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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Because some of us don't have even the slightest bit of interest in football, and if they decide to just concede the rating fight and put out several months of filler, their ratings will plummet even further.