hey scott! When Barry Windham left the wwe abruptly at end of 85, his team with Mike Rotundo was one of hottest acts in the company. After losing to Beefcake and Valentine, they started the angle where Barry was recovering from being blinded and were set to resume the feud with the dream team. If Barry doesnt bolt, would they have blown the feud off at Mania 2? All signs pointed that direction until Barry bolted.
I don't know, Barry seemed to be pretty anxious to get back to the loving embrace of Dusty's protection and booking. The WWF never was a really good fit for him and never seemed super-comfortable there. The cigar angle seemed more like a blowoff of the character to me.