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.
Batman Vengeance predictions? A Ricky Flare interview? Plus who the hell is Miguel Huracanrana? All these answers and more in the latest Inside The Ropes!
Maybe it's just me, but we've now seen two of Kevin Thorn's matches and one of CM Punk's, and I think so far I like Thorn better. He has some nice, crisp power offense and a unique look. Punk's alright, but he didn't look nearly as sharp last week.