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5 greatest storylines of the Ruthless Aggression Era

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Vince McMahon getting his head shaved
Vince McMahon getting his head shaved

In the summer of 2002, Vince McMahon addressed the entire WWE roster, telling them that they needed to show him "Ruthless aggression". Kurt Angle came out on an episode of SmackDown in the wake of Vince's address, and issued an open challenge to anyone in the back who was tough enough to face him inside the squared circle.

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Out came John Cena to his generic theme, and the duo went on to have a nail-biter. These events marked the beginning of one of the greatest eras in WWE history, now famously dubbed as the "Ruthless Aggression" Era. It lasted till July 2008, when WWE publicly announced that the company was going PG. Let's take a look at some of the greatest storylines that wowed the fans over the course of those 6 legendary years.


#5 DX vs The McMahons

DX took on The McMahons at Summerslam 2006
DX took on The McMahons at Summerslam 2006

Shawn Michaels beat the tar out of Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 22, but the boss didn't seem to quit hounding The Heart Break Kid. The heated rivalry continued after The Show of Shows. Triple H ended up annoying Vince on an episode of Raw, earning him a Gauntlet match against The Spirit Squad.

The cheerleading group was on the verge of finishing The Game when out came Shawn Michaels, and the duo fended off the villains, as a horrified Vince watched from atop the ramp.

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After 8 long years, DX was back again. For the next several months, hilarity ensued on Monday Night Raw as DX made Vince McMahon's life a living hell with their skits and pranks. Some of the pranks went too far, like when the DX logo was slapped on the Stamford HQ as well as Vince's private jet. DX reigned supereme in the end, when they destroyed The McMahons and The Big Show inside Hell in a Cell and went on to feud with the newly formed Rated RKO.

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