Is there a possibility that Austin's original walkout was supposed to be a work, considering the pissing contest that Austin and Vince got into on Byte This prior to the walkout? Yes. However, the problem Austin had later in the week tends to make one believe it wasn't a work, instead Austin had become extremely paranoid and burnt out. The thing I've always wanted to hear about the incident is whether it started with Debra bitching about Steve walking away from the money left on his contract. If so, then his walkout was not a work.
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I seriously doubt it but here is one interesting fact. A friend of mine works for a third party company that makes WWF (die pandas) products. They were told to put Austin back in the new product just before Thanksgiving since he would be returning in Feb.
There was a lot of speculation on this board when the Austin walkout first happened that it was all a work. But I think the arrest debunked that. If it was, it's the best and most convincing work they've ever pulled. And the most out of the blue.
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It is my considered opinion, given the way Stone Cold returned last night, (i.e. no music, no playin' up to the crowd, and no beer guzzling,) that Austin is here for three months or so, and that Vince has paid him an obscene amount of money to be this fiscal quarter's quick boost for the ratings. As I've said elsewhere, Austin came to the ring last night like he'd just punched in on a time clock. The whole attitude he was radiating was "Clock In - Do the Work - Gimme da Money - Clock Out." No thought for the fans, and certainly no thought for poor ol' Cracka Eazy E or the WWE. He still despises the writers, Gewirtz especially, and will have no truck with any of them. It's the money drives Austin now, pure and simple, and given that Montreal crowd's reaction and adulation last night, The Texas Rattlesnake can demand just about any figure he wants from Vince and get it.
I'll certainly accept that that's your opinion, and as a bonus, here's mine.
I must have been watching an entirely different match. There was music, there was playing for the crowd, and he even looked like he was having fun last night, if not a bit nervous as to whether or not the fans wanted him or not and whether or not he made the right decision (with leaving OR coming back).
Okay, I admit people have different opinions about guy's motivation and there's really no way to ever be sure about "what they were thinking", but to clear up an easy one: was there or was there not music?
Other than that, I'm heading towards Geemonkey's corner for the rest of this thread. See ya' later!
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Originally posted by hebtheeagleI was just thinking though, as Austin had no problems when he wanted to come back, and Vince McSatan had said that a apology was mandatory, and I don't think he got one.
Just because he didn't give one on screeen (not that it was even possible, since Austin didn't make any appearances before NWO) doesn't mean Austin didn't apologize to McMahon in private. Not that I believe that McMahon would have kept him out if he refused to apologize. McMahon would put Charles Manson in a match if he thought it would get the ratings.
Originally posted by asteroidboyThere was a lot of speculation on this board when the Austin walkout first happened that it was all a work. But I think the arrest debunked that. If it was, it's the best and most convincing work they've ever pulled. And the most out of the blue.
Seems like an interesting theory. Austin could really have been burnt out and instead of an injury angle or something like that, make it look like he walked out and it adds more interest to when he does finally return. Just in time for Wrestlemania...
They can just feud over #1 contender shots instead. It adds more prestige to the belt when people aren't just fighting over the belt, but fighting to be the guy fighting over the belt. Like it's important or something.