Originally Posted by sikkbones
Even hogan didn't carry it alone in his era, he always had, macho and/or warrior around.
The roman empire will never start until Vince realizes that.
Don't forget Piper. Watching The War to Settle the Score I honestly believe Piper had as much to do with the initial 85 Wrestling boom as Hogan.
Same goes for Austin I guess. Granted part of that was Austin being hurt but remember Austin wasn't on TV all the time. Obviously there's the period from 99 to 2000 where Austin was hurt so The Rock took over. But there also periods like in December 1998 when Austin was no on RAW so the show was focused heavily on DX, Mick Foley, The Rock, and Vince McMahon. WCW Nitro could have won that month if it wasn't for the other talent.
Cena despite being a face also had a pretty deep roster pool when he was "the guy" with people like Batista, Orton, Edge, Jericho, HHH, HBK, Angle, Undertaker, CM Punk, and Jeff Hardy. Cena started out as kind of a disappointment since he was pushed pretty fast. But his weakness was masked by the talent in roster when he was the guy.
Right now WWE is putting all their basket on Reigns. Which would be fine if he was a draw but ratings and live attendance does not indicate that and that period between 2010 and 2015 where WWE has failed to create new stars has started to show it's consequences. The only "draws" WWE could rely on now are part time guys like HHH, Angle, Lesnar, and, last year, Goldberg. Bigger problem now is that WWE has relied on this model that they can't get past focusing on these guys as opposed to building up the current talent they have. I mean Survivor Series 2017 kind of shows that with how that main event turned out.