Okay here we go....
Austin and Rock are put on far too high a pedestal. Anyone can recite lines when they have them written on their arm or have people whispering them in their ear (Rocky). Austin became a star because he did what so many people want to do in real life. Nail their boss with a painful shot. People love them some a that bullshit.
I love Austin and Rock, but top say that they are what a professional wrestler should strive to be is silly. Rock has better MIC skills then Austin, because austin is better at making his action do the talking for him. His action packed promos put his work on the same level as rock in terms off making the crowd eat him up. However they are no better at getting a crowd reaction then John Cena. I class Cena, Austin and Rock on one level. A level where, they can get their reaction in their promos and they can put on a good match with a good opponent. However, none of those three have the greatest technical ability in the ring and only get support in their matches by coming back from nowhere to put in however much of their respective finishing sequence tyhey are using for a specific match.
Chris Jericho can do a hell of a lot more in the ring. He can take the ass kicking and make it look real, then he can take some more. Then he can come out and bring all sorts of crazy offense out. His matches are always more unique. They don't just follow the same exact pattern. In that way his in ring work far outshines the other three. Now lets talk about his mic work.
Chris Jericho could incite a fricken riot if he wanted. He doesn't even need to speak to bend the crowd to his will, but when he does. You listen to every single word he says. The guy is a legit rockstar and knows how to talk to a crowd. He gets them wanting more like nobody can. Yes he spent time in the midcard, because he knew he would get back to the main event when it benefitted the business not just himself, he knows the business is about making money and if the best way to make money is for him to take a back seat for a while. He does it.He takes the feud in the mid card and he makes it damn well entertaining! When I watch videos from the Attitude era, it aint jericho I fast forward through. because he doesn't bore me to death with the same old stuff each and everytime.