History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WWE

29th Apr '16 12:20:09 PM thecarolinabull01
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Had Wrestling/BrockLesnar not left in 2004, we would had reprised his feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker now back as the "Original Deadman".

to:

* Had Wrestling/BrockLesnar not left in 2004, we would had reprised his feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker now back as the "Original Deadman".Deadman", which eventually did happen in 2014 and 2015.



* During her time in developmental, Shantelle Taylor (aka former TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde) wrestled in dark matches for Smackdown under the name San-Eye while wearing a mask. The story goes that she would've been called up as the masked San-Eye character eventually winning the cruiserweight title before unmasking to reveal she was actually a woman. This was dropped after only a few matches and Taylor was sent back down to developmental before eventually being released.

to:

* During her time in developmental, Shantelle Taylor (aka former TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde) Wrestling/TaylorWilde) wrestled in dark matches for Smackdown under the name San-Eye while wearing a mask. The story goes that she would've been called up as the masked San-Eye character eventually winning the cruiserweight title before unmasking to reveal she was actually a woman. This was dropped after only a few matches and Taylor was sent back down to developmental before eventually being released.
17th Apr '16 7:34:12 AM JamesAustin
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In late 1993, the WWF decided to revive the previously inactive [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html Women's Championship]] by bringing in Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, under the new name Alundra Blayze, who would win the title in December of that year. A few months later, in 1994, the WWF brought in legendary [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling AJW]] wrestler Bull Nakano to face off against Blayze, and the two would engage in a heated rivalry that lasted throughout the rest of the year and produced good matches. In 1995, the WWF signed Rhonda Singh, bringing her in as vicious yet comedic heel Bertha Faye, the trailer trash girlfriend of [[Wrestling/HarveyWippleman Dr. Harvey Wippleman]]. Since Blayze would be out for a few months getting plastic surgery after Faye broke her nose in her debut, the plan was for Faye to feud with Bull until Blayze returned and then build the division up from there. However, Bull was found in possession of cocaine and subsequently fired, leaving Faye without a feud, and by the end of the year, frustrated with her gimmick and being told she couldn't perform her signature powerbomb as [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]] was using it as his FinishingMove, Singh had left. At Survivor Series 1995, WWF brought in more women from AJW (Sakie Hasegawa, Chaparita ASARI, Kyoko Inoue, Wrestling/AjaKong, Tomoko Watanabe and Wrestling/LionessAsuka) with the intention of building Aja Kong up as Blayze's next challenger, as she picked up wins over the next few weeks on Monday Night Raw and was scheduled to face Blayze for the belt at the 1996 Royal Rumble. However, Blayze did not like Kong, who was notoriously stiff, and refused to work with her, instead sitting out the last month of her contract and refusing to re-sign while she was still champion. The WWF abandoned its women's division before bringing it back three years later. It's a story full of what ifs: would the plan to build a solid division around Bull, Faye and Blayze have succeeded if Bull hadn't been fired? Would fan interest have continued if the Blayze/Kong feud had gone off as planned, and if so, would WWE keep the focus on bringing in actual women wrestlers (be it American girls, Japanese joshi or Mexican luchadoras)?
** Of course, the kicker to all of this was the fact that the day her contract with WWF expired, she showed up on WCW Monday Nitro as Madusa with the WWF Women's Championship belt...which she then proceeded to toss in the trash.
*** The ''really'' painful part? The massive loss of face Vince suffered from Madusa's action (particularly, having a WWF title on WCW television), is believed to be part of why he pulled the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. This event, of course, also has so many "what could have been" moments as well: Bret Hart was supposed to drop the title at Survivor Series to Shawn Michaels the night before his contract expired, but refused to do so due to the pay-per-view being held in Canada. Desperate to make sure his top prize doesn't leave the company with Hart, Vince forced the referee to ring the bell and declare Michaels as the new champion. The massive amount of heat [=McMahon=] got from the event led to the development of his CorruptCorporateExecutive persona, which led to his classic feud with Steve Austin that helped launch the Attitude Era.
* Wrestling/ScottHall was supposed to beat Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in their Wrestlemania X8 match but Austin pretty much shot it down as hard as he could, not wanting to lose to the 'invading' force of the nWo. It pretty much killed the entire storyline dead.

