So this week on the WWE Network, I’ve started watching the new documentary series that the WWE has been releasing on their streaming service lately. The new docu-series is titled, “Ruthless Aggression” which is about the “Ruthless Aggression” era in WWE which took place between the years 2002 – 2008.
Some of you may ask, what is the “Ruthless Aggression” era? Well to explain it real quick, the “Ruthless Aggression” era came when the Attitude Era was just ending in the late 90’s – 2000’s years. Stone Cold quit the WWE toward the end of the Attitude Era and the Rock Dwayne Johnson was just transitioning to become a Hollywood actor at that time. Since two of the most biggest main eventers left WWE… the company needed new main event stars… so that’s where the “Ruthless Aggression” comes in. They wanted stars to step-up and hopefully become even bigger stars.
“The Ruthless Aggression” era… saw the purchase of WCW during that time which this era included in the WCW Invasion angle which means that this helped bring back Hulk Hogan during this era. This era also saw the return of the NWO wrestling faction toward the end of this era.
In the “Ruthless Aggression” era was also the introduction of John Cena. Keep in mind, that Cena didn’t get main event status over night. He started off as a rookie/mid carder type of wrestler like everyone else… it took him a while to become the big main event star and Cena was huge back in the “Aggression” era. I used to hate John Cena back then but I don’t anymore. I respect the man so much now. Cena is the greatest of all time and you’re definitely looking at a future Hall of Famer here for sure. I’m a huge fan of Cena, my respect grew pretty slowly for him over the years, though.
Also, the Ruthless Aggression era helped give main event status to new stars at the time: Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, JBL, RVD, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, etc. Yes, they may have already been around WWE before then but they all became bigger stars during this era.
The Aggression era was also the era of the Undertaker as the American Badass biker gimmick. It was also the era of Edge & Christian, Matt and Jeff Hardy, the Dudley Boys, Trish Stratus and Lita.
Watching the first two episodes of “Aggression” on the WWE Network, I remember everything shown on it. Brings back a lot of memories with me being a lifelong wrestling fan and I’ve watched WWE throughout my whole life pretty much.
The “Aggression” era wasn’t always good, though… it had some good moments and terrible moments. I hated the Billy and Chuck gay angle for example and the awful Kane vs. Triple H feud (ya know, the Katie Vick necrophilia stuff that sparked a lot of controversy).
The “Aggression” era also saw the introduction of “The Money in the Bank” ppv’s.
This series on the WWE Network is interesting and I’m gonna keep watching. It looks like they’re only releasing one episode a week, though, a new episode after RAW on Mondays.
I’m a lifelong wrestling fan and I love looking back in the old days. It’s good to refresh your memory and re-learn wrestling history ’cause it’s all pretty historic stuff. That’s one reason why I subscribe to “WWE Network” ’cause I love looking back at old-school wrestling.