You didn't give the man a proper send-off in any way, shape, or form. He's a man who came back even with no free time to try and help the fans through Stone Cold walking out on the WWE. He's the man who came back for the SOLE PURPOSE of jobbing to Brock Lesnar. The send-off you gave him was the idiotic ECW mutant sendoff where you get sad because one of your favorite wrestlers is leaving for a while, even though you'll cheer like mad when he comes back. You're probably the type of fan who would cheer wildly if Stone Cold came back even though he's the one who sold out the fans, DEFINITELY NOT THE ROCK. And the crowd was dead for the Flair/Jericho match, deal with it.
Caped Boy: Excuse me, ladies. You may remember me as the guy who came to dinner a few weeks ago with underwear on my head. My name is Keith Stat from Milbourne, New Jersey. State bird, the mosquito. And as you may have heard I am recently a crowned class B dungeon-master. So if any of you would like to play D&D today, please speak now or forever hold your peace. [He chuckles, and there is an awkward silence at the table.] Caped Boy: Anyone? Alexa! [Alexa gives him a withering glare.] Caped Boy: Maybe you would like to join in? We do need a druid, and you have definitely cast a level 5 charm spell on me. Alexa: In your dreams, douche-bag! Caped Boy: Douche-bags are hygienic products, I take that as a compliment. Thank you. [Keith walks off] Alexa: Ewww!
Originally posted by TheMASKEDComputerGeekYou're probably the type of fan who would cheer wildly if Stone Cold came back even though he's the one who sold out the fans, DEFINITELY NOT THE ROCK. And the crowd was dead for the Flair/Jericho match, deal with it.
If I remember correctly, Steve Austin's motivations weren't directly related to anything financial, but rather how his character was being portrayed on television and the WWE product in general.
What Austin did was mainly for himself and not "the boys" or even "the fans." Although, I do think that Austin's concerns were that the fans weren't happy with WWE's product, which in turn affects WWE business and his financial well-being. So, there is a correlation, but not a direct one.
There is no union in place, the WWE workers couldn't all band together and stand up to management. Since that is the case, and since he wields all of the power that he does, it is only up to the individuals in WWE to decide whether they want to contribute to the crap on TV or not. Austin had the leverage and made the personal deicision to remove himself. More power to him for that, although he'll probably have less upon his return.
WWE TV improved tremendously this summer without Austin, but make no mistake about it, it was crap from the beginning of the Invasion angle in 2001 till about July. If Austin hadn't left, would WWE have been as motivated to change things up?