When Scott Steiner returned to WWE in late 2002, were there plans for bigger matches with top WWE guys? It seemed like feuds with Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels would have been fresh match-ups, not to mention Steve Austin (before WM19 ended up being his last match) and a variety of mid-card opponents. Yet all they really did was the initial HHH feud and some stuff with Test, as I recall. Did his terrible matches with Hunter derail bigger plans, or was he just brought in with no real plan. A feud with Lesnar seemed to make sense at the time, even if just for a one-time PPV match.
Oh yeah man, they wanted to push Steiner to the MOON, and the HHH debacle absolutely killed it for him. Not only did he have a terrible match with the top guy, but the top guy who was basically booking the company and routinely buried people for "not knowing how to work". I think that WWE brass was kind of snowed by Steiner's previous WCW stint in that they were at least reasonably able to disguise how limited he was, whereas once he got into WWE he no longer had his safeguards and it became brutally obvious that he could barely work a match anymore.