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post #47 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 08:34 AM
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Re: G.George,Thez,Hogan,Austin-4 men with most impact on pro-wrestling?

Originally Posted by Rock316AE View Post
No that was Mike Tyson who made the huge difference. Austin was hot at that time but Tyson was the attraction.

As for the thread, no.

George brought mainstream to the business in the early days, Thesz innovated moves and was a pioneer to many in ring aspects, Sammartino was the biggest domestic and consistent drawing card of all time, Hogan was able to put wrestling on the map worldwide and broke all records domestically, Hogan started the second boom with Hall and Nash and the nWo storyline. Austin took it and sparked it even more on the WWF side and was able to turn profits as a true game changer. Rock started his rise, took over after only 3 years as an active worker, transcended the industry like no one else, gave the product more exposure than ever before, and on top of that, broke all their records IN the wrestling business and had the biggest year for any wrestler in history, along with the greatest year for any company ever on his back. Continued his meteoric success after his full time career, came back and broke HIS records after a decade. Became bigger than the industry itself, a worldwide media entertainment brand and is a more recognized figure than the WWE logo. Impacted the entire concept of what an entertaining wrestler should be, on what you can verbally do as a character, on The People's Elbow versions you saw over the years, on the fact that the Top guy in the business today was an attempt to create another megastar performer and mainstream personality that will be able to come close to his caliber. He inspired a new generation of superstars who became wrestlers because of him and tried to put his magic touch in different aspects of their work, from their arsenal to the way they're trying to carry themselves to the mic time they get. When you say wrestling, you say The Rock, you say Dwayne Johnson, or at worse, 5/10 you say Hulk Hogan. The Rock is untouchable as The GOAT because he made it on the highest level in and out, which is why anything "Wrestling" without his name on it is a big and clear No.
While it's difficult to disagree with the points you made, I think you're missing the point of the thread. It's about which four people had the biggest impact on the pro-wrestling industry, not who was the most popular of all time or who was the greatest of all time.

While Rock may be a bigger figure outside of the wrestling industry, I'm not sure he was more important to it than Austin. If it wasn't for Austin kick-starting the WWF into the new era and carrying it for as long as he did, who knows where the WWF/E would be today? Including The Rock.
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