I never bought that excuse about the Top Baby Faces turning down the World Title. Barry Windham or Dusty would have taken the strap
Well, the deal was always that it was going to be short term, so Flair could win it back at Starrcade 1987 and break Harley Race's record. Furthermore, The Crocketts believed in a steady title reign with an occasional interruption, as well was feeling that Flair going in as the challenger would boost buyrates for their first PPV.
Supposedly, Dusty didn't want to be a hot shot champion, it was said that Windham wasn't ready and was also TV Champion at the time, Luger was a heel and they had no more big babyfaces besides Dusty & Windham.
And from everything I've read, I can only imagine that Magnum T.A.'s push to the title was going to pay off at JCP's first PPV.
Now, according to Garvin, he said he was sabotaged. He said Dusty was jealous of him and wasn't picked to win the title from Flair (which I don't believe). He says because of that, Dusty booked him as weak and stuck him with the 45 day "break" to train for the match with Flair, which Crockett explained on TV. He also claimed to be sabotaged because he dropped the belt in Chicago, instead of the Carolinas and was the first guy to drop the belt that never got a rematch.
So, I don't know. From everything I read, Crockett was the biggest Flair supporter in the world and Dusty slowly started blaming Flair for the future problems in JCP/WCW. Garvin knew before hand he was going to lose the belt 2 months later, as the first PPV was completely built around Flair and being he was the biggest draw, Crockett figured it was the perfect setting for him to regain the belt. Well, Vince ruined that and the Carolinas turned on Crockett, which fucked him MAJOR.