Re: Why the British Bulldog wasn't permanent main event guy?
There is actually an article about this in this month's Fighting Spirit Magazine (it's been ten years since he died). In Britain Bulldog was a really big draw for the company - although the artificial boosting of numbers from Wrestlemania III stops the WWE from acknowledging it, Summerslam 1992 drew the largest verified paid attendance ever at a pro-wrestling event. Equally impressive was the merchandise sales from the show: $1,456,203 (of which a large percentage was Bulldog merchandise) which, to this day, stands as a record for any WWE live event. Bulldog was also the face of WWF for the British fans when Sky TV really began to push and promote WWF programming in the early 1990s. In 1991-1992, WWF was the biggest thing going in Britain, and Bulldog was our homegrown hero.
I think that the problems with Bulldog were numerous, though. First of all, after the steroid scandal, Bulldog wasn't seen as a safe bet to push. His chemically enhanced physique and his penchant for drug abuse (Hart claims that Bulldog had been smoking crack for weeks prior to their Summerslam 1992 contest) made him a liability. Secondly, despite his immense popularity in Britain, I don't think that he was a particularly big draw anywhere else. I guess they were worried that, when the wrestling bubble burst in Britain and people began to lose interest, would Bulldog be able to draw in foriegn markets?