Ummm, no. Hogan, Warrior and Savage were larger than life. Sting, Luger, nWo, Goldberg, DDP... Hart, HBK, Yokozuna and Diesel too. The Rock, Austin, Triple H, Angle, Lesnar, Hardy, Cena.
Hell, wrestling in it's core is "larger than life", because wrestlers do things that us mortals cannot do.
Hogan was at the start of his reign
Maybe Rock and Austin a few times too
But the problem for me is, Mystique. Let me explain
When Andre ran wild in the world, he was heralded as something genuinely inhuman. Something bigger, both literally and metaphorically than all of us. He travelled from territory to territory to headline the main show. Now the idea is, much of Andre was more rumours than fact. Every person who spoke of Andre said something different. Some said he was 10 feet tall. Some said he had like 3 rows of teeth. Some said he could break the ring by stepping into it. Some said he could carry a dozen men on his back. You didnt know. It was completely absurd, but that was the magic of Andre. You didnt know. How could you? He only rolls around once every once in a LOOOOOONG time. And he never ever lost. Even though he always faced the champion of each territory, he never lost.
So imagine a guy comes around once a year, he looks like a giant, and he just walks in, and utterly destroys your world champion. You see it happening, and in the age of kayfabe, you dont know what to believe. You go home, you tell your kids the story or your friends, and you exaggagerate. And then they exaggerate more. And the rumour grows bigger and bigger. You cant say what really happened, because of the lack of TV coverage and internet. All you know is, you just saw something from the legends of history. Something godlike.
The problem is, with the advent of Cable TV and internet, that magic is gone. Thats why Big Show failed as a giant. Overexposure killed him. The genius behind Andre was moving him from place to place to keep him fresh and keep the legend strong. But Big Show, a man just as big, wrestled on TV every week and every PPV. eventually, the novelty would wear off, and hed be exposed as what he really is..... human. And everyone loses interest. The extra ordinary becomes mundane
The same is true with most wrestlers due to cable TV and internet. When I was younger, i believed Rock and Austin were something Godlike. Mostly since i very rarely got to see them on TV due to where I lived. When I did see them, it was special. Like I was watching something genuinely epic. The rarity is what made them mean the world to me, as well as the as the context. I was just a little kid, what was I to believe?
Now, you wanna know just how strong lesnar is? Theres a stat for that and youtube video. You can assign a figure. How tall is the great khali? figure for that. Also he wore a tutu once. John Cena lifting big show. oh my, how shocking. Oh wait i saw this on TV several time already.
Oversaturation of media has killed any sort of appeal and magic these guys have. Theyve been humanised. Theyre no longer Gods, but at the most.. heroes. Twitter, youtube, dirtsheets, TV every week, everything. Kayfabe, and more importantly, their mystique, is dead. You know theyre human. You know theyre just like alot of you.
The only man who can claim to be more now is Undertaker. We get him once a year. His entrance inspires chills. The Streak. and he only battles the very BEST in wrestling. When you hear that gong, you think, maybe, just maybe, youre about to witness something few will. Someone, or something, not quite human. The last true over the top gimmick. The last stand of old school. The last guy holding onto kayfabe. And the guy who tries his best to protect himself and his identity. Undertaker is one of the few larger than life, because when you see him walking down that aisle, once a year, in total darkness and smoke, with a legend in that ring shaking in fear and 80,000 staring in awe in the crowd, you think to yourself maybe, just maybe, you're about to witness something not quite human. Something Larger Than Life