His only clean WM win was a IC title defense against Rikishi back when he was Rocky Maivia, and Rikish was the Sultan. The others:
1998 -- Submits to Shamrock in a IC title match but retains on the Dusty Finish (decision is reversed when Shamrock won't break anklelock) 1999 -- Pinned by Austin in WWF title match to close first chapter of Austin/McMahon view in Corporation era 2000 -- Pinned by Triple H in the McMahon In Every Corner four-way (which I admit, was kind of necessary) 2001 -- Pinned by Austin in WWF title match to setup Austin heel turn (which was NOT NECESSARY by any means)
The WWF owes him a WM win, and feeding Hogan to him would make up for the Austin jobs on a emotional level.
"Oh - oh! Well well well well! It's twenty-four hours after the Royal Rumble and GUESS who is still the Undisputed Champion of the World - ME! Yeah, and I tried to warn all of you - I tried to tell you I was not a joke. I tried to tell you to take me seriously, but what did you do, huh? What did you do? On Sunday, you invited all your little friends over to watch the Royal Rumble, you called up Frank and said, 'hey Frank, you wanna come watch the Rock kick Chris Jericho's ass?' And Frank said, Frank said 'oh sure, I wanna see the Rock win the Undisputed Championship and go all the way to WrestleMania.' I mean, it's a foregone conclusion, right? The Rock is gonna win! The Rock is gonna win! The Rock is going to win, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU believed in your hearts that the Rock was going to win but GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. The Rock - The Rock - The Rock...LOST. CHRIS JERICHO - WON. And even if you don't like it, you have to appreciate and acknowledge all that I've accomplished, because everything that I've done is far too gigantic to be ignored!"
I'm absolutely terrible at predictions -- as in, go opposite of me and you'll do great -- but let's try anyway. Let's say Austin beats Hall, because I think it'd be ludicrous if he doesn't. So then:
- If Rock beats Hulk, and Nash doesn't have a match, the nWo, having lost all its matches, can't be taken too seriously anymore. I think this would happen only if the nWo fucks up backstage, or if it's thought that they're not over enough to play out this angle any further. Which are certainly distinct possibilities. As of this very moment, I would say neither one applies.
(I suppose losses by both Hulk and Nash could also happen if, in some convoluted way, the "nWo loses after all" angle can be twisted into a promotional split... don't see how offhand.)
- If Nash has a match and wins, then Rock can win without it ending the nWo. Would that happen? Well, it depends on who they match up Nash with... and honestly, I can't imagine who the hell it might be. (Edge?? I dunno.)
In sum, I think who wins Rock/Hulk depends on how over the nWo are perceived as being a couple weeks from now, and on what they decide to do with Nash... so it's too early to say.
This really was one of the better episodes of Impact that they've run post Russo's return. WHAT WORKED: This was an oddly good post-Russo Mark II iMPACT. I mean all the booking was stupid but the actual work was solid.