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Re: Are CM Punk and Daniel Bryan the last larger than life characters the WWE produced?

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Neither are mainstream relevant or pop culture figures.
I wouldn't say mainstream but the fact that the Yes Chant was chanted at other sporting events does show that Bryan had at least some relevance in circles outside of wrestling. Same with the hype, merited or not, Punk got going into UFC.

It may be a venn diagram case where wrestling fans at those events started Brian's chant or Punk's hype and it caught on from there, but it doesn't change where it originated.


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Time will be the victor in this case. I believe they are larger than life 'performers'. Thats why they are who they are.
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Punk and Bryan "Larger than life" characters?
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Neither are mainstream relevant or pop culture figures.
And that isn't a bad thing. Fans these days care too much about drawing and main stream appeal. Wrestling is a niche product. You even hear about fans talk about Rhonda rousey and Connor mcgregor and their drawing ability. It's sad that fans can't just enjoy something for what it is and have become marketing gurus.
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Right answer is Cena
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Chances are if you asked a random person on the street who Punk and Bryan are, they wouldn't know who DB is and if they've heard of Punk its probably due to him getting his ass beat in UFC.
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I'm sorry but I grew up in the 80s and 90s and I don't view Daniel Bryan and CM Punk as being Larger than Life at all.
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Roman Reigns by definition is larger than life.

Hell, you could make the case for anyone that has gotten over.

The BC, Naito and Okada are most definitely larger than life.
None of those people are larger than life.

Larger than life is for the big fishes in the big pond.

Roman Reigns, the Bullet Club, Naito and Okada are small fishes in the big pond of popular culture. Whether that be the popular culture of America or Japan.

Stone Cold and the Rock were big fishes. The Rock still is. On their most relevant days, the relevance of Roman Reigns, the Bullet Club, Naito and Okada combined is dwarfed by the relevance of the Rock either now or in the late 90s, and is similarly dwarfed by the relevance of Stone Cold in the late 90s. Or the Hulkster in the late 80s. "Larger than life" requires transcending your industry for an extended period of time. All three of them did. Roman Reigns never has and never will. Same with the BC, Naito and Okada. CM Punk never did either. Neither did Bryan really.
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