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What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

Steve Austin gets hurt and Bret eliminates him early. He comes back and interferes and Bret wins the match. Notice how Bret actually protected Austin unlike moronic wrestlers today.
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Re: What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

Pretty sure the original plan was for Bret to win. I wasn't aware that anything was supposed to happen that didn't occur. The match did a pretty good job of setting up the Austin / Hitman match at Wrestlemania. The order of eliminations sort of made sense.

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Re: What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

If Austin was supposed to win that match then he would, they don't change PPV finishes because of injury (unless it's a drastic injury).

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Re: What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

ive read rumours austin was supposed to win and drop the belt to sid the next night until he got hurt
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Re: What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

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ive read rumours austin was supposed to win and drop the belt to sid the next night until he got hurt
Really? I've never heard that rumour. I figured it went down the way it was supposed to; a little weird, sure, but after HBK fucked up everybody's plans they had some quick thinking to do and had to knock up a new main event idea pretty fast.

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Lightbulb Re: What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

Here's the thing: The original plan was for Final Four to determine the #1 Contender at WrestleMania, not the WWF Champion. Unfortunately, Shawn Michaels got injured and lost his smile, so they had to change things up a week or so before the PPV and turn it into a match for the vacant title.

Originally, with Shawn Michaels as champion, the match was supposed to come down to Bret Hart and the Undertaker, just as it did in actuality. The difference is that instead of Steve Austin coming down to the ring to try to cost Bret Hart the victory, it was going to be Shawn Michaels, and unlike Austin, Michaels was going to be successful. This would have made the Undertaker the winner and the #1 Contender. The next night (when Hart lost a title match to Sid), it would've instead been Michaels vs. Sid for the WWF Title. And again, instead of Austin interfering to make Sid the champion, it would have been Hart interfering. That would have left us with Sid/Undertaker and Hart/Michaels. There have been no confirmed plans for what would have happened with Austin. Probably no face turn though, and if there was, it wouldn't have been as effective as what we saw at WrestleMania against Hart.

Austin was never written to win at Final Four- at least as far as an in-ring audible is concerned.

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Re: What was the original plan at Final Four 1997?

Huh, who would have thought that Shawn being a dick and not willing to lay down would give Austin the one Match that would make him a star.

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