Re: Rebook the WrestleMania 13 main event if Shawn Michaels isn't injured
The problem with a lot of these facts are all of them could be true, but also not up to date.
The plan as of Wrestlemania 12 was to do it again at Wrestlemania 13. Hart was taking time off, he comes back and gets his win back. At this point Austin getting over and being in the title picture isn't even thought of.
Bret comes back and wants to work with Austin and it gets over. Sid basically gets the random title win from Shawn that Shawn denied Vader of. Come January Austin is so hot they have him "win" the rumble.
The fact of the matter is Austin isn't dropping too low on the card now.
I've also heard Vince was now looking at Taker vs Sid, while Bret vs Shawn is getting moved away from the title. Some people say Bret vs Shawn was going to be a hair vs. hair match. Obviously we know now that Sid vs Taker ended up happening.
So Shawn's not injured, but I still think it would've been hell booking him and Bret. I think they would've just said the hell with it. I also think Austin's too hot to drop now. I see Shawn still going over Sid at Final Four.
Now what I don't see is Bret winning the Final Four. They wasn't going to do the same match they just did last year with time still as faces. Bret was clearly headed towards a turn anyway. So I don't think he would've pinned Shawn. No point in doing that rematch now. I think through some fuckery Steve screws Bret one last time. Steve wins the Final Four. Bret turns on Raw. Since Steve and Bret are both heels now that kind of cans their match. Bret still needs something to justify his heel turn though, seeing as him and Undertaker were both at the end of the Rumble and in the Final Four. I think they can figure at Bret vs Taker match out. I also think this is the match Ken referees. Sid still can't drop too low. But I've just knocked him out the top two matches. So the next big match has to go to him.
At this point though anyone credible is heel: Bulldog & Owen, Mankind and Vader. Vader had the highest booking at that point so I think you turn Sid face for Vader.
That frees up Mankind and Bulldog and Owen. Owen and Bulldog were semi feuding anyway. So I'd just have them do the match as tag champs but fighting for the Eurobelt.
Mankind's free now and I think he takes Rocky's IC belt.
I scrap the tag team fatal fourway completely. Headbangers were only getting time on Shotgun anyway, and had just debuted. You could build them up later.
Goldust vs Hunter still stands as does the 6 man tag street fight.
Shawn Michaels defeats Steve Austin for the WWE Championship. (Bret interferes to turn Steve with no fault on Shawn. Steve and Bret go back to feuding).
Undertaker defeats Bret Hart.
Sid defeats Vader.
Mankind beats Rocky Maivia for the IC title.
Bulldog defeats Owen Hart.
Hunter defeats Goldust.
Ahmed (sigh) and LOD defeat the Nation.
I tried to do this without "knowing the future".