When last we saw Steve Austin, he was running down to ringside to prevent Eric Bischoff from further interfering in the Goldberg-Jericho title match. However, in doing so he placed his hands on Bischoff and thus physically assaulted another WWE Superstar without provocation. This, we've been told, is a no-no.
So what are they up to? Will he be fired? Suspended? Brought back into competition bad neck and all? Or will the WWE forget about said stip and ignore it, or possibly claim that as the Raw GM it's his duty to make sure his show is not besmirched, and Bischoff by besmirching his show was provoking him in a metaphysical manner?
Here's the thing. Bischoff isn't a Raw Superstar (tm). He's the GM. I don't remember if Linda lumped GM's and wrestlers together, but that's the way out--Bischoff isn't a wrestler. Now, are they gonna go with it?
Dr. Jay, they've specifically used Bischoff as an example of Austin not being able to touch him without provocation -- remember the Bischoff-Shane match, where Shane had to slap Austin's face with Bischoff's hand? So yes, he's included.
I think it was Heat last night (or some other recap show on the weekend) that had Al Snow talking about Austin hitting Bischoff, and making a point about what sort of penalties there was going to be because of it.
So either they ARE going to go ahead with some sort of storyline around this, or else Al Snow is in the same "The SMART thing to do would be..." boat that we are, and he'll end up just as disappointed as us at the end of the show.
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I haven't seen Sandman or Sabu on TNA in a while but I wouldn't expect them to be on WWE's ppv regardless of whether they have still have connections with TNA or not. Like you mentioned Raven won't be there, neither will Shane Douglas or Rhyno.