While retrospecting on the past few years in pro wrestling, it seems as if none of them will be remembered as a whole for being one of the greatest years in history. Of course, each year had its share of spectacular moments, but not enough to make that particular year memorable.
When the smallest thing isn't well received by the audience in today's age, there's always that one person (or quite a few, it depends) that states the most overused phrase ever heard by any wrestling fan:
"The Attitude Era was way better."
Now, I'm not going to state whether the Attitude Era is indeed better than the WWE PG product we've come accustomed to, as that is not my motive for writing this article. Moreover, I've chosen a time period in WWE that certainly stood out to me as the most influential and fresh years in professional wrestling—the start of the Ruthless Aggression era in 2002.
Personally, I feel that 2002 is truly one of the most underrated years that most wrestling fans often overlook, despite its numerous fresh starts, innovative concepts and the birth of many potential main eventers. Sure, it not have been as popular as the Attitude Era during its prime, but 2002 was the first major step towards the future of the WWE.
On a side note, I'm extremely excited and honored to declare this as my milestone 200th article here on Bleacher Report. Thank you all for continuing to read my material and deliver feedback, as your support has motivated me to continue to pursue writing. As cliche as it sounds, without you there would be no me, so I give you thanks for helping me make it this far.