Five of the best WWE moments from the Ruthless Aggression Era

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WWE announced this week that a new docuseries is coming to the WWE Network this month based on the Ruthless Aggression Era.

The new five-part docuseries coming to the WWE Network on February 16 will focus on the Ruthless Aggression Era in the 2000s following the end of the Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW.

With the Attitude Era behind them, WWE transitioned into a new era in the 2000s, which saw the rise of some of the company’s most well-known stars such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, and Brock Lesnar.

The Ruthless Aggression docuseries will cover several different topics.

These include the split of the main roster between Raw and SmackDown, the introduction of new match types, Cena’s debut, Orton’s destructive attitude in his early years, Lesnar demanding a move to the main roster, and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s frustrations.

Throughout the entirety of the Ruthless Aggression Era, there were several memorable moments that live long in the memory of many WWE fans. Here are some of the best moments from that era in WWE history.

Honourable Mentions

  • Triple H vs Shawn Michaels Rivalry
  • The return of The Deadman
  • ECW One Night Stand 2006
  • John Cena brings Ruthless Aggression
  • Women’s Championship match main events Raw
  • Eric Bischoff becomes Raw GM

Edge’s Money in the Bank cash-in

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The Ruthless Aggression ushered in new match types into WWE and one of those was the Money in the Bank ladder match, which was won first by Edge.

The Rated-R Superstar was the first person to cash in the Money in the Bank contract, and he did so at New Year’s Revolution in January 2006 against then WWE Champion John Cena.

Edge delivered two Spears to Cena to win the championship, and all eyes were on his celebration the night after.

However, the success and strength of the Money in the Bank cash-in concept from this day helped it become a key part of WWE’s programming.

Batista’s decision

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In the build-up to WrestleMania 21, Batista had to decide if he would face the World Heavyweight Champion Triple H or the WWE Champion JBL following his Royal Rumble win.

The Game did all he could to try and make Batista challenge JBL, even going as far as running him over in JBL’s limo, but The Animal saw through the charade.

When it came to the contract signing for WrestleMania, he teased Triple H and Ric Flair with a thumbs up while holding the SmackDown clipboard. However, he quickly made this a thumbs down, to the surprise of The Game and Flair.

He then took them both out before delivering a Batista Bomb through the table with Triple H and signing the Raw clipboard to confirm their grudge match at WrestleMania 21.

The Rock Concert

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One of the most entertaining moments of the Ruthless Aggression Era was when The Rock delivered an acoustic guitar concert in Sacramento 2003 during his heel run.

The Great One sung a song called ‘Leaving Sacramento’ (sung to the tune of Fats Domino's "Kansas City"), ripping into the city as well as Stone Cold Steve Austin.

One of the lines included: "The absolute best part about being here in Sacramento...is that in about an hour and a half, The Rock is going to leave Sacramento,” which, as you’d expect, gave him huge heat.

Ripping into the crowd, plus the fact he was coming back after spending time away in Hollywood making movies, was enough to give The Rock mega heat in his feud at the time with The Texas Rattlesnake.

The Rock vs Steve Austin - WrestleMania 19

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After years and years of feuding with one another, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin met in the ring for one final match at WrestleMania 19.

The two icons were the faces of WWE during the Attitude Era, but they were meeting for one final time at WrestleMania 19 to end their rivalry once and for all. It would be Austin’s final match in WWE as well.

The Texas Rattlesnake, however, did not go out on top. After a series of finishers from both stars, which included both of them using the other’s finisher, The Great One won the match with three Rock Bottoms for the pinfall victory.

After sharing some words in the middle of the ring, The Rock left the ring so that Austin could receive the standing ovation he deserved for his years of service, bringing his time as an active performer in WWE to an end.

Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit’s celebration

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One of the most heart-warming moments of the Ruthless Aggression Era was Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit’s celebration following their world title wins at WrestleMania 20.

Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle first on the night to retain his WWE Championship, while in the show’s main event, Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

Guerrero then joined Benoit in the middle of the ring after the main event to close out the show with one of the most loved photos in WWE history.

On this day, two underdogs celebrated their world title wins on the grandest stage of them all.

WWE's Ruthless Aggression docuseries will be released on the WWE Network on February 16.

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