Don't forget Austin has been on ESPN quite a bit over the last five years. They've seemed to have adopted him as their official wrestling diplomat.You are forgetting a big one...one that has had two #1 best-selling books.
As a writer myself, I can assure you that at least in book circles Mick Foley is a household name. I would venture to say not as much as listed above, but moreso than Chyna, Sable or Jake "The Snake".
Also ahead of those three, I would have to put Goldberg and the nWo. The nWo especially considering every major sport at the time had athletes wearing the shirts and whatnot.
Foley, of course! Okay, I officially give up on my little list now... just missing way too many....
Seriously, out of any wrestlers who have had cross-over pop culture success, Foley's the one I respect the most. Not only was his first book the best I've ever read -- wrestling or otherwise, and I do read a LOT of books -- but the way that he acheived mainstream success was commendable.
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For me there's a couple of times when I loved everything going on in a promotion pretty much. ECW for basically the whole run of Raven on top until the Barely Legal first PPV. NWA 1988-1989 was the best run of wrestling ever.