What other PPVs? There was Money in the Bank and Over the Limit last year. Those were the two that had D-Bry versus Punk head to head for the WWE title. I am not knocking the stance of Bryan or Punk, nor am I knocking their abilities in the ring. I am just pointing out the fact that in the "now" that you implied, Punk and D-Bry are not tearing off the proverbial "fucking roofs" as you have put it. Nor have they been doing so for the better part of 6 months. If you were implying house shows then we'd be looking at right around the 5-6 month mark. Is your point to the fact that the prototype for the WWE superstar has changed in general because that is not what the bolded part that I highlighted was talking about.
Also - 10 years ago we had HBK, Benoit, Guerrero, Angle, Jericho, Edge, Christian, Rey Mysterio... I am not so sure these athletes you speak of are the "ground-breakers" you are making them out to be my friend.