I'm just adding to the conversation of a radio interview with guys from that show who stated otherwise. I'm not even stating what you are saying is wrong. I'm just letting you know what was being said in Toronto the night AFTER Hogan/Rock happened.
I dont doubt some fans speculated that it couldve been or even shoudlve been Steve but that doesnt change facts. If Steve were in the match then there wouldve been tons of Rocky fans claiming he was the first option and deserved to be in that spot.
The original Mania 18 main event was suppose to be Austin vs. Rock(champ vs. champ as there were promotional pictures with the Mayor for this), but I guess you will question me about this too right? As it was changed after due to Austin turning back babyface and the whole Invasion angle flopped. Then it was switched to HHH/Austin which was the original plan for SummerSlam 2001 and was pushed back.
Bull! Hunter was slated to win the undisputed title from Steve as soon as he got hurt but Steve didnt like that idea.
I have also heard contrary to what Austin has stated in public and that Hogan vs. Austin was suggested even at Mania 19 and Mania 20.
Bull again, I have tons of interviews were Steve Austin said he was only offered the match after he retired for three years and turned it down.
The biggest thing that was going around at that time was that Austin did not like the fact those guys came in at all. He felt after the whole Monday Night Wars that bringing those guys in was like working with the enemy. He didn't like the idea of the nWo floating as a group in a split wwf. That is why he thought the writing sucked.
Have you ever considered that Steve was pissed they were coming in bc he knew it was going to be Rock/Hogan as the big main event match which left in in a bad creative spot. Steve was pissed for a lot of reason and being asked to lose to Hunter and not facing Hulk were the two biggest things. Ive also learned Steve was suppose to be the 2nd draft pick after Rocky a week after Mania x8 but walked out that week.
But who have came out and admitted that Rock was the first choice? Hogan. Who else?
Nash/Hall/Rock/Hogan/and most importantly Steve who has said this countless times even an ex creative team member from 2002 said this. There is literally no real proof that Steve was ever even considered besides his fans making stuff up.
And when Howard Stern asked him if the Hogan/Austin match never happened because they couldn't agree on a finish, Austin said yeah and basically, only way the match would happen, he would have to win but then he said the match would never happen.
Bull! Steve said he had no interest in working with Hulk then was asked did he expect to win and he said yeah. Hulk has said tons of times he didnt care who won he just wanted the dream match. Imo Hulk just wanted to see Steve get booed like Rock to feed his ego but Steve was to paranoid to fall for the trick.
As for the rest of your post your such a huge Steve mark, i see why my Rocky friends bash you because your a massive mark for him but try to hide it. There is zero, no, none evidence to support Steve was ever the first choice. There is also zero, no, none evidence that Hulk didnt want to job while i have multiple times when Hulk said he didnt care if he won and that they needed to put there ego aside.
In Steve 2011 dvd he said "all of a sudden heading into Mania its Rock/Hogan, well thats the big match, thats the main event, and Stone Cold is gonna be working with Scott Hall, and all due respect and props to Scott Hall, but Hogan was the guy that i needed to be working with, not Hall"
That alone proves Stone Cold fans conspiracy theories as false, not to mention hes also said many other times he was only offered Hulk after he retired. I think the source of this is bc Stone Cold fans cant accept he was no longer the top man.
I have a question, its well known he was suppose to drop the undisputed title to Hunter at Mania x8, so by your logic he was asked to do that and face Hulk? So what were Rocks original plans???? There has never been any rumors of any bc there never was any. Once Steve refused to job to Hunter he got buried in the midcard. Not to mention its well known Vince hates Hulk and bashes him every chance he gets, there is no way he would ever want Hulk to beat either of his two top men. This is just Austin fans making stuff up to discredit Rock yet you guys claim you hate when Rock marks do it smh.