Originally Posted by austin316 G.O.A.T
^Cant believe how you said one scene trumps the most successful commercial star film industry has seen.
Godfellas was a great movie.But 95% of Tom Cruise movies has made more money than that movie
Tom Cruise is also more marketable than Deniro.
See, this is where I prefer the division in video games (actually it exists in all forms of entertainment). You have your casuals and you have your "core" gamers. With movies you have your casual viewers and you have your film buffs. With wrestling you have your obvious casuals and core fans as well.
Your core always brings the critical success while casuals bring financial success. Who the GOAT is, really, depends on subjectivity than it's given credit. It's already been stated that all Hogan really had going for him was charisma... Frankly, he also had the image and those two things combined make for some serious marketability. Combine those aspects with the fact that he carried a pretty universal message and you've got a superstar, for sure. I mean really, what casual person isn't going to connect with the buff, outgoing dude that speaks on behalf of the American dream and staying out of trouble.
Same with Cena. People are going to back him up for being the guy that preaches a message of respect and being a good person. Parallel this with movies... Tom Cruise, for example, is at the very least above average as an actor, he's attractive, he's marketable. And like Hogan and Cena he often plays the likable hero as well. I think there is less distinction between movies and wrestling than it's given credit here actually. They're different dynamics, but similar principles. Sure, Austin, Hogan, Cena, and Rock have all kept the business afloat and at the very least the Rock and Austin have been and will continue to be influences on many wrestlers to come.
Hogan and Cena though? I don't think they're cited as major influences for people within the business, quite frankly. In fact, a lot of wrestlers today mention HBK, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, and a handful of others that weren't always the biggest draws (well, Flair was pretty big), but were great at their craft. Isn't that impacting the business as well? They might not be bringing in money directly, but they're inspiring other people to become wrestlers. HBK in particular couldn't draw for shit and did nothing for the bottom line, but he influenced probably the vast majority of wrestlers that are up and coming today. I think that's just as much of an impact, if not MORE of an impact than becoming a household name or drawing millions of dollars.