Just curious. How differently do you think things would have been in 2000 had Steve Austin been healthy? I'm torn here, personally, because Austin is one of my favorite performers ever, but there's a lot of awesome stuff from that year we probably wouldn't have gotten with him there. HHH-Foley, HHH-Rock Ironman come to mind, for example. Do you think Austin would have been overlooked in the booking for HHH and Rock, and he would have just gotten frustrated with the WWF two years earlier than he did? I know as a fan, it felt like Austin was returning to a completely different WWF in late-2000, and in someways, he actually felt out of place to me for a while, until he really got back in the groove of things.
Yeah, it was weird, even as early as 2001 it was starting to feel like Austin was a bit of a relic. A lot was the heel turn destroying his character for good, but there was a point where guys like HHH and Jericho and Angle needed to break through and it would have been tough with Austin around.