Originally Posted by validreasoning
Who were equal of Hogan (84-91) or Austin (98-01)?
Rock was never FOTC
And yes there were people who mainevented but until you establish your top general you can't determine his or her ranking officers underneath.
WWE will continue throwing shit at the wall hoping something sticks (like TNA did for decade+) if they don't soon build around someone.
The Rock was essentially a big enough star to be considered one of the many "faces" of the company. You had stars like HBK, Bret Hart, Jericho, Kane, Angle, Mankind, Taker, Triple H, etc who could all be interchanged in the main event. In Hogan's time, you had Steamboat, Savage, Piper, Andre, etc who could all be looked at as top guys. Even the women's division through time has had worthy talent that you could look at and see being interchangeable (Victoria, Lita, Molly Holly, Sable, Trish, Jazz, etc) Now it's all about Charlotte and only recently, Becky.
Yes, Rock/Austin/Hogan were pushed harder than the aforementioned talent, but at the same time, you could look at all those guys as worthy superstars. As talent that could take over if someone was injured for example. If you put all your eggs in one basket, you end up with the current product, where no one matters and everyone looks like a geek. You can't put all your respurces in one guy and have him main event 4 Manias in a row. Now look where we are, there isn't ONE guy who can be taken seriously.