Who was the top guy in your opinion for all of 1997?
Was Shawn main eventing more despite Bret being the champion because Bret gave his notice to Vince, and when I say notice, I mean Vince pushing Bret out?^^^DX stole the heat because they went into business for themselves. The deliberate weak representation of the Hart Foundation in the One Night Only PPV where Bulldog was getting whooped by DX and none of the Harts were made to come out until much after the show was over. The promos that were written no longer were the shoots that we saw earlier in the year. Hart Foundation had literally zero comeback lines. Bret was made to feud against a guy who couldn't sell even if his life depended on it. It was decided a month before that making Bret seem less important would allow them to move on after his forced exit.
Shawn was on fire that year no doubt but looking back, if he had his head in the right place, the rivalry with Bret would have done much bigger business.
Bret was the man till Pillman's death and the subsequent decision to let him go as Vince was a sadistic prick who couldn't honor a contract.
Austin was way bigger than Shawn by late 97. Not putting the belt on him til 98 was very deliberate, they could have done it at any point in 97. By December 1997 it was absolutely undoubtedly clear he was the top star.Bret early half, Shawn later half.
RVD always felt like ECWs biggest star from 97 until they went underAll of wrestling? Sting
WWE only?: Bret Hart and to an extent HBK due to being in and out throughout the year (By fall of 1997 it was HBK).
WCW: Sting, even without wrestling until Starrcade, but if not him due to barely wrestling then it's Hogan.
ECW: Taz (feel free to correct me here anyone, memory is a bit foggy I put RVD at first then thought about Raven, Sabu, etc; ECW had a lot of big players for their company)