Paul Jones was a top name of the 70's. Multiple time Florida Champ. Mid-Atlantic Champ. US Champ. Texas Champ. He won 'top' titles all over the place. Just because the business he worked in operated under a different model than the one you're used to watching today doesn't change that. Also Wahoo McDaniel, Dick Slater, Rufus R Jones... were big names for their time. Wahoo especially would have been a name that for his time was on par with virtually anyone Cena's been up against. Slater was a top draw in any territory he was in throughout the 70's and early 80's. Rufus Jones isn't really the greatest example to be throwing out, but then again, Cena's fought more than his share of mid-carders too. As for your claim that most of Funk's opponents never rose above being 'regional' stars. Different time. Different model. Those were the limits that those guys had to reach... unless you happened to have the political clout to go the next level like the Brisco's, Funks, Rhodes, Races, ect. Don't compare the apples to the oranges. The guys you're casually dismissing as nobodies were every bit the stars of their time that the guys you're putting over from the time that you do know are. In the 70's when Funk was NWA Champ... many of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Edge, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Batista and Kevin Owens would have been nothing more than 'regional' stars. A couple of them may have broken through like Funk did, but you'd probably be surprised at the guys who wouldn't have.