Steve Austin has said before he and Flyin Brian were put together as a tag team (in late '92-early'93), he was supposed to get a run with the US Title with Harley Race as his manager.
However during this time, Rick Rude was the US Champion, so is Austin mistaken, or was he supposed to get the US title that Dustin got once Rude got hurt? Was Rude supposed to win the WCW Title from Ron Simmons and vacate the US Title before the injury?
Rude definitely wasn't winning the big belt, but it's not like it would have been hard to switch the US title to Austin. You could have used any number of transitional guys.