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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Scott Shifflett to break down the 6/24/02 Raw and 6/27/02 Smackdown. They discuss the birth of Ruthless Aggression, the well done storytelling of the Jeff Hardy/Undertaker feud, Undertaker's move towards tweener, BookDust truly arriving, a depressing match between two ECW legends, the continuing Lesnar/RVD conflict, John Cena's excellent debut, and much more. 
 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Ben Locke to discuss King of the Ring 2002. The pair discuss a hot opener between Van Dam and Jericho, Test in the tournament, a not very "cruiserweighty" Cruiserweight title match, a hidden gem between Guerrero and Flair, Bubba Ray being shoehorned, the frustrating presentation of the Women's Title feud, Hogan putting over Angle, Lesnar's crowning, a very rough main event, the Rock making his presence felt and much more.  
 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Lewis Maynard to discuss the 6/17/02 episode of Raw and 6/20/02 episode of Smackdown. The two discuss the use of Steve Austin's departure as storyline material, a new direction for Ric Flair, some nice promo work from Eddie Guerrero, the final bracket heading into King of the Ring, the hot return of the Rock, Lance Storm's grievances with America, more awful comments for Molly Holly, Jaime Noble breathing life into the cruiserweight division, an odd but fun match between Kurt Angle and the Undertaker, and much more. 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Shawn Kidd to discuss the 6/10/02 episode of Monday Night Raw and 6/13/02 episode of Smackdown. The two discuss Steve Austin's infamous sudden departure, the Flair/McMahon showdown for supreme ownership, an unfortunate turn in the Molly/Trish feud, Shawn Michaels's first promo back, Booker T's standing with the NWO, Triple H holding Smackdown hostage, Hogan's new role in the company, Jericho & Storm teaming, Angle's humiliation, and much more. 

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Steve Riddle to discuss the 6/3/02 episode of Raw and 6/6/02 episode of Smackdown. They break down Raw's fascination with gross stuff, the last legs of the Austin/Flair feud, Shawn Michaels's big return, the world title picture, Maven receiving some treatment from Torrie Wilson, a solid match from Kurt Angle and Hardcore Holly, Edge's injury, the early stages of the King of the Ring tournament, great beatdowns, the debut of Jamie Noble, and much more.

 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined again by Scott Shifflett to discuss the 5/27/02 episode of Raw and 5/30/02 episode of Smackdown. The pair discuss a big hometown return, a misstep in Brock Lesnar's ascension, Kevin Nash trying to revive the NWO, the tension between Booker T and the NWO, regular guy Tommy Dreamer, a weird time for the Hardyz, a classic ladder match between Guerrero and Van Dam, the sorry state of the tag division, a surprising Undertaker/Orton match, Triple H back in the title picture, Edge and Angle taking their feud into a steel cage, and much more!

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by the immaculate Jennifer Smith to discuss the 5/20/02 episode of Raw and 5/23/02 episode of Smackdown. The pair analyze the surprising chemistry between Van Dam and Undertaker, insufferable Bubba Ray, Raven going after Jerry Lawler’s character, Steve Austin and Eddie Guerrero at the bar, Kurt Angle’s interesting twist in losing his hair, young Randy Orton, Hulk Hogan’s supposed farewell, the continuing McMahon/Hogan feud and so much more!

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Aaron George to discuss WWE Judgement Day 2002.

They breakdown a litany of wrestler deaths from the time, the noose motif of the show, a hot opener for the IC strap, an uninspired Dudley encounter, Brock Lesnar laying waste to the Hardys Boyz, Booker T's antics, multiple handicap matches, Kurt Angle trying to escape his haircut, an indulgent cell match, the end of Hulk Hogan's reign, and much more.

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Shawn Kidd to look at the 5/13/02 episode of Raw and 5/16/02 episode of Smackdown as the Judgement Day card gets cemented. They discuss a new promotion set to debut, the next chapter of the Lesnar/Hardy Boyz feud, Flair as NWO leader, a Flair/Hogan match in 2002, a new NWO member, Edge’s issue with Triple H, a huge crowd reaction for Hogan, a big tag match to hype Judgement Day, and much more.

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by the immortal James Gruenburg to talk the 5/6/02 episode of Raw and 5/9/02 episode of Smackdown. They discuss Getting the F Out, NWO Big Show, Goldust's pursuit of Booker T, Hulk Hogan crushing Undertaker's bike, Ric Flair's turn, the Triple H/Jericho feud, a surprising Triple H loss, the debut of Batista, Randy Orton as a rookie babyface, Kurt Angle giving us a preview of the hair vs hair stipulation, and much more.

 

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Scott Shifflett to dive into the 4/29/02 episode of Raw and 5/2/02 episode of Smackdown. After a rundown of news and notes, they discuss the repetition of the Flair/Austin feud, an asinine hardcore match, a surreal tea party with Hogan and Regal, a brutal beatdown by the Undertaker, Kurt Angle's shirt reveal and a new wrinkle to his feud with Edge, Jericho bringing the goods in the Smackdown main event and much more. 

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake Williams is joined by Logan Crosland to break down the Backlash fallout with the 4/22/02 episode of Raw and 4/25/02 episode of Smackdown. They discuss the build of Brock Lesnar, mopey Ric Flair, a great Undertaker beatdown by Triple H, Trish Stratus as top face of the women's division, Stone Cold and the lackluster Raw main event scene, Kurt Angle's great heel work, the debut of Randy Orton, a hot main event on Smackdown, and much more!

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Tyler Kelley (who attended the show live) to break down the first brand split PPV: Backlash 2002. After some background with Tyler, they discuss a hot cruiser opener, a rough outing for Bradshaw and Scott Hall, a solid women's match with Trish and Jazz, athletic showcases in the strong mid card, an interminable match from Undertaker and Austin, Ric Flair floundering in the GM role, and the culmination of the Hulkamania resurrection in the main event.

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Shawn Kidd to break down the final push to Backlash with the 4/15/02 Raw and 4/18/02 Smackdown. After some quick background with Shawn, the guys look at a long in ring promo to start Raw, the disappointing state of the hardcore division, Planet Stasiak, the birth of BookDust, another great Brock/Hardys confrontation, a nice showing from Bradshaw, the complexities of the Hogan and Triple H feud, and much more!

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Scott Shifflett to break down the build to Backlash with the 4/8/02 Raw and the 4/11/02 Smackdown. After quick chat on Scott's history with the era, the guys discuss the convoluted #1 contender situation, Bubba Ray as a singles wrestler, a hidden gem between Undertaker and RVD, the Brock/Hardys feud, a well done NWO segment, Canadian wrestler fashion, lecherous Vince McMahon, the awkward build of Hogan/Triple H, and so much more!

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Calum McDougall to break down the post draft fallout on the 4/1/02 Raw and the 4/4/02 Smackdown. After quick chat on Calum’s history with the era, the pair break down a huge return to Raw, the battle over Stone Cold’s contract, the start of Bubba’s singles run, the rebirth of Hulkamania, a roulette of backstage segments, the suddenly barren tag division, the floundering NWO, the great heel work of Angle and Jericho, and a hot Smackdown main event, and much more! 

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In the very first episode of The Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, host "Jambalaya" Jake Williams welcomes Logan Crosland to break down the 3/25/02 Raw and 3/28/02 Smackdown. After a brief discussion of Logan's history with the era, the guys discuss the presentation and execution of the first brand split draft, the floundering NWO, Hogan and Rock as buddies, the break up of the Dudleys, one last bar brawl for the APA, Triple H as a face champion, some star studded tag matches, and much more!

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