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Old 12-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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)
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Damn shame that the originally triple threat match didn't go down between HHH, Austin and Rock. Would've been an awesome match to see.

It would've been cool if that same match was booked maybe a year or so later, when HHH was a solidified main eventer.
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Test should've replaced Austin but not win the title.have Triple H retain. The when Austin returned, have Test turn heel by announcing that he was driving the car.
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unless they just went ahead with the advertised 3 way match anyway then they were just writing their way into a corner with this one
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The decision to replace Austin with Big Show rather than Test may have had to do with Show's contract. When he signed with the WWF, he was promised a title win during his first year with the company.
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The decision to replace Austin with Big Show rather than Test may have had to do with Show's contract. When he signed with the WWF, he was promised a title win during his first year with the company.
I still have no idea how he got that contract. 10 years in length with a guaranteed title shot in his first year, he must have been laughing all the way to the bank. It's bloody amazing that in that stacked era a great big lump with no charisma like The Big Show got a title reign. I'd almost forgot that he had a mini-feud with the Bossman for the title then, what were they thinking?

I would have liked to have seen Test be given the push, he was one of my faves at the time although more for storyline than wrestling reasons.

For what it's worth Survivor Series '98 was much better than '99.
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I don't get the Test love; can't cut a promo, average in the ring and no charisma whatsoever.
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It needed to be Test. He pinned Triple H on the Smackdown before that. Fuck Big Show. Test could've won the title for a month or maybe not winning at all- Triple H should've stayed a champion.

By the way, about that triple threat match- I would've done it at 2000, with an healthy Austin and a great Triple H.
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Yeah, probably the greatest match that was booked to happen but never did. Having Test in the match would have nade a lot of sense as they were pushing him to the moon at that time.
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I don't get the Test love; can't cut a promo, average in the ring and no charisma whatsoever.
This, if I remember rightly Test just seemed one of those overpushed overexposed guys to me that nobody really cared about, had a load of chances - being in big storylines etc. and couldnt take any of them.

Plus Big Show - Bossman was one of the funniest fueds I've seen, so ott and in such bad taste it was great.
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