Originally Posted by KeepinItReal
I'm not saying he's as good as the Rock, I'm saying he's pretty much as popular as he was. Major ratings draw, but not as big as Hogan or Austin. If I'm wrong I'd like to hear it, but I think only Hogan or Austin are in a higher category then the other major stars from the modern era. I don't mean to insult anyone by comparison to Cena; HBK and Hart were incredible, but like Cena, they were the big stars during mediocre years for the company. Rock was there when it was really popular, but only because of Austin; the ratings drop which we continue to suffer through today began right around when Austin got his big back injury in November 1999.
Yeah, that's true, I can't say I know he's a nice guy. But I do think he does a great job of realistically playing a nice guy, and realism is all you can ask for in wrestling. The fact that older fans don't like Cena doesn't change the fact that he's doing a great job of playing a very popular character.
Rock at one time was one of the most recognizable human beings on the planet. He's guest starred on popular tv shows and has been in box office blockbusters. Rock got damn near every single person in every arena to their feet clapping and cheering in unison. He introduced the word SmackDown into popular human jargon.
Rock is and was on an entirely different planet of popularity than Cena ever was