The Patriot 2001
"Steve, I don't need the kinda Stone Cold Steve Austin that
strums a guitar and sings to me to lead me and lead Team WWF into
inVasion - that's not what I need, Steve! Damn it, you know what I
need, you know who I need? I NEED THE OLD STONE COLD!"
THE STABLE OF THE MIDNIGHT RIDER
"Be Careful What You Wish For Vince"
"How Austin and wCw/ECf'nW are the new Ric Flair and the Four
This is how I think they will explain it.
The "hug n' guitar" Austin had the full support of Vince. He was guaranteed the top spot, insured by Vince. When the InVasion became the focus, Vince threw his support behind the WWF as a whole, escpecially Team WWF. Austin is no longer guaranteed the top spot by Vince's support.
However, The "New" Austin lacked the edge that SCSA character was known for(see above) and Vince was unsure about his(The WWF) chances v. the Coalition. So he(and Classie Freddie Blassie) triggered the return of the Old Stone Cold Steve Austin, which had the short term effect of galvanizing the WWF fanbase solidly behind the WWF roster. Except, of course, for X-Pac.
What Vince Forgot
The new Horseman order
The "new" Austin is satisfied because the Coalition will do whatever it takes to safeguard their newest acqusition. I see them doing whatever possible to safeguard the WWF title. The Coalition will protect Austin and the Title at all costs, either by causing DQ's or using the wCw referee corps to screw any contenders. See, this is Classic Horseman stuff with Austin playing Flair, the whole Coalition roster playing AA and the boys, and Shane/Steph/Paul E. playing J.J Dillon.
The Old Stone Cold is satisfied because once again he has shunned Vince's desire to have a respectable champion to represent the company. He has once again set himself on a quest to humiliate and belittle Vince McMahon.
Why this will work
Marks of the World, Unite!
By this I mean the emergence of Kurt Angle(in the eyes of the WWF fanbase, both Smark and Mark) as a main event threat.
Angle has been getting bigger and bigger face pops over the last few months due to his excellent promos and his stellar in ring work. He even begun to drop his trademark goofiness in favor of a more intense character that the fans have willingly bought into. Anyone who watched the PPV last night saw the crowd get completely behind Angle as the main event progressed, getting bigger pops for his work in the ring than anyone else. The Olympic Slam and the Ankle Lock have joined the likes of the Pedigree and the Last Ride as devastating holds and finishers.
With the injury to Chris Benoit, he may be the best all-around performer in the entire wrestling world.
The funny thing is, if Triple H and Benoit didn't get injured, he might have been out of the match entirely. Think about it. If Vince had the entire WWF Roster healthy, would Angle and Jericho have been in that Main? No. Angle would have likely wrestled Lance Storm and Jericho may have faced RVD or another Coalition opponent.
My final thought here is that this whole situation has facilitated the one thing that we have truly been waiting to see and that is the return of the Rock to WWF TV. I know that the true Smarky Smark Smart thing to do is to bash everyone on top, but the WWF lives and dies these days by the interest of the Causual Wrestling Fan and the Casual Wrestling Fan likes the Rock. A lot.
MC: What the hell am I doing calling wrestling moves during this match?!
Until Next Time, My Brush With Greatness is Over.