Survivor Series 1999 was the start of one of the greatest storylines of the Attitude Era. Who ran over Stone Cold Steve Austin was the talk of the town. It produced some of the funniest (the Steve Blackman & Shane McMahon promos, Mick Foley's investigation), the weirdest (Rikishi's I did it for the people, I did it for the Rock promo) and the best matches (Stone Cold vs. Triple H at Survivor Series 2000). It had a year of great built-up.
However, underlying in that event was the supposed triple threat match for the WWF Championship between Triple H x the Rock x Stone Cold. Arguably the greatest triple threat match to never happen. This match never occurred because of the story-line that Stone Cold got ran-over by a car and the behind-the-camera injuries of Stone Cold.
The replacement for Stone Cold during the event was the Big Show who went on to win the WWF Championship that night. However, it was rumored and, what some of the fans were thinking, was that Test could have been the replacement for Stone Cold. This was the time when Test was fresh-off the McMahon-Martin wedding which was interrupted by Triple H. He was way over with the fans and had a good PPV showing against Shane McMahon at SummerSlam 1999. He never actually had a feud with Triple H after the wedding incident.
So if you had to book that night? Who would you have chosen to replace Stone Cold that night? Test or the Big Show?
Personally, I would have picked Test. The Big Show after Survivor Series had the worst WWF Championship feud in history, in my opinion, against the Big Boss Man after this event. It was funny and bad TV. The Big Show would then lose the title to Triple H the Raw after the new year. Test, on the other hand, was one of the most agile big men in that time. Trained by Stu Hart, he had both a power and a little high-flying moves in his skill set. Moreover, he had the look of the time. The only downside for Test was that he was subpar as a stickman. If Test would've won the title that night, he could've had faced Triple H at Armageddon. This could have changed the career of Test both in the short-term and in the long run (we all know that the Big Show would win a world championship one way or the other later on)
I forgot about the WWE liking to change the title on the first Raw of the year. They done it in '99 with Rock to Mankind as well. Let's hope they don't continue that trend in 2013...
Anyway, on topic. Test would have made some logical sense but I had no real issue with Big Show stepping in and getting that obligatory little run. His feud with Bossman was ludicrous but funny and then he dropped the title to HHH so they could get down to serious business on the RTWM. Sure, he was a part of the ME at 'Mania that year but let's face it, no one was turning up to see Big Show in that match. Foley lasted longer than him and he was retired!
And as a side note on the whole Austin being run over thing - they shouldn't have fucked about with a big, stupid swerve and making Rikishi the driver when he wasn't even with the damn company. No frills, no Russo-esque decisions. Austin comes back, raises Hell looking for the driver and finds out in dramatic fashion it was The Game. They have their feud as it went from Survivor Series 2000 and everything is fine in the World.