The only thing Vince really did right with Austin was NOT get in the way and fuck him up
Thatís really not quite right.
Regardless of how Austin got there (and it could have happened regardless of circumstance, and I believe it would have), VKM did not just step out of the way.
He saw what he had. And what he didnít: he didnít have a foil, a heel to help get people behind Austin. So he filled that role himself with the Mr. McMahon character.
That was essential to Austinís success.
Austin was basically this: beer-guzzling, cussing, redneck who didnít like authority.
Go back to that time. Basically Austin WAS what a large percentage of the audience was. And if you werenít that beer-guzzling, cussing, problem-with-authority person, chances are your father was.
And who did your dad in the wifebeater watching TV with a six-pack in his lap hate the most? His boss. That mean old man who didnít have to sweat and made you do it to earn your wage.
Austin was raging against what half of America was unhappy with ... their lot in life and being under the thumb of a boss who they didnít have the guts to stand up to ó but Steve did.
That, essentially, is what made Austin. And without Mr. McMahon ó if he was feuding simply with another wrestler over a belt ó heís just a good hand with a decent gimmick but not the biggest-drawing superstar of all time.