Just pick one
LMFAOCena shouldn't be on this list. Cena's fans are kids and horny women. The other guys on the list had fans of all ages.
Don't know about that, Rock's popularity peaked in 1999 (he wasn't any more over in 2000 IMO, Austin just wasn't around so it seemed that way) and the years '99 and 2000 were the peak of WWF's popularity. They were dead even in 1999 IMO, both got some of the biggest pops of their careers that year.I think at his peak in popularity Austin was more popular than The Rock and Hogan, but Hogan did it for far longer than Austin which made him a part of like 90% of America's childhood/adolescence for atleast a decade. The Rock has also maintained and even expanded his popularity by jumping to Hollywood.
Yeah, the biggest merchandise sellers are usually those who promote it all time. Rock was definitely was a big time merchandise seller, but in 1999-2000 I don't think he promoted his merchandise as much as Austin did (I think the only shirts he wore a lot were his Layeth the Smacketh Down Shirt and Just Bring It shirt). With Austin you were guaranteed to see him with a T-shirt, same thing with DX, they wore their shirts pretty much all of the time, that's why their merchandise sales are also very high. With Rock you mainly saw him in $500 shirts or a plain black/white shirt on, but yeah, promoting the merchandise heavily helps you out in the long run. IMO merchandise sells are only a small part of what makes you big, DX were one of the biggest merchandise sellers of all time but really, does anyone actually think they were huge stars at the time, I don't really think so, they were midcarders (or in HHH's case uppercarders) at best. What really makes you big is if you can sell out a show on your name alone, The Rock has done this, that's why he's a bigger star than you think. Remember there were huge draws in wrestling before merchandise was ever even a thought, they sold out arenas to get that title in the beginning, merchandise came much later.I remember a couple of months back when I first joined the forum someone did an excellent post, referencing WWE's merchandise and buy-rate statistics, when determining WWE's biggest star ever. From what I can recall he determined that Stone Cold was easily the biggest merchandise seller of all time (taking into account inflation, availability etc.), Hulk Hogan was a far second. So in terms of merchandise sales, it's Steve Austin. Not sure, if that's what you'd base stardom off though.
I would give you the link but it was from a while back.