The higher power wasn't so bad. Vince hated Austin and was willing to do anything to cost him that belt and make his life hell. Even sacrificing his own daughter for this end. Once Austin lost the belt mission was accomplished and Vince revealed himself soon after. Yes of course there was a letdown, like we were back to square one. But we got the amazing swerve of Austin as CEO (one of my greatest mark out moments and happiest childhood ones too) and soon after the chapter of Austin vs McMahon was officially closed at Fully loaded.
Taker's 2001 heel turn made absolutely no sense rationale wise you're right. He was the most respected wrestler and to claim lack of respect was out of nowhere even kayfabe wise he was respected by the heels. He wore a shirt that said respected by all!
I think the story was that the Undertaker was 'paranoid' that people didn't respect him, as crazy as that is. Hornswoggle as the GM was pretty terrible. Or what about Vince McMahon coming back after being fired with no explanation recently.
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Re: Dumbest rationales in wrestling history
Kurt Angle joining the Alliance in 2001 wasn't the worst, but looking back...yeah, it was pretty illogical. He joined for about a month just to fight team WWE at Survivor Series for 30+ minutes, then turned back to the WWE and it turned out it was all him going undercover to infiltrate the enemy. And for that matter, why did Austin himself join the Alliance anyway? I can't recall, wasn't it because Vince didn't appreciate him, he felt, despite how Vince treated him like royalty in previous months...
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