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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-22-2019, 09:27 AM
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Re: What had Austin not left in 2002?

I don’t think it would look really THAT different. I feel like Austin was slowing down by this time anyway, sure there’s bound to have been maybe another two or three matches that could have happened.

I imagine if he hadn’t left, which would then mean he came to some sort of agreement with WWE about how they could work a program with Austin vs. Brock... so obviously that’s the number one thing that could have been different. The randomness of the Monday night raw booking by itself is what started the whole mess of Austin leaving.

This is where I get a little sore... a guy like Austin has walked out cause he didn’t get what he wants... in recent years it’s been said by numerous people on podcasts that Austin would refuse other things presented to him... yet, we don’t think of Austin as a ‘backstage pain’

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-25-2019, 01:18 AM
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Re: What had Austin not left in 2002?

Austin would continue to be an upper midcarder/floating main eventer, as he was before he quit.
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Re: What had Austin not left in 2002?

Best thing I would’ve done for Stone Cold in 2002 if I were Vince was to tell him to go home and heal up for the rest of the year. He was beat up and his head wasn’t in it. The signs were there that things were coming to a boiling point. He went home after Wrestlemania 18 and then there was the Byte This interview where you could tell things were bad before the eventual walk out.

When he returns in 2003 he has 2 money feuds waiting for him. Brock Lesnar who in the year he was gone was made into a superstar and Goldberg who’d debuted. Also when Austin returns he goes part time like the guys are today to preserve him and keep him as an attraction.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-27-2019, 12:48 PM
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Re: What had Austin not left in 2002?

They wouldn't have lost as much money going into the second half of 2002, that's for sure. The WHAT? t-shirt was their hottest seller and I recall hearing talk about a beer IPO deal also being in the works right before Austin walked out.

Honestly, Austin himself was so burnt out after the 2001 run that I would have also told him to take time off and come back in the fall of 2002 to put over Brock properly on PPV and then launch into the Goldberg feud.
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