Re: Why did WWF choose to do Flair vs. Savage at 'Mania 8, instead of Flair vs. Hogan
Because they were saving it for Wrestlemania IX. Simple as that. They wanted to have a long, drawn-out feud between Flair and Hogan that consumed most of 1992 and early 93, but Flair bailed and went back to WCW. It was a gamble Vince made that definitely bit him in the ass.
They were getting ready for it though. Hogan and Flair actually had several matches at house shows and such while in WWE to build their chemistry, but Vince waited too long to pull the trigger.
And it really had nothing to do with Hogan's supposed "declining popularity" as WWE likes to put it, because if that was the case, why were they still clinging to Hogan in 93 by putting the title on him again at WMIX for practically no reason at all and nearly squashing Yokozuna and Bret Hart in the process? It was just desperation on Vince's part.
Which is also probably why they made WMIX an overly-gimmicky event to compensate for what they originally wanted it to be. That's just pure spiteful speculation though, because I always found that Egyptian Mania to be fucking retarded.