Yes, WWF was on the rise when The Rock came into prominence. But The Rock took that steam and took that success to new heights. His segment with Mick Foley was the highest rated in RAW history. It didn't involve Austin. Austin was the guy that got the WWF to the point it was at and he had handed The Rock that baton by the middle of '99 whereupon he was the biggest star there up until he left after losing to Lesnar. We shouldn't be using the adversity of lack of adversity to judge the ability of the talent in any case. You're making Rock down because he had good talent to work with, that's not a bad point and just proves how talented he was to shine on that roster. The corporate structure fro Flair's successful period was totally different and so drawing in actual figures isn't comparible, but I don't think anyone could make the case for Flair outdrawing The Rock when both at the height of their influence. Let's just call drawing a non-issue in this. Of course he was assisted, as was Flair. Talent can't draw fighting themselves. Anybody who is successful is so using the talent around them to put them there. If you want to say that Flair had inferior guys to work with, then you have to say The Rock technically outdrew him, which is why I said drawing isn't really comparable, too many variables involved. Or decided he wanted to be an actor. Maybe he had always wanted to be an actor. If he decided he was too big for wrestling, why did he return and give his everything all over again? And return at WM 20, and at the behest of Eugene, and on Smackdown in 2008, and at the guest host of mania 27 and wrestle, conflicting with his schedule and injuring himself, actually wrestling when he didn't have to. Was forced to distance himself from wrestling because he wanted to be a successful actor, because of the negative stigma attached to pro wrestling and because of other factors (Benoit murders). As soon as he got to the point where he was a big enough actor to overlook those things, he was back giving back to the fans who got him to that position. He was bigger than the WWE when the returned, he was making hella money, the only explanation as to why he did it really is appreciation and respect for the understanding that he couldn't have gotten there without the platform of wrestling. I'm not sure where you're getting this information. Rock career had been on a steady rise since leaving the E. When he returned to the company, he certainly didn't need to money. Whilst being there he was doing some of his biggest films ever, and yet he stayed there well beyond the success of films like Fast Five, The Other Guys and Get Smart, all of which came out at least 6 months before he returned to the WWE. I don't know why I'm arguing this anyway, it's got nothing to do with the result of this fantasy match, whether you unfoundedly think the Rock returned to the WWE just to profit from it. What we have with The Rock is a guy who was addicted to wrestling and didn't know when to give it up even when it was good and obvious he was way past it, compared to a guy who knew exactly how to market himself and keep himself at the top of the pile for as long as he was there and never overstayed his welcome. The Rock and Ric Flair are two of the most entertaining wrestlers of all time. You may say that because of Rock's prime, he had the opportunity to touch more people than Flair, but their careers overlapped quite significantly. Truth is, Flair was the best at doing it in his generation and Rock was the best at doing it in his. There's no travesty in either guy going over, but I think most people just see The Rock as the bigger draw of the two and the most capable on squeezing out a win.