Does it seem weird that heels, especially heel world champions, would throw it in people's faces that they are the reason that attendance is so high? Like World Champ JBL used to always say stuff like, "You may hate me but I'm the reason you're all here!"
I feel like if I'm a fan and legit hate a wrestler and he says something like, "You're all here to see me," my reaction would be, "Oh yeah? Then I'm not going to see you!"
JBL was one of the lowest drawing WWE champions in history, so if he was bragging about attendance then you can rest easy knowing he was a big fat liar.