Originally Posted by peter_midnight
The problem with the Rock isn't that he isn't full black, but that he never plays that up nor has the WWE. The WWE could have easily played up the fact that he is their first black world champion, but they've never done it. The fact is that even Booker T back in 2000 made a joke about him not being a "mandingo" like himself on a BET talk show with Tavis Smiley. The irony is that the Rock has "borrowed" from many black wrestlers in his promos, IceMan King Parsons being one of them. I'm half black myself and find it rather disappointing that other than acknowledging his father, Rocky has never really played up the black side of his family, but that's his business not mine.
Therefore, I would have to go with Booker T. Ron Simmons did a lot for sure, but Booker T is arguably one of the best of the late 90s and certainly was OVER in 1998. Even Kevin Sullivan after he was sent home by WCW in 2000 said that one of his regrets was that he didn't make Booker world champion sooner and said he could have been the Ric Flair of the 2000s. That says a lot right there.
You realize that Kevin Sullivan is a complete and utter nut bar who believes his people from the planet Zornot will take over the world, right? Ok, maybe not to that extent, but the guy is a nut.