to:

* In late 1993, the WWF decided to revive the previously inactive [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html Women's Championship]] by bringing in Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, under the new name Alundra Blayze, who would win the title in December of that year. A few months later, in 1994, the WWF brought in legendary [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling AJW]] wrestler Bull Nakano to face off against Blayze, and the two would engage in a heated rivalry that lasted throughout the rest of the year and produced good matches. In 1995, the WWF signed Rhonda Singh, bringing her in as vicious yet comedic heel Bertha Faye, the trailer trash girlfriend of [[Wrestling/HarveyWippleman Dr. Harvey Wippleman]]. Since Blayze would be out for a few months getting plastic surgery after Faye broke her nose in her debut, the plan was for Faye to feud with Bull until Blayze returned and then build the division up from there. However, Bull was found in possession of cocaine and subsequently fired, leaving Faye without a feud, and by the end of the year, frustrated with her gimmick and being told she couldn't perform her signature powerbomb as [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]] was using it as his FinishingMove, Singh had left. At Survivor Series 1995, WWF brought in more women from AJW (Sakie Hasegawa, Chaparita ASARI, Kyoko Inoue, Wrestling/AjaKong, Tomoko Watanabe and Wrestling/LionessAsuka) with the intention of building Aja Kong up as Blayze's next challenger, as she picked up wins over the next few weeks on Monday Night Raw and was scheduled to face Blayze for the belt at the 1996 Royal Rumble. However, Blayze did not like Kong, who was notoriously stiff, and refused to work with her, instead sitting out the last month of her contract and refusing to re-sign while she was still champion. The WWF abandoned its women's division before bringing it back three years later. It's a story full of what ifs: would the plan to build a solid division around Bull, Faye and Blayze have succeeded if Bull hadn't been fired? Would fan interest have continued if the Blayze/Kong feud had gone off as planned, and if so, would WWE keep the focus on bringing in actual women wrestlers (be it American girls, Japanese joshi or Mexican luchadoras)?
**
luchadoras)? Of course, the kicker to all of this was the fact that the day her contract with WWF expired, she showed up on WCW Monday Nitro as Madusa with the WWF Women's Championship belt...which she then proceeded to toss in the trash.
***
trash The ''really'' painful part? The massive loss of face Vince suffered from Madusa's action (particularly, having a WWF title on WCW television), is believed to be part of why he pulled the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. This event, of course, also has so many "what could have been" moments as well: Bret Hart was supposed to drop the title at Survivor Series to Shawn Michaels the night before his contract expired, but refused to do so due to the pay-per-view being held in Canada. Desperate to make sure his top prize doesn't leave the company with Hart, Vince forced the referee to ring the bell and declare Michaels as the new champion. The massive amount of heat [=McMahon=] got from the event led to the development of his CorruptCorporateExecutive persona, which led to his classic feud with Steve Austin that helped launch the Attitude Era.
* Wrestling/ScottHall was supposed to beat Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in their Wrestlemania X8 ''[=WrestleMania=] X8'' match but Austin pretty much shot it down as hard as he could, not wanting to lose to the 'invading' force of the nWo. It pretty much killed the entire storyline dead.nWo.
10th Apr '16 2:34:18 AM thecarolinabull01
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Mr. Kennedy was supposed to be Vince's illegitimate son. Then he got himself a Wellness Policy violation.

to:

* [[Wrestling/KenAnderson Mr. Kennedy Kennedy]] was supposed to be Vince's illegitimate son. Then he got himself a Wellness Policy violation.
28th Mar '16 6:00:19 PM McJeff
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Had Wrestling/BrianPillman not died on the day of the In Your House: Badd Blood PPV, his storyline with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} would have ended with him stealing Goldust's wife, Terri Runnels.

to:

