files/27417_2006-DX_returns.jpg












Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/05/13 at 7:15 am

Thanks Tattoo, not big on being a wrestling fan these days but back then The Ruthless Aggression Era was cool to be a wrestling fan yourself and remember the Golden Era wrestling stars were on their way out like Hulk Hogan, he lasted a few years and Ric Flair as well.

http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/images/books/hogan.jpg

http://www.rfgolds.com/Flair%20in%20Gold%20Robe.bmp

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/05/13 at 11:19 am


Thanks Tattoo, not big on being a wrestling fan these days but back then The Ruthless Aggression Era was cool to be a wrestling fan yourself and remember the Golden Era wrestling stars were on their way out like Hulk Hogan, he lasted a few years and Ric Flair as well.

http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/images/books/hogan.jpg

http://www.rfgolds.com/Flair%20in%20Gold%20Robe.bmp


O yeah Hogan would make a  few appearances and matches during this time (when hogan didn't turn into the creep he did now)

I really enjoyed the Batista 2005 storyline with triple h & Rvd winning the WWe belt at Ecw  then getting arrested for smoking weed (in real life)

and having to forfeit the title on Raw lol

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/05/13 at 2:15 pm

O yeah Hogan would make a  few appearances and matches during this time (when hogan didn't turn into the creep he did now)

Hogan would go on to have a feud with Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and Vince McMahon.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/05/13 at 2:16 pm

DX turned into the sillier version of themselves not as the group we used to know 10 years earlier.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Bobby on 03/05/13 at 5:25 pm

The wrestling wasn't too bad in this era but, creatively, it all seemed to be a mish-mash of ideas and badly realised characters. Edge and Christian completely changed character during this period a few times which implies to me they weren't getting over as much as they could have. HHH and Shawn Michaels were all over the place, one minute they were killing each other and the next they were forming DX. One minute RVD and Kane were in an intriguing tag-team and the next they started feuding with each other. Kane was misused a lot and the WWF really messed up when they took his mask off. The mystery behind Kane was what people liked about him and they killed it stone-dead.

The WWF vs WCW vs ECW angle around 2000/2001 was pretty poor. It could have been so much better than that on so many different levels. I think Vince McMahon's ego got in the way of that one.

Around this time was where the two infamous angles involving old dear Mae Young gaving birth to Mark Henry's 'baby' and the infamous Katie Vick necrophilia angle.

I remember watching John Cena's first matches before he was a 'white rapper'. He wore a leotard and I liked him then because he seemed to be playing himself and legitimate to some extent. As 'white rapper' John Cena, even if it was a part of his personality, it didn't work for me and I just didn't buy it.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 6:49 am

Around this time was where the two infamous angles involving old dear Mae Young gaving birth to Mark Henry's 'baby' and the infamous Katie Vick necrophilia angle.


You'd think WWE would come up with some better storylines than Mae Young giving birth to a hand or HHH having sex with a corpse. ::)

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: warped on 03/06/13 at 6:51 am


The wrestling wasn't too bad in this era but, creatively, it all seemed to be a mish-mash of ideas and badly realised characters. Edge and Christian completely changed character during this period a few times which implies to me they weren't getting over as much as they could have. HHH and Shawn Michaels were all over the place, one minute they were killing each other and the next they were forming DX. One minute RVD and Kane were in an intriguing tag-team and the next they started feuding with each other. Kane was misused a lot and the WWF really messed up when they took his mask off. The mystery behind Kane was what people liked about him and they killed it stone-dead.

The WWF vs WCW vs ECW angle around 2000/2001 was pretty poor. It could have been so much better than that on so many different levels. I think Vince McMahon's ego got in the way of that one.

Around this time was where the two infamous angles involving old dear Mae Young gaving birth to Mark Henry's 'baby' and the infamous Katie Vick necrophilia angle.

I remember watching John Cena's first matches before he was a 'white rapper'. He wore a leotard and I liked him then because he seemed to be playing himself and legitimate to some extent. As 'white rapper' John Cena, even if it was a part of his personality, it didn't work for me and I just didn't buy it.


Probably why I enjoyed watching wrestling in the 80s & 90s and was turned off by the characters in this era.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Bobby on 03/06/13 at 8:18 am


Probably why I enjoyed watching wrestling in the 80s & 90s and was turned off by the characters in this era.


I personally think some of the best storylines came from around 1988-1992 and this was the time Pat Patterson was creating the angles for the wrestlers.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: warped on 03/06/13 at 10:29 am


I personally think some of the best storylines came from around 1988-1992 and this was the time Pat Patterson was creating the angles for the wrestlers.


