Birthday Massacre does have a good point. The Rock was very popular, one of the biggest stars in recent WWE history, sold more merchandise than Punk, had more fans, had more success, made more money for both himself & the WWE etc.
But when it comes to 'impact,' did the Rock's popularity change anything in the WWE? Were there more black or Samoan world champions after him? No. After CM Punk, more ROH/indy guys have come into the WWE and become big stars than ever before (Claudio Castagnoli, Tyler Black, Jon Moxley, Sami Callihan, Bryan Danielson, Brodie Lee, etc.).
Originally Posted by birthday_massacre
I don't know about Waltman, but if it was anyone, then it would be more like Jericho and HBK. Both of them were multiple time world champions and both were under 6ft tall.
Shawn Michaels is 6' 1" and Chris Jericho is 6', were they shorter when they won the world title or something?