Comparing the two era's i'd stay that the RA era was more entertaining. You had top stars as you mentioned but you also still had the hardcore and cruiserweight titles. There was a decent tag division (the dudleys, la resistance, cade and murdoch, the highlanders etc) and i got to see the likes of Trish and Torrie on my tv every week.
The Ruthless Aggression era also had Johnathan Coachman at his best. Bring back the Coach!!!