Originally Posted by prosperwithdeen
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.
None of them were equals to Hogan or Austin though. Rock wasn't equal to Austin as Austin mainevented like 19 ppvs in 98-99 while rock only mainevented 4 and two of those were against Austin both of which he lost.
You will always have maineventers and yes wwe had studd, Andre, wonderful, rude, Piper etc in 80s yet look what happened in 92 when Hogan left they freaked out put belt on Bret who hadn't been built to that level, tried to get warrior and Hogan to put him over which failed, then tried pushing guys like Yoko, Luger, Diesel, babyface Shawn who again weren't ready or fans rejected them.
Attitude era had all the stars but what happened in 2002 once Austin left..Lesnar who wasn't ready get pushed, then Big Show is champion, then a multitude of ex WCW guys like Steiner, flair, Piper, Goldberg, Hogan, Nash are maineventing ppvs or in top storylines in 2003. 2004 saw Eddie/Benoit (perennial midcarders in fans eyes) on top then JBL then rookie Orton bring pushed..it was a mess similar to today because there was no focus.
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.
Reigns maineventing four manias isn't the major issue. I mean two of those he lost, one ie taker match be gained nothing because taker was awful and the whole aftermath focused on taker not reigns and reigns got his ass handed to him by Strowman then Lesnar for next 12 months anyway in tv and ppv
Reigns still feels like a guy not the main fotc. He has his segment on raw or SD and leaves but his segment has nothing to do with rest of show. Complete opposite of Austin in 98/99 where everything was built around him even if he wasn't on TV and sat at home.