Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: suppose Shawn had turned face instead of Diesel at Survivor Series 94...
Of course it wouldn't.
The problem wasn't who the champion was. It was who the champion had, which was no quality heels.
Doesn't matter who the champion is, as a babyface, you're still fucked. If Shawn doesn't remain heel, you have no Sid, who was only brought back to work with Diesel. If you don't have Sid, you likely have Bundy as the first post-Wrestlemania challenger from the Million Dollar Corporation. You're still getting the Mabel push. You still have every problem you had in '95, except a different guy is going to get the blame 21 years later for why it was such a bad year.
From a business perspective, this definitely changes nothing. On that end, the only difference between Shawn, as champion, and Diesel, as champion, as that Shawn could sell-out MSG. Neither could do shit anywhere else.
So, from a product standpoint and a business standpoint, doesn't really matter who the champion was. That year had more problems than who carried the prop.