Originally Posted by Clique
Question - was the plan always to have a four way for the title at that show? Shawn won the WWF Championship in the main event of Royal Rumble 1997 and you would have to think WWE would have wanted him going into WrestleMania 13 as champion, so maybe Final Four would have unquestionably determined who would have faced him at Mania. And from what I have read over the years the original main event planned for Mania that year was a rematch between Shawn & Bret.
The Final Four match was originally supposed to be for the number one contender spot. Since the Rumble had no clear winner that spot was basically vacant. Bret was supposed to win that match to set-up Bret-HBK for the title at mania like you said.
After the decision was made that Bret-HBK would be non-title but with the hair stipulation and Sid-Taker would be for the title, Sid was supposed to win the title on raw before the PPV where Taker would win the Final Four.
After Shawn lost his smile the title was vacant and the Final Four became a title match with Sid challenging the champion on Raw the next night.