Re: Could HBK and Austin have went on to have one of the greatest rivalries...
Not with HBK as he was back then. He would have just wanted to bury Austin and would have made trouble backstage.
In HBK's mind back then he was the biggest deal the WWF had (he wasn't) and he would have caused trouble and started his unprofessional diva antics both in the ring and backstage. It would have ruined the feud and it wouldn't have been allowed to be the epic feud it could potentially be.
I still think HBK getting injured in 1998 was the best thing that could have happened. That way the likes of Foley, The Rock, Austin, HHH, Kane, Jericho(later on) could reach the level they needed to, help each other along and be the main focus without some pilled up little diva trying to bury them and derail their careers just because he couldn't see past his own ego.