Rock and Austin fans, it's discussion time. Time to settle this once and for all.
So my apologies, i know this is the umpteenth time this is being brought up. But I realized something after reading multiple topics about it. This isn't meant to come at Austin fans at anyway, but Why do Austin fans like to downplay the Rock? Sometimes it comes across that Austin fans feel "threatened" or something when it comes to mentioning clear evidence of how the Rock emerged as his overall (in wrestling and out of wrestling) "equal" in during their era and how he even surpassed him in terms of being in wrestling and becoming an even bigger mainstream star<<< now me saying that prolly lites up Austin fans but why? Stone Cold for what he meant to the WWE will always be marketed as the "GOAT" and the most "PWOAT." He's an icon, legend, game changer; The Rock trailblazed in his own way to make himself a legend/icon in his own right. I don't think there's ever been a bigger example of 1a and 1b that I've seen in wrestling. If Cena left the WWE right now, they'd be screwed and I can't stand Cena, but it's true. That clearly wasn't the case in the Attitude Era.
Examples of Downplay? The latest "why wasn't it Austin/Hogan" thread where the rock was referred to as a "smaller" star, as if he wasn't "worthy" of facing Hogan. I watched during that period, and from what I remember, if anything it was the opposite at the time.
And for people bringing up "The Rock got booed." Um, yeah its Hulk friggin Hogan returning to the PPV that he MADE in TO-RON-TO aka smark city. I think anyone going against hogan would've been had a mixed reaction, yes including SCSA.
Find the thread and read my response (page 7). Cause i don't get it. Why can't it just be accepted that one can't be mentioned without the other in the Era? I don't care what Vince or anyone else says either. "The Rock wasn't quite Stone Cold" << Okay cool, duh? 98 was the most important year in WWE history, Austin broke every record in the book, no disputing that. But despite, at times, poor booking decisions, jobbing repeatedly, being put in stupid tag team feuds, Rock still made himself one of three most over stars in the companys history is clearly the most successful mainstream star associated with the WWE, ever. Did people not see some of that coming while he was full time and exploding on the mainstream scene with or without Austin there? So once again i'll post my question at the end of the response in the Hogan Austin thread.
"What I do know is that while yea i guess people try to "overplay" the rock's stardom, but IMO more people seem to go out of their why to downplay it. It's baffling to me and it doesn't make any sense.
Does anyone care to explain why this happens?
I'm serious btw, i would like for someone to answer this question in a non-bias manner too. Cause as a longtime pro wrestling fan it really doesn't make any sense at all."
Last edited by The Main Headliner; 01-13-2013 at 11:25 AM.