In response to the ongoing quarantine due to COVID-19, The Rock has been gifting fans a ton of Q&As from his social media accounts. The most recent topic The Great One covered was naming his pro-wrestling Mount Rushmore, which includes rival Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and a fourth spot that he continues to rotate through with other top legends.
My wrestling Mount Rushmore would be ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ Steve Austin,” he revealed. “That fourth person, I always kind of keep blank because I vacillate back and forth between “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Dusty Rhodes.
Rocky would go on to explain his choices, stating that they were all top draws for the industry during their peaks as superstars.
You always want to pick people who have had the most impact on the wrestling business, who have moved the bottom line, but also, most importantly, they just have this intangible, this X-factor, where they can connect with the crowd and connect with an audience,” he explained. “And the bottom line is with those three individuals that I mentioned – Hogan, Austin, and Flair, they really moved the company’s bottom line. They moved the NWA’s bottom line, the WWF and the WWE’s bottom line. In terms of drawing power, these were the biggest draws in the history of professional wrestling and that’s all that matters,” he said. “You can have 15 world titles and 27 other kinds of titles that you have nowadays, but the bottom line is how strong can you draw, and are you selling arenas out and are you breaking records. Really, that’s the bottom line, and those three guys have. I think Sammartino did for a very long time. Bob Backlund had an incredible run too as well.
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Check out the video below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)
(Special thanks to Randy Cruz for sharing)