To be honest I also remember rumors of Hogan vs. Austin first and then it was even talked about on Toronto radio after Mania finished by Live Audio Wrestling.
I know some think this rumor isn't true, but LAW stated on the post show that Austin balked at the idea for some of the reasons how the match went down in terms of Hogan rebirthing his career at Austin's expense like what he did with Rock.
We know Austin didn't like the direction because it seemed like he was getting depushed somewhat because the nWo guys were coming in who also happened to be friends with HHH.
I also remember the original plan was the two man power trip breaking up to have a match for SummerSlam, but HHH getting injured. Now the question begs was Austin scheduled to get his win back for jobbing to HHH at the No Way Out ppv months before(all this before hotshotting Invasion).
It seems it got put over to WM after HHH's injury. This also seemed to screw up Rock vs Austin rematch that may have been done for Mania where Rock got his win back on Austin.
Either way long term Austin had to get a proper comeuppance for turning heel which never happened besides the karaoke bit with Rock where he rock bottomed him.
I bring this all up because I want to show why it's possible Austin balked at all of this especially after he devalued the Austin character turning heel that same year.
The Rock no matter what was going to get back his Mania moment after giving one up to Austin the year prior. Just solid business with Rock becoming a movie star. The way I see it Rock basically could get back his glory only against the two man power trip or against the nWo/Hogan.
If some disagree with this it's exactly what happened for WM 19. I also see why Austin ended up with Hall, but also do remember hearing he vetoed jobbing to Hall. The reason for Hall going over was for there to be a split in wins and losses with wwe and nWo which would be the catalyst for the brand split where the nWo would float. Nash would be used to create a controversial finish where the board would make a decision.
As it turned out that didn't happen and the angle for the split didn't make much sense.
I do also remember Nash vs. Taker rumors. I did wonder though why Perfect wasn't used better.
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