I've heard a few things, most notably that Scott Hall was not expected to make it to WM18, but the nWo was to be felt at the show. Originally, Hogan was offered to Austin, but a finish couldn't be agreed on. Austin felt he was more relevant to the era and felt he should've won. While Hogan felt he should've. Well, as we all know The Rock pinned Hogan anyway. So, I don't think it was a case of Hogan not doing the job. I think it was as case of heat between the two because of WCW. The Rock, never been there, didn't have the issues Austin had win Hogan, Bischoff etc., so it was just a better working environment for The Rock vs Ho
I think Kevin Nash,Scott Hall,Hulk Hogan,Austin and even The Rock himself,all have confirmed that Rock vs Hogan was a lock right from the word go.They fixed this plan even back on October 2001(even before NWO arrived/were about to arrive).
Austin was supposed to win the first Undisputed WWF championship and main event Mania18,against the returning Triple H,were he was supposed to drop the belt.
However,Austin being Austin,didn't wanted to lose,hence they went with Jericho ahead as the undisputed champion.
Since Hogan was not available,now the next guy was Razor Ramon aka Scott Hall,and I have read reports where they mention that even Hall was supposed to defeat Austin at Mania18,but Austin refused to put him over and they both had a small unforgettable match at the event.
But,anyway,Nash should have competed atleast against Kane.Another missed opportunity for him and WWE.
: The biggest star and draw of pro-wrestling industry EVER.
1. Holds the record of drawing most arenas with 10,000+ attendance on top in one calendar year. [Broke Hogan's(1986) and Austin's(1998) record in 1999 and set a record of headlining over 100 shows with 10,000 plus people in attendance in year 2000. A box-office drawing record that is unsurpassed till date.]
2. Holds the record of main-eventing almost 17 PPVs that have got over 500k buys
. Over 80% of the PPVs he main-evented drew over 400k buys
. As a PPV headliner no one is even close.
3. Drew the highest cable ratings during the AE(real quartely segments not over-run). Took ratings to heights never before seen in 2000.
4. Sold more merchandise than anyone active(Austin
) between mid 1999-2001.