* Had Wrestling/BrianPillman not died on the day of the In Your House: Badd Blood PPV, his storyline with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} would have ended with him stealing Goldust's wife, Terri Runnels. He had already won her servitude, but in a match where Goldust was wrestling to win her back, she was going to turn on him and side with Pillman for real.
28th Mar '16 5:56:50 PM McJeff
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Daniel Bryan's injury after Extreme Rules wrote him out of the business end of a CurbStompBattle by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. The result, instead of Daniel Bryan's WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign being ended as the result of the Authority [[GodzillaThreshold calling]] Brock Lesnar in as a hired gun after Kane [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness proved to be ineffective]], John Cena was inserted in the role of martyr which only in the smark's eyes was a TakeThatScrappy.

to:

* Daniel Bryan's injury after Extreme Rules wrote him out of the business end of a CurbStompBattle by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. The result, instead of Daniel Bryan's WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign being ended as the result of the Authority [[GodzillaThreshold calling]] Brock Lesnar in as a hired gun after Kane [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness proved to be ineffective]], John Cena was inserted in the role of martyr which sacrificial lamb. Since then, John Cena has gone through a sort of career renaissance as far as smarks are concerned, moving back to the upper midcards and having amazing match after amazing match during his run as United States Champion. Brock Lesnar also benefitted from the angle - fans hadn't completely warmed up to him due to his previous departure on bad terms from pro wrestling and his part-time working schedule. But beating up Cena not only caused the fans to love Lesnar, but started the popularity of Lesnar as a special attraction who completely annihilates whoever he's in the smark's eyes was ring against. How would fans have reacted to him squashing a TakeThatScrappy.favorite like Daniel Bryan instead? And how much staler could Cena have gotten?
11th Feb '16 8:49:16 PM wyattte
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* What if [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] didn't get "fired" from the WWE and stayed in Wrestling/TheNexus? Well, at least that one generally worked out for the best. Otherwise, he probably would have been stuck in Wrestling/WadeBarrett's shadow, and there would have been no face push, no US title win, no Money in the Bank victory, no World Heavyweight Championship victory, no [[BigYes YES! chants]], no [[BigNo NO! chants]], no 18-second loss to Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, no [[Wrestling/{{Kane}} Team Hell No]], no Wrestling/AJLee push, etc.

to:

* What if [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] didn't get "fired" from the WWE and stayed in Wrestling/TheNexus? Well, at least that one generally worked out for the best. Otherwise, he probably would have been stuck in Wrestling/WadeBarrett's shadow, and there would have been no face push, no US title win, no Money in the Bank victory, no World Heavyweight Championship victory, no [[BigYes YES! chants]], no [[BigNo NO! chants]], no 18-second loss to Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, no [[Wrestling/{{Kane}} Team Hell No]], no Wrestling/AJLee push, etc.and no Yes!lemania XXX.



* A third would be Wrestling/AJStyles who turned down a developmental contract to stay and support his future wife's college education.
** Other wrestlers mostly associated with TNA who had stints or worked dark matches in WWE include Alex Shelley, Kazarian, Eric Young, Wrestling/BobbyRoode, Wrestling/SamoaJoe and Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels.

to:

* A third would be Wrestling/AJStyles who turned down a developmental contract to stay and support his future wife's college education. \n That said, AJ finally did show up in WWE in 2016.
** Other wrestlers mostly associated with TNA who had stints or worked dark matches in WWE include Alex Shelley, Kazarian, Eric Young, Wrestling/BobbyRoode, Wrestling/SamoaJoe (who also eventually showed up on WWE television in NXT), and Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels.



* Had Wrestling/BrianPillman not died just before the In Your House: Badd blood PPV, his storyline with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} would have ended with him stealing Goldust's wife, Terri Runnels.

to:

* Had Wrestling/BrianPillman not died just before on the day of the In Your House: Badd blood Blood PPV, his storyline with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} would have ended with him stealing Goldust's wife, Terri Runnels.



* Wrestling/WilliamRegal was receiving a major push for the WWE title in 2008. By his own admission, he got self-conscious, started using steroids, got caught, and got suspended. Nowadays, he's barely on TV.

to:

* Wrestling/WilliamRegal was receiving a major push for the WWE title in 2008. By his own admission, he got self-conscious, started using steroids, got caught, and got suspended. Nowadays, he's When he came back, he was barely on TV.TV.



