Horsemen 4 Ever column
- Stone Cold Gone
Sorry to be so inconsistant lately, but Doug Flair has returned! On
to business first, in regards to last columns question about Ric
Flair, it seems that people do prefer him as a heel, as opposed to
playing a face. Don't forget to check at the end of the column for
this weeks question.
I was reading, along with everyone else I am sure, about the news
regarding "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and WWE. I think that I may have
a slightly different take on it than many though, as I have been
looking back at the last few years in WWF history, and realized that
they may be quite a bit better off without Austin. Austin has a
history of being a problem backstage, and not always wanting to do as
he is asked. The first case that I heard about that became public
knowledge, was when Austin was asked to work a program with Jeff
Jarrett. Austin refused, as he seemed to think that Jarrett could not
draw, and so working with Jarrett would somehow hurt his character.(I
think that Jarrett went on to show that although not quite a draw on
par with Rock or Stone Cold, he could still work successfully in the
main event structure of WCW).
I was then looking forward a little bit, and from the time of the
Invasion to now, I have seen many opportunites that have been given
for Austin to job in order to help elevate some younger, or fresh
talent. Here is a list of talent, that whether due to Austin himself,
or the booking/writing staff, was looking like they were going to get
a push in a fued with Austin, but it either never quite materialized,
or Austin as always was put over as the dominant wrestler yet again;
Kurt Angle- Perhaps the one wrestler who actually was given the most
rub from Austin, he looked quite competitive in his fued with Austin.
I felt that in the end though, Austin still ended up looking the
unbeatable foe as always.
Chris Benoit- Another wrestler given a chance to look rather
competitive, but at the end of most matches they had, Benoit took the
mandatory stunner, in order to keep Steve on top. In some ways,
Benoit's injury may have been a blessing in disguise though, as he
now has a relatively clean slate to start, and now he has no Austin
to hold him back.
Chris Jericho- Another wrestler who fits in the Benoit mold, although
he was not given as much time against Austin. It would not have hurt
him to have gone over Austin a couple of times, in a clean manner.
Booker T- The man who looks to be possibly gaining the most out of
Stone Cold being gone now. After watching him get kicked out of the
NWO last week, he may be able to take the spotlight that Stone Cold
had, but he would be able to take the spotlight, without taking away
any heat from the NWO.
NWO- While we are on the subject, the NWO was perhaps hurt the most
of all by Stone Cold. I remember that I was one of the people who was
truly upset at the manner in which the WWF put Austin over on the
night in which Booker T was added to the fold. The fact that Austin
was put over in a match in which every heel on the RAW roster was a
lumberjack, he still managed to pull off a win. Not to mention the
handicapped match a couple of months ago, in which Austin also
managed to beat both Ric Flair and the Big Show in the same match.
Ric Flair- Again, while on the subjest, Ric Flair has been made to
look rather unable to hold his own in his matches with Stone Cold. He
has looked good in the process of teh match, but Austin has always
managed to come away as the unbeatable face in the end.
Brock Lesnar- Apparantley the latest victim, he was reputedly to get
a win over Austin on monday, before Austin decided to take his leave
of the company. Granted, I don't know if Brock is quite ready to take
center stage, but the only way to get him a chance to try to shine,
is to give him some key wins first, and this would have been just one
on his way to the top. If Brock is to be the man of the future for
WWE, then they need to give him the rub from some of the top stars.
If WWE can come to terms with Steve Austin, then I think that the key
issue will be letting him know that he needs to start to work with
the bookers in whatever angle they need him in, especially as
pertains to the future of the company. If Stone Cold is not willing
to work with the stars of teh future, then there is really no purpose
to him even returning at all.
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