Going back to Hit-&-Run Rikishi, do you think the Who Hit Austin angle would've worked out better if Austin had sold for Rikishi at No Mercy? Most people sh*t on the angle now, but if, instead of “I did it for the Rock,” Rikishi completely shed his ass gimmick, went total savage, and Austin didn't totally annihilate him at NM, they might have been able to run with that angle for a while.
People didn’t want to see evil Rikishi and they REALLY didn’t want to see returning hero Austin selling for the dancing fat guy. It was a bad combination to begin with and honestly they should have just went with their original instincts and had Austin murder Billy Bitchcakes instead. It wouldn’t have hurt him and at least would have made sense.