Tippy top status


Hey Scott

You mentioned in a previous answer that HHH didn't become a "tippy-top guy" until his third title reign in January 2000.

I know it's a bit arbitrary, but when would you say the following (if at all) reached tippy-top mount-of-perpetually-over status?

Cena
Bryan
Punk
Brock
Orton
Rock
Austin
Foley
Batista
Kurt

Cena:  The HHH match at Wrestlemania.  
Bryan: Probably the cage match with Bray Wyatt where he escaped the Wyatt Family.
Punk:  The pipebomb would be the obvious choice, but the HHH feud really derailed him for a while.  I'd say it wasn't until about 6 months into his title reign that he really solidified himself at that level.
Brock:  Winning the UFC title from Randy Couture.
Orton:  That whole feud with HHH with the kidnapping and stuff.  Yeah, the blowoff sucked, but it really turned him into someone who was the hottest thing in wrestling for a while and he never fell below a certain level again after that, whereas in 2005 there were serious questions about where he would end up.  
Rock:  The ladder match with HHH at Summerslam 98.
Austin:  Duh, the Bret match at Wrestlemania.
Foley:  I would argue that he never reached that level.  He absolutely managed to diminish his own stardom over the years.  On a different level, you could say that Have a Nice Day going #1 opened the door for wrestling books and made him a literary star, but as a wrestler, not so much.
Batista:  The HHH matches in 2005.  Right out of the gate.
Angle:  TAP OR I'LL BREAK YOUR FUCKING ANKLE, ROCK!