Yup, it almost go back to about 1984 or 1985 on that. Good story lines.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: popguru85 on 03/06/13 at 12:15 pm

I remember them really trying to push the Brand Split really hard during this era. Raw was always more storylines and Smackdown had more matches. It seems from mid 2002-mid 2004 Smackdown was the better show. You had Kurt Angle, The Guerreros, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, John Cena as a heel, etc.  on the Smackdown Roster and Paul Heyman was in charge of the writing for a little while. I always felt that Raw was relying way too much on Triple H.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/06/13 at 1:29 pm


I remember them really trying to push the Brand Split really hard during this era. Raw was always more storylines and Smackdown had more matches. It seems from mid 2002-mid 2004 Smackdown was the better show. You had Kurt Angle, The Guerreros, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, John Cena as a heel, etc.  on the Smackdown Roster and Paul Heyman was in charge of the writing for a little while. I always felt that Raw was relying way too much on Triple H.



raw picked up in late 2004 tho, smackdown sucked

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Bobby on 03/06/13 at 1:58 pm


I remember them really trying to push the Brand Split really hard during this era. Raw was always more storylines and Smackdown had more matches. It seems from mid 2002-mid 2004 Smackdown was the better show. You had Kurt Angle, The Guerreros, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, John Cena as a heel, etc.  on the Smackdown Roster and Paul Heyman was in charge of the writing for a little while. I always felt that Raw was relying way too much on Triple H.


The Monday Night Wars in the mid-late 1990s started the one PPV a month situation which was, in my opinion, the worst thing to happen to wrestling. Gone are the days when something can be hyped over a period of time, we enter into the age of instant gratification. Plots and angles were and still are given less time to develop and I got sick of the same old shtick happening so often in a short period of time. The brand split just made it worse.

I remember when the WWF only featured the big 4 (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series) around 1988-1992. We usually had to wait about three months between PPVs! That means a really good feud and it's direction could be developed easily in time for the next PPV. Could you imagine people waiting that long for PPVs now? More waiting = more hype, excitement and interest.

RAW at that point was dubbed 'The HHH show'.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/06/13 at 5:59 pm


The Monday Night Wars in the mid-late 1990s started the one PPV a month situation which was, in my opinion, the worst thing to happen to wrestling. Gone are the days when something can be hyped over a period of time, we enter into the age of instant gratification. Plots and angles were and still are given less time to develop and I got sick of the same old shtick happening so often in a short period of time. The brand split just made it worse.

I remember when the WWF only featured the big 4 (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series) around 1988-1992. We usually had to wait about three months between PPVs! That means a really good feud and it's direction could be developed easily in time for the next PPV. Could you imagine people waiting that long for PPVs now? More waiting = more hype, excitement and interest.

RAW at that point was dubbed 'The HHH show'.


attitude era pwns  the 80's era  lol,  but yea there is no time to build story lines. But good news is theres no brand split anymore  they killed it off in 2012  theres no draft either,

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 7:24 pm


Probably why I enjoyed watching wrestling in the 80s & 90s and was turned off by the characters in this era.


Do you watch it now with guys like Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler? ???

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 7:25 pm


I personally think some of the best storylines came from around 1988-1992 and this was the time Pat Patterson was creating the angles for the wrestlers.


and now today you have all these soap opera storyline writers. ::)

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 7:27 pm


I remember them really trying to push the Brand Split really hard during this era. Raw was always more storylines and Smackdown had more matches. It seems from mid 2002-mid 2004 Smackdown was the better show. You had Kurt Angle, The Guerreros, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, John Cena as a heel, etc.  on the Smackdown Roster and Paul Heyman was in charge of the writing for a little while. I always felt that Raw was relying way too much on Triple H.


and today they don't do the brand split any longer cause they call their shows now "Supershows". Raw guys can appear on Smackdown and vice versa.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 7:30 pm

I remember when the WWF only featured the big 4 (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series) around 1988-1992. We usually had to wait about three months between PPVs! That means a really good feud and it's direction could be developed easily in time for the next PPV.

but now WWE has no time to hype up storylines cause the next PPV would be 2 or 3 weeks after the PPV before that.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/06/13 at 7:36 pm


I remember them really trying to push the Brand Split really hard during this era. Raw was always more storylines and Smackdown had more matches. It seems from mid 2002-mid 2004 Smackdown was the better show. You had Kurt Angle, The Guerreros, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, The Big Show, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, John Cena as a heel, etc.  on the Smackdown Roster and Paul Heyman was in charge of the writing for a little while. I always felt that Raw was relying way too much on Triple H.


The Ruthless aggression era is my #2 era in wwe it was really good, not Attitude era good, but its a good 2# right behind it. I would perfer the Ruthless agression era to any Hogan era that happened . I am not trying to be a biased , but Ruthless agression era was VERY entertaining. Best of all it was tv 14.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/06/13 at 8:17 pm

You remember when John Cena was a thug?

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: warped on 03/06/13 at 8:34 pm


Do you watch it now with guys like Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler? ???

