Re: Was the Ultimate Warrior scheduled to win the WWF title in 1996?
If Warrior was to win at any point, it probably would have been at Survivor Series, but I really don't see where he fit in the WWF Title picture at the time.
I think that the WWF Title picture was very much in flux during HBK's reign and the beginning of the nWo that the only real decision that was made longterm had to have been Shawn winning the title back at the Rumble in San Antonio. They put a lot into the hype of that show. And I think Bret/Shawn was the likely WM13 main event that they had in the back of their heads the entire time.
I think Vader was the favorite to beat Shawn, but for whatever reason, Shawn didn't like him, so Sid was the one they went with. Maybe they were buddies from around the time of WM11 when Sid was Shawn's manager? Didn't read his book, don't know their relationship, but Sid seemed to overall be on the good side of the WWF at the time.
In Bret's book, he talked a lot about how Vince promised him a long run as champ then went back on it, and I expect he did the exact same thing with Shawn.
Now, Sid was a replacement for Warrior in the six-man at International Incident, but I don't think that automatically plugs Warrior into every role Sid had once Warrior left. I think it was more than likely that Shawn was either losing at SummerSlam or Survivor Series. I think Survivor Series was most likely, since that was in MSG and they always try to make their MSG PPVs special. Plus, by that point in Shawn's reign, he was getting booed by the MSG crowd, so they must have seen the writing on the wall, but still went forward with the second San Antonio title win.
Either way, I don't see Warrior fitting in there. It was either Sid or Vader the whole time. I suppose, since they did a Sid-UT main event, UT could have been switched out with Warrior giving him another title win, but that 1996 ad had to have been a mistake.