I've been acquainting myself with WCW on the network... got up to Flair's jump to WWF (with Sid and Luger also switching teams) and started watching their old stuff too even though I've seen it before - just got to Wrestlemania 8.
I still can't get my head around them not running with Hogan vs Flair. Has Flair ever expressed any views on this, do you know? If part of his problem in WCW was not being booked at the level he thought he deserved, then wouldn't being pulled from the main event program with Hulk rankle in the same way? But I never hear of any bad feeling on Flair's part over this.
I know Flair was having specific issues leading to his jump, but Luger and Sid coming over at around the same time; was this a concerted attempt to poach WCW talent? (Was Sting ever approached, being the other of their big three with Flair and Luger)? Or am I overestimating the significance of WCW at the time and this was just general Vince hiring some big dudes he liked for Hogan's soon to be vacant spot? Also, Piper's match with Bret on that show is famously one of his few (only) clean losses in his career. How was he able to get away with refusing to job for so long? Was he really enough of a draw for people to put up with that?
Flair was always fine with it as far as I know because he loved working with Savage anyway. And he wasn’t ever pulled from the program, as Sid v. Hogan was the plan all along.
Luger was never really supposed to be a WWF talent poaching, as Vince wanted him for the WBF and didn’t appear to care about him as a wrestler, and Luger himself was making noise even in WCW about wanting to get out of the business anyway. So no, it wasn’t really a mass talent raid by standards you’d normally classify, just happenstance.
And yes, Piper was enough of a draw that he could make those kind of demands. Plus, they let him get away with it, so they only have themselves to blame anyway.