I would've held him off until Starrcade, playing vignettes. I'd have him debut on Nitro the night after and cut a promo. It's a myth that Bret Hart couldn't talk. In 97 he could cut an angry promo with the best of them. I'd have him say something along the lines of:
"I didn't come into this business to become a prophet, but it seems to me that everything I've been saying has come to light. For years, I've been saying I'm the best there is, was and ever will be but all anyone wants to do is screw me over. WCW's lawyers have asked me not to mention the other company, but you know where the hell I was and it seems like for the who last year there I haven't had a fair match up since God knows when. People ask me 'Hey Hitman, is what you do fake?'. Now, I've got video proof that what I do is real. Do you think if the 'Boy Toy' or anybody in that, or even this company for that matter, could really beat me they'd pull a stunt like that?"
Cue Sting's music, out comes the new WCW champion.
"Sorry Bret, I don't mean to cut you off or anything, but I feel for you. You want to talk conspiracies? The last 18 months I've been fighting one. They did everything, hell Bret, they even tried to clone me, but everybody knows there's only one true Stinger. Still, everybody bought it. I could've left. I almost did. I know what it's like to have your own company betray you. I was gonna say the hell with it and go over there and face you. So, believe me Bret, if anybody understands you it's me. But here's what I'm gonna do. I don't have to go over there to face you anymore. You just stepped in my company. You wanna fave a fair match for a world title? You don't have anything to worry about, you've stepped in the right place."
Bret: "You know, I appreciate that Sting, or should I say Steve. See, that's one thing I don't get. Since day one I've been myself. I didn't come out here with some fake name and face paint. The people knew who I was. They know I'm a man they can trust, and quiet frankly I don't trust you or anybody for that matter, but as far as your little challenge goes. I accept."
Extends Hand for handshake, Sting reluctantly goes for it. Bret Attacks. Building a face vs face fued with Sting over the World title with Bret teetering closer to a heel. We go in to Sold Out basing the match on trust. Hogan eventually comes for title rematch but decides he's just face the winner. At Sold Out we face Sting vs Bret with Hogan being appointed referee. Bret disagrees and eventually DDP is appointed special enforcer incase anything happens. Bret reluctantly agrees to the match. Hogan calls it surprisingly straight for the most part until Bret somehow pushes Hogan out of the way mid match to get to Sting. Sting (on the ground from prior offense) doesn't see this as Hogan attacks back. Sting goes back on the offense as usual never knowing of Hogan's attack. Feeling double teamed Bret says the hell with it kicking Sting in the nuts. Hogan doesn't give a shit, dq's Bret and quickly raises Sting's hand before getting the hell outta there. Bret has the "what the hell" look and a brawl between the two occurs before Page quickly gets in the ring calming both down explaining what happened to both. Page throws the match out and demands a fair restart, that both men agree to. Hogan is gone, and Page acts as ref. The match barely gets underway as a Hogan led nWo comes to attack all 3 men. Eventually the faces clean house bumping into each other doing the whole "should I trust you stare" to close the show.
This storyline continues until eventually Sting, Page and Hart form an unofficial stable to combat the nWo, but trust is never truly there. Eventually Hart turns heel leading to a feud with Page. This leads to Bret vs Page and Hogan vs Sting over the world title (because he still had that rematch).
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