Yes he was. Biggest on the roster actually. SD 2003 was significantly higher than 2004, that year they were working TVs in 3k arenas sometimes. First of all, WM19 never did "worst of all time", and second, selling point match was Hogan/Vince, Vince blamed that along with the Seattle market. "Brock had to work all of the house shows" ?? Nobody worked all the house shows, they had brand shows and HHH was working most of the year on his brand with his injury, Brock and Angle drew bigger on their brand.
It was one of the worst WM buyrates. I'm pretty sure Vince/Hogan was a big attraction match, just like Brock/Goldberg was for the following year, not the key drawing match for WM 19. Even Torch newsletter credited Lesnar/Angle for the WM 19 attendance record iirc. The last time I checked HHH got hurt in a house show against goldberg and didnt work any of them for few months.
When Brock left SD was a dead program, around that time Angle was also injured and that started the fall of the show to what it is now. Vince himself said on OTR interview that Brock was becoming bigger attraction every year and he did everything to keep him. In late 2003 Brock signed a huge contract, Vince offered him that deal because he was the top star of the company. That contract will also become a big problem for Brock when he left because according to it he couldn't wrestle until it expired(2009-2010 IIRC). I don't think you know about this situation from what you wrote there. Most of it not close to reality.
You cant trust what Vince says. He was probably putting him over as he always does with all the guys that he made. No different than vince calling hogan the GOAT one year and austin the GOAT next and shawn michaels the next. Yes, I know about that contract issue and the lawsuit that followed when lesnar left to japan. Vince tried to keep him because he gave him an insane push to make him a star, put him over all the top stars, obviously as a promoter he wasnt going to let him go after that kinda investment.
The standard for success is never biggest of all time, according to that logic, any basketball player besides Jordan is worthless. WM29 has the potential to break it if they're doing Rock/Brock. Until now he did good business, on TV he did peak most of the time or did record opening like this week and sold out shows after his return in Apri + the increase on PPV at ER and probably Summerslam, not happening without his name on it.
I never said, he wasnt a success though. I meant you cant determine how big of a draw he really is until Mania 29 next year. Brock's return thus far hasnt been overall ratings success like Rock's 2011 return was.
Such BS. Especially the bold part. Armageddon did the lowest buys at 240,000(look it up), which was a Raw PPV headlined by HHH, Goldberg and Kane. Didn't affect business one bit? Heck No Mercy 2004 did almost 100,000 less than No Mercy 2003. SD in 04 was without Brock, Hogan, Rock, Vince, Piper even Benoit. Angle was injured. Big Show took time off. Eddie couldn't do it alone and it showed. SD were doing shows in convention centers at times.
Hmm.. weird the website from which I've 2003-2005 ppv numbers saved, had No mercy at 0.46 buyrate and armageddon at 0.49 buyrate. Thats why I noted No mercy 03 as the lowest of the year.