As the title says. Rock/Hogan is probably my favourite match, so I think I’d keep it the same. But, I do believe Hogan/Austin would’ve been bigger.
Rock-Hogan would have better. Although Rock's star power had peaked in 2000. He was a bigger draw than Austin starting in fall 99. I always thought there should have been a Hogan-Austin match at WM19, but it never ce to be.Hindsight being what it is now Austin hogan may of been better due to rock leaving soon anyways but his star was rising and Austin's wasn't
I honestly think Austin would have split the crowd down the middle. Austin was very wary of some of Hogan's ring antics, going back to 94-95 when he was in WCW. Austin would have countered anything Hogan did. The Rock was somewhat starstruck by Hogan, who was his boyhood idol. There are a lot of things Hogan did in that match to make the crowd turn on the Rock, or cheer him that Austin would have had no problem answering to.I think Austin and Hogans styles would have clashed more. Austin was also not able to bumb around for Hogan, the way Rock did.
And who knows how the crowd qould have reacted. They were obvously very pro Hogan. Imagine if Austin gave Hogan the finge and got thunderous boo's.
I honestly think Rock vs Hogan was a greater match and a greater moment.
You make good points. I disagree with #4.. I think the biggest star of the 80s vs the biggest star of the 90s (Hogan vs Austin), would have made a more appealing selling point.No
1). Austin by 2002 was not as popular as he was a year ago. He was still bruised and battered from the botched heel turn. In contrast, Rock was still hot
2).The Toronto crowd was going to cheer Hogan no matter what. Rock could recover from getting booed, but I don’t think Austin would. Austin’s character couldn’t take defeats easily whereas Rock’s character could
3). Rock was still 29 years old at the time whereas Austin was 37. Hence, Rock offered a chance to create a passing of the torch moment
4). The Rock’s character made a better backstory : Hollywood Rock vs Hollywood Hogan
5). They needed to turn Hogan face at the end, which is why Rock saved Hogan from NWO and did a handshake with Hogan. Austin’s DTA character would have made this angle difficult
6), The Rock needed his Wrestlemania moment. He lost to Austin in 1999, he lost to Triple H in 2000, he lost to Austin again in 2001. Just let Rock beat Hogan in 2002
I could be wrong, but I don't believe Hogan knew or ever worked with The Rock prior to 2002.no. the rock worked bc he knew hogan from back int he day and grew up idolizing him. austin was one of those guys that got buried hard when hogan came to wcw.
rock-hogan worked bc of mutual respect.
That is who AUstin wanted was Flair, Austin vs Hogan is the bigger match and unlike rock, Austin wasn't leaving 2 weeks later to go to Hollywood. AUstin vs Hogan in the main event at WM 18 is the biggest WM main event of all time with the 2 biggest stars ever. Austin didnt trust Hogan from when Hogan came to WCW in 1994 and Austin got depushed but Austin turned down Hogan and was angling for Flair but Taker got to choose Flair over RVD and when Austin got stuck with Hall and Hall showed up drunk that is what caused Austin to no show the RAW after WM 18, had it been Austin vs Flair there wouldn't have been any issues with AUstin.I mean it was one of those dream matches in the attiude era, imagine nwo b&w Hogan vs SCSA, and Austin was still a pretty big star, however by 2002 he wasnt the same, the 1999-2000 period he was gone die to injury , the lame Rikishi fued when he returned, jobbing out or not gaining any clean wins over hunter since they wwe was big on pushing HHH in the world title scene around late 1999, The bad decision on Austin turning heel, Austin joining the invasion stable, plus Austin character wise as a heel in 2001 was a far cry from the alpha heel of 1996 character wise by hugging it out, playing banjos, tapping out like a bum, and being a chicken sensitive ego centric heel all played role in his diminishing stock by the time 2002 comes around, while Rocky was at his peak in 2002, and was a huge cross over star, and quite frankly Austin (who one of my top 6) by 2002 have peaked, and creative wise burned out by the time he started doing the stupid what chants.
So while Hogan , and Austin sound intriguing the two alphas of the monday night wars, Rocky and Hogan made sense business wise, although Austin shouldn't been put with Scott Hall , who was totally unprofessional showing up after binge drinking all night in no condition to wrestle.
I have to go with Rocky and Hogan, maybe Austin and Flair, with a story going back to flair being one of the guys holding down the Austin and Pillmans of the world, repackage DDP to get revenge on Taker leading into Taker getting the win at mania.