Re: Stone Cold Being Run Over
They planned the angle weeks in advance after Austin knew when he would have surgery.
Show as a replacement was an obvious choice. Only other two choices could have been Foley and Test. But Test as champion would have been too soon probably anf Foley was in a tag feud with the Outlaws, first with Snow and later with Rock.
Show replacing Austin had three big upsides for them:
a. Show was supposed to eventually win the title and main event Mania
b. They didn't have to change other major feuds at the time: Kane/X-Pac and Outlaws/Rock'n'Sock. They just did Bossman vs Show for the title at Armageddon instead of regular singles match and only had to switch Austin with Vince to fight HHH, who were already feuding.
c. I heard Show was even planned to be revelaed as the guy that ran over Austin. And with him replacing Austin they gave Show a motive when he would be revealed.