TIMELINE: Richy (Sic) vs Derek Simonetti. A Look back at the heated Rivalry between the two former Best Friends. Get Yourself Caught up on everything you need to know about the feud before the epic conclusion.
The problem with that reasoning is that when Hogan left he was pretty much the only major star Vince had. Austin is not the only major star... hell he's not even the biggest major star in the WWE today.