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Was the Rock the best example of being bigger than the face of the company?

Usually the face of the company is the most popular star with biggest fanbase and charisma.

80's- Hogan was the face of WWF and transcended wrestling and became household name. Everyone knew who he was.

mid 00's- Cena became FOTC for 10 years and no one rivaled his popularity. He is now starring in movies and pretty mainstream.

AE- Stone Cold was face of the company and received the biggest pops. The biggest merch seller and made WWF millions of dollars. But Rock, who was less over (still popular though), became the bigger mainstream star.

Is Rock prime example of a wrestler becoming more popular than the FOTC/main star on the same roster?

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Re: Was the Rock the best example of being bigger than the face of the company?

Yes.

The Rock is far bigger than pro wrestling in general. I would even say he is above it.
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Re: Was the Rock the best example of being bigger than the face of the company?

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Yes.

The Rock is far bigger than pro wrestling in general. I would even say he is above it.
I wonder if anyone saw it coming. Stone Cold was by far the biggest star during AE and got massive pops. Rock got big reactions too but not like Austin. Fans always preferred Austin over Rock (even though Rock was popular too). But it was Rock who became a massive maintream superstar. Imagine if Hogan was face of WWF in 80's but Piper or Flair became the Hollywood star.
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I wonder if anyone saw it coming. Stone Cold was by far the biggest star during AE and got massive pops. Rock got big reactions too but not like Austin. Fans always preferred Austin over Rock (even though Rock was popular too). But it was Rock who became a massive maintream superstar. Imagine if Hogan was face of WWF in 80's but Piper or Flair became the Hollywood star.
I dunno.

By late 1999, I think Rock was slightly more popular.
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I wonder if anyone saw it coming. Stone Cold was by far the biggest star during AE and got massive pops. Rock got big reactions too but not like Austin. Fans always preferred Austin over Rock (even though Rock was popular too). But it was Rock who became a massive maintream superstar. Imagine if Hogan was face of WWF in 80's but Piper or Flair became the Hollywood star.
Doubt it, if anything, putting him on the nation and giving him a mic was a last gasp situation. At best he was supposed to be that era's Randy Orton. But he exceeded all expectations.
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Re: Was the Rock the best example of being bigger than the face of the company?

My mother and father has no clue who "The Rock" is.

But my mother and father knows who Hulk Hogan is.

He's a megastar in Hollywood, but in todays celebrity world, he's one of many.

Hulk Hogan became a face on an entire sport industry. Just like Gretzky and Jordan.

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My mother and father has no clue who "The Rock" is.

But my mother and father knows who Hulk Hogan is.

He's a megastar in Hollywood, but in todays celebrity world, he's one of many.

Hulk Hogan became a face on an entire sport industry. Just like Gretzky and Jordan.
I think you misunderstood my question. I am saying The Rock was the rare one who was bigger than the face of the company aka Stone Cold. Hogan was face during his time and no one was bigger than him. No one was bigger than Cena during his time. Some might say Batista is a bigger star with GOTG. But SCSA was more popular than Rock but Rock became bigger.
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AE- Stone Cold was face of the company and received the biggest pops. The biggest merch seller and made WWF millions of dollars. But Rock, who was less over (still popular though) became the bigger mainstream star.

I think by mid to late 1999 he did become more popular, and the year after he was definitely the FOTC, and if I'm not mistaken, that was the year that the company peaked financially.

From late 1999 till he left in 2004 he was their top star, but I think a lot of people don't see him as a FOTC type guy because he was never pushed as one. He had to overcome a lot of political crap to reach that spot. If you look up his AE WM record, he's 1-3, and his only win was by DQ against Shamrock, he basically lost ever world title main-event he's been in.

The Rock never won a world title at WM, let that sink in..


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Re: Was the Rock the best example of being bigger than the face of the company?

By the end of '99, Rock was every bit as big as Austin was. By the end of '01, he was arguably bigger than him. So even though Austin was seen as the FOTC during that time, the truth is both guys were on equal level with one another. They were much closer in stardom than, say, Hogan and Savage were.
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Perhaps you could argue Punk although I do think Cena still wins there. He can't come close to Cena in Hollywood but he did give him a run on who was bigger from 11-13 and did have some success drawing in MMA. Also if he were to comeback it would be huge for wrestling. Much bigger than any Cena match now.

But yeah Rock is the shining example.
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