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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined again by Scott Shifflett to break down the 7/29/02 Raw & 8/1/02 Smackdown. The two break down more talent raids, an interesting turn in the Triple H/Shawn Michaels saga, Rock as workhorse champ, a wild Three Minute Warning, a hot Smackdown opener with Mysterio and Tajiri, the upcoming showdown between Hogan and Lesnar, Noble & Nidia, and much more.  

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Tyler Kelly to break down the 7/22/02 Raw & 7/25/02 Smackdown. The pair discuss the first episodes under the new GM regime, talent wars, an fantastic Eddie Guerrero promo and match with the Rock, the cool dynamics of the shawn Michaels and Triple H angle, the DX and ensuing Triple H turn, the debut of Three Minute Warning, a solid debut for Rey Mysterio, Edge and Jericho reigniting their feud in a steel cage, and much more.

 

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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake is joined by Shawn Kidd to break down WWE Vengeance 2002. The two discuss Michaell Cole & Tazz, a fun tables match, the greatness of Jamie Noble, Triple H & Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar looking like a monster, Booker T closing the door on the NWO, a big title win for the UnAmericans, a fantastic star studded main event, the road to SummerSlam, and much more.
 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Matt Souza to break down the 7/15/02 Raw and 7/18/02 Smackdown. The two look at some cromulent tag matches, the official end of the NWO, Eric Bischoff's historic arrival in WWE, Stephanie McMahon's return, a possible Velocity match sneaking onto Smackdown, the company in a state of flux, the intrigue in the main event, a hot Angle/Rock main event, the final push to Vengence, and much more.
 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes Steve Riddle to break down the 7/8/02 Raw and 7/11/02 Smackdown. The pair discuss the continued focus on BookDust, a historically bad showing from Jackie Gayda, use of the ECW alums in Philadelphia, Kevin Nash's quad, The Rock's official return and his promos, Chris Jericho left in the lurch, John Cena being put in a another prime spot, and much more. 
 
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In this episode of the Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, Jake welcomes JT Rozzero and Logan Crosland to cover the 7/1/02 Raw and 7/4/02 Smackdown. The three man booth look at two notable shows falling in the same week, an unexpected opener between Brock Lesnar and Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy looking to make himself famous against Undertaker in a ladder match, Triple H maybe joining wthe NWO, the sorry state of Big Show, more fun from BookDust, Lance Storm trashing America, a fantastic moment for Edge and Hulk Hogan, the continued focus on young talent, a hot title match between Undertaker and Kurt Angle, and much more. 
 
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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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