> Hi Scott,
> I’ve been rattling through ’99 WWF and was wondering exactly what the story was with Austin leading up to Summerslam and through Survivor Series. Why was Mankind (not seen since around April) suddenly added to the title match? Why was Austin not in the 6-Pack Challenge at Unforgiven? What led to him finally jobbing to HHH and then being pulled from the triple threat at SS? I wasn’t watching RAW around this time and just wanted some history.
> Evan Most of the buildup was "Because Russo" but Austins absence after Summerslam was due to his neck injury. That's about it.
Hope you and the family are doing well
So, talk seems to be that we're getting Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs Viking
Space Lord Lesnar at Mania
Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea?
I mean, what's Brock's best spot?
Ragdolling his opponent and giving them a first class ticket to Suplex
There's no way he'd be able to do that with Austin due to Austin's
fragility through years of injuries
Thusly, the match would likely be awful
I would much prefer Brock to work with someone else and Austin work with
one of the old guard like Triple H or Shawn Michaels. Basically, someone
older and smarter who could partake in a traditional match with him
If they can get Shawn out of retirement, I think him Vs Austin would be a
much better fit
I'd much rather see Brock in there with someone who can work his style of
match. I wouldn't mind seeing him and Reigns have another match after how
good it was less time
Sorry to harsh everyones buzz, but it's just how I see it
Take care and all the best
Oh, and Roman Reigns has nice hair.
You can either do Austin winning the belt at St Valentine's day massacre or you keep the mankind vs rock match with Rock winning thanks to a debuting Big show. This sets up Mankind vs Show at mania, Austin vs McMahon, and say Rock vs Taker.
Really though all that fantasy booking aside, what was the reason for not doing Austin vs Mcmahon at mania?
Kurt Angle had defeated Austin to win the WWF Championship in his hometown of Pittsburgh at Unforgiven 2001. Austin had been off TV for a couple of weeks after that loss, and was then granted a rematch for this episode of RAW. The Invasion angle may have been botched, but it did offer plenty of memorable moments, this being one of them.
This was working out to be a pretty darn good match before the botched piledriver, which is the unfortunate reason for this match being as memorable as it is. I apologize for the quality but it’s the best I could find in one part, and not everyone has the Network so I didn’t link to that version.