Originally Posted by Cactus
Would it be accurate to say that Inoki is the most successful/best drawing pro-wrestler of all-time bar Hogan?
No. Because then you'd have to say he's better than Rikidozan, who holds the record for most watched thing on Japanese television ever.
As for Inoki vs Hogan, the answer, as with most wrestlers whose drawing ability is compared to Hogan is poorly. Hogan was what allowed Wrestlemania to be what it was and give WWE the charismatic presence it needed to put all but one relevant federations out of business, and then turn around and almost put WWE out of business. No matter your metric, Hogan wins.