Re: Why Didn't this guy work?
During that time of 1996 Mero was actually higher on the card than Austin even though both were midcard talents. Austin was perceived as a low-mid talent, hell after he won the KOTR he didn't make the Summerslam card and Mero was in a feature match with Goldust and then won the IC title not too long afterwards. Things changed when Bret Hart came back though and Austin leap frogged him and became an upper-midcard talent.
Mero was apart of the up-swing in both Austin & Triple H's careers. Its amazing what an insignificant part of history he ended up becoming. Because of his match with Austin at KOTR, Austin was being put over as a legitimate tough guy. He dropped the IC title to Hunter in a well scripted sequence where Mr. Perfect turned heel, that began HHH's push.