Few wrestlers today have the same type of appeal as Steve Austin and The Rock did, let alone have the same appeal to the SAME degree as them. How I came up with the central issue of this thread is..I was thinking how Sheamus(I just discovered that through YouTube a few days ago) was once a Bodyguard for the band U2! And I thought, how big of a success is he now? Obviously being a bodyguard for Paris Hilton or some band, even if its U2 is not some type of a success, as you're just another piece of muscle who gets to surround these celebrities in order to "protect" them in arenas and elsewhere. And if you look at Sheamus now, there's obviously one benefit in that he probably makes a lot of money as one of WWE's solid performers/workhorses. He's also somewhat famous, far more than when he was a bodyguard anyhow. But, what really struck me was- is Sheamus really that much of a deal? Sure, in fake wrestling, he's a multiple-time world champion, MITB winner, Royal Rumble Winner, tag champion, KOTR, US champion, but at the end of the day, could you really call him a "Star" like you would- Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Brock Lesnar or Kurt Angle? This got me to a realization that in Wrestling, if you take any name, most wrestlers or superstars evoke only one image in mind, that being, "Oh sheamus, he's a wrestler, he wrestles..just like Cesaro does". And isn't that exactly how we'd identify Dean Ambrose? Could we really say Sheamus and have someone's mind go, "OMG, Sheamus!" the same manner as they would, "OMG, The Rock!" even back in 2001? Think about it...logically, The Rock in 1998 was still another guy with stature and muscle, alongside Kama Mustafa, D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry. He was, in fact, on the same level as HHH or Billy Gunn(except that he was a charisma and popularity timebomb..just ticking, and HHH wasn't). And in 2001, just say 'The Rock', and no one would think of him as we'd today think of Sheamus or Dean Ambrose, as "just another wrestler". And that only intensified beyond 2001 once the Rock/Dwayne Johnson went on to become one of Hollywood's most iconic and successful actors and action stars. With that being said, is it fair to say that when someone says "Roman Reigns", more than 5 out of 10 random people comprising of say..hardcore fans, casual fans, and non-fans or someone who's just barely aware of WWE or wrestling, would have any better reaction to the thought of "Roman Reigns" as being anything more than "Another wrestler" or "some guy who wrestles in the WWE" ? What sort of a response or reaction would the mention of Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro and pretty much everyone on the roster(except may be AJ Styles) evoke in those 10 randomly selected people? Lastly, a really tricky and interesting question- how would you differentiate between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in terms of this same measurement of Popularity/Appeal not just in Wrestling globally, but a little beyond, say, in terms of being a Celebrity/Icon. Bring it on!