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Biggest Star in WWE History

  • Hulk Hogan

    Votes: 69 43.1%
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin

    Votes: 34 21.3%
  • The Rock

    Votes: 34 21.3%
  • The Undertaker

    Votes: 10 6.3%
  • John Cena

    Votes: 2 1.3%
  • Shawn Michaels

    Votes: 8 5.0%
  • Ric Flair

    Votes: 3 1.9%
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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.

You're probably right. The post I was referring to also referenced to PPV buy rates and live event attendance, I think. I wish I could link it, it was a really good post with interesting statistics.

I don't think the Rock necessarily sold out more shows then Hogan or Austin or DX or anyone, but I'm not 100% sure.
 

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You're probably right. The post I was referring to also referenced to PPV buy rates and live event attendance, I think. I wish I could link it, it was a really good post with interesting statistics.

I don't think the Rock necessarily sold out more shows then Hogan or Austin or DX or anyone, but I'm not 100% sure.
Well 2000 was WWF's most successful year financially (I have that in bold because I meant before it became WWE and before the Brand Split changed how they make their profit), that should give you a hint.

Like I said merchandise sales help, but the real question is "Can you sell out an arena"? DX may have been popular, but they were not main eventers, their position on the card was no higher than say, D-lo Brown.
 

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Ummmm, what is Ric Flair doing in a "biggest" WWE star list?

This one is easy: Hogan, Austin, and Rock. All of them. Remove one and WWE won't be the same.
True, give Rock his respect. With Austin gone in late 1999-late 2000 who else was over as Rock? Exactly, no one else. Undertaker and HHH have never been able to carry the company as a babyface, they either had to be the heel or below Rock/Austin if they were babyface.
 

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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 thought Rocko advertised his merch at every Raw/Smackdown show, with the 'Finally, The Rock has come back to ___', there was alot of those shirts in the crowd saying 'Finally....'
 

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why isnt Andre on this list he was wrestling first global star. Anyway Austin by far is the biggest and greatest star in WWE history. Austin came in at a time when wrestling was changining and the WWF was getting killed by WCW and became the big hero the WWF audience needed and ran with it. He became so big and in 2 years turned the WWF into a billion dollar company which Hulk Hogan didnt he made millions Austin made Billions
 

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Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan did more bad then good, when WWE was getting killed by wcw in ratings austin brought wwe to life, in my eyes no one comes close to steve austin, you can even hear the fans say What? to this day i dont see any hulkamania fans out there anymore.
 

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Hogan. No one else comes close. Love him or hate him, Hulk was a cultural phenomenon, something that no other wrestler has been able to achieve fully.
 

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Any answer other than Hulk Hogan is wrong.Also Michaels, Taker etc. being on the poll is hilarious.
Basically my thoughts on this.

Undertaker, Shawn and Cena? Flair in a WWE history list when he's hardly done anything in the WWE? Nice to see the brainwash thing is working somewhat when it comes to the former three.

If we want to get technical about things, even Andre The Giant was a bigger star than Shawn/Taker/Cena. As was Sammartino.
 

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The reason we area all here on this website posting about wrestling is because of Hogan
 
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