I haven't watched wretling since the 90s. I got bored with it.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: popguru85 on 03/06/13 at 10:03 pm

I

raw picked up in late 2004 tho, smackdown sucked

I respectfully disagree 2004 was an 'eh' year for WWE. I enjoyed 2005 a lot more.
Raw really gained traction in Summer 2005 with Cena/Jericho feud, Shawn Michaels mocking Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle just doing some of the best work of his WWE Career, Matt Hardy/Edge/Lita storyline.
On Smackdown you had Orton/Undertaker and Batista/JBL Feuding. The Best of 7 Between Booker T/Benoit was cool too.
You also had the Original ECW One Night Stand reunion PPV.

2006-2007 was ok but DX reuniting was obviously watered down due to Shawn Michaels religious beliefs and relaunching ECW initially was a bad idea due to the roster (making the ECW originals look old and forcing Bobby Lashley) but by 2009 was one of the better WWE shows (Christian as ECW champ, Sheamus debuts, Zach Ryder, etc.)

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/07/13 at 7:00 am


I haven't watched wretling since the 90s. I got bored with it.


So you don't know who these are even if I wanted to show you pictures?

http://theenigmaticgenerationofwallpapers.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/sheamus-great-white-wallpaper.jpg?w=840
Sheamus

http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/superstar_bio/public/talent/bio/2012/01/alberto-delrio-bio.png
Alberto Del Rio

http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/superstar_bio/public/talent/bio/2012/04/ryback_bio.png
Ryback

http://www.dirtsheets.com/storage/dolph.png?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1347618582011
Dolph Ziggler

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/07/13 at 7:03 am

2006-2007 was ok but DX reuniting was obviously watered down due to Shawn Michaels religious beliefs and relaunching ECW initially was a bad idea due to the roster

I hated that Dx it was so kid-friendly and the new ECW was awful.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: warped on 03/07/13 at 7:05 am


So you don't know who these are even if I wanted to show you pictures?


That's right Howard, I don't know who they are.
Ryback looks like "mini-me" with a beard.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/07/13 at 11:29 am


II respectfully disagree 2004 was an 'eh' year for WWE. I enjoyed 2005 a lot more.
Raw really gained traction in Summer 2005 with Cena/Jericho feud, Shawn Michaels mocking Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle just doing some of the best work of his WWE Career, Matt Hardy/Edge/Lita storyline.
On Smackdown you had Orton/Undertaker and Batista/JBL Feuding. The Best of 7 Between Booker T/Benoit was cool too.
You also had the Original ECW One Night Stand reunion PPV.

2006-2007 was ok but DX reuniting was obviously watered down due to Shawn Michaels religious beliefs and relaunching ECW initially was a bad idea due to the roster (making the ECW originals look old and forcing Bobby Lashley) but by 2009 was one of the better WWE shows (Christian as ECW champ, Sheamus debuts, Zach Ryder, etc.)


Yeah Raw was good in 2005 I will agree. The Matt Hardy/Edge/Lita Fiasco WAS SUPERB.  Alright so I take it back 2005 is when raw picked up.  Ecw was good the first couple of shows tho.

Funny thing in 2005 Dolph Zigglar was a on Raw you may not have remembered . Then in 2006 he was repackaged again.

http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/ep_trending/public/reign/image/2009/02/2448464.jpg


http://img1.subituimagen.com/1381.jpg

I remember watching this and being so shocked
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHhF843_E_U

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/07/13 at 1:11 pm


That's right Howard, I don't know who they are.
Ryback looks like "mini-me" with a beard.



actually he's supposed to be a carbon copy of Goldberg and the audience chants his catchphrase "Feed Me More, Feed Me More".

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/07/13 at 1:24 pm

How about when they repackaged Chavo Guerrero?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsfztADiH9M

Kerwin White-"If It Ain't White, It Ain't Right".

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: warped on 03/07/13 at 1:26 pm



actually he's supposed to be a carbon copy of Goldberg and the audience chants his catchphrase "Feed Me More, Feed Me More".


Aha. Sorry , I don't know him.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/07/13 at 2:14 pm


Aha. Sorry , I don't know him.



Ok no problem.  ;)

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: thenewtattoo on 03/07/13 at 3:17 pm


Aha. Sorry , I don't know him.


this is the only thing you missed watching lol

Stone cold vs Hulk hogan  it never aired on tv    but a clip of it is seen here from 2002

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDjcl_cOSac

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: popguru85 on 03/07/13 at 8:36 pm

I now have the urge to play Here Comes the Pain for PS2

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/08/13 at 5:35 am


this is the only thing you missed watching lol

Stone cold vs Hulk hogan  it never aired on tv    but a clip of it is seen here from 2002

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDjcl_cOSac


It should've happened but Hogan at that time was about to leave again and Stone Cold wasn't in the greatest shape.

Subject: Re: WWE- The Ruthless Agression Era

Written By: Howard on 03/08/13 at 5:35 am


I now have the urge to play Here Comes the Pain for PS2


I have the urge to play Stone Cold vs. Hulk Hogan on my WWE 12 game.

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