What was up with the bullshit The rock benefitted from Stone Cold's absence storyline
I don't want this to turn into a Rock marks vs Austin marks war, but what was the point in the WWF lying in saying The Rock's merchandise sales fell before Austin left and the only reason why he succeeded is because Austin got ran over. Also having the Rock bow down to Austin like a bitch explaining that he was not Rikishi's accomplice.
Now my question is was Vince testing the waters with the Rock's crowd reactions to make the decision if Rock should turn heel or remain babyface?
Also is it true The Rock's merchandise sales were beginning to plummet in 99 right before Austin got "Ran over" and written off of tv or that was a bullshit kayfabe statement?