* However, WWE already had a similar 'character' in [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio Cesaro]], and not wanting to have two similar characters, Cesaro was given a yodeling gimmick and his push came to a abrupt stop. This gimmick led to a feud with R-Truth that brought the latter back to his [[TheScrappy rapping gimmick]] after two years of being in EnsembleDarkhorse territory. Of course, then WWE solved the issue of having similar characters by aligning Cesaro with Colter and forming a mini-stable out of the situation

to:

* However, WWE already had a similar 'character' in [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio Cesaro]], and not wanting to have two similar characters, Cesaro was given a yodeling gimmick and his push came to a abrupt stop. This gimmick led to a feud with R-Truth that brought the latter back to his [[TheScrappy rapping gimmick]] after two years of being in EnsembleDarkhorse territory. Of course, then WWE solved the issue of having similar characters by aligning Cesaro with Colter and forming a mini-stable out of the situationsituation.
9th Feb '16 9:16:04 PM MysteriousMrX
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's [=WrestleMania=] Streak has plenty:
** The Undertaker original match at WrestleMania 21 was going to be for him to team up with Wrestling/{{Kane}} to face Wrestling/GeneSnitsky and Wrestling/{{Heidenreich}}, both of whom were feuding with Kane and Undertaker (respectively) at the time. However, Undertaker opted to face Wrestling/RandyOrton instead.
*** It is also believed that Undertaker had originally approached Wrestling/RandyOrton in having him break the streak at WrestleMania 21. However, Orton turned down the offer out of respect to Taker.
** Wrestling/MarkHenry was also briefly considered to break Wrestling/TheUndertaker's streak.
** According to Wrestling/KurtAngle, he was considered to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania 22 in a match for the World Heavyweight Championship instead of at No Way Out 2006. Undertaker was willing to take the loss because he hadn't had a 5-Star WrestleMania match and the writing team was willing to do it to keep Angle looking strong as champion. If this had happened, would Rey Mysterio Jr have gained the World Heavyweight Championship during the Eddiesploitation angle?

to:

* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's [=WrestleMania=] Wrestling/WrestleMania Winning Streak has plenty:
''PLENTY'':
** The Undertaker original match at WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] 21 was going to be for him to team up with Wrestling/{{Kane}} to face Wrestling/GeneSnitsky and Wrestling/{{Heidenreich}}, both of whom were feuding with Kane and the Undertaker (respectively) at the time. However, Undertaker opted to face Wrestling/RandyOrton instead.
*** It is also believed that Undertaker had originally approached Wrestling/RandyOrton in having him break the streak at WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] 21. However, Orton turned down the offer out of respect to Taker.
** Wrestling/MarkHenry was also briefly considered to break Wrestling/TheUndertaker's the Undertaker's streak.
** According to Wrestling/KurtAngle, he was considered to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] 22 in a match for the World Heavyweight Championship instead of at No Way Out 2006. Undertaker was willing to take the loss because he hadn't had a 5-Star WrestleMania match and the writing team was willing to do it to keep Angle looking strong as champion. If this had happened, would Rey Mysterio Jr have gained the World Heavyweight Championship during the Eddiesploitation angle?



** Wrestling/{{Sting}} was approached to wrestle Wrestling/TheUndertaker at [[http://www2.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/184049/Wrestlemania-takes-hold ''Wrestlemania XXVII'']], but turned it down because he disliked Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's treatment of former WCW talent.

to:

** Wrestling/{{Sting}} was approached to wrestle Wrestling/TheUndertaker the Undertaker at [[http://www2.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/184049/Wrestlemania-takes-hold ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'']], but turned it down because he disliked Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's treatment of former WCW talent.



** There were apparently plans to have Wrestling/WadeBarrett vs. Undertaker at ''WM XXVII'' quite early on, which appears to be evidenced by the rather sudden beatdown by Wrestling/TheNexus upon Wrestling/TheUndertaker in at Bragging Rights 2010.
** To add to the Undertaker's history with Wrestlemania XXVII's matches, the original plan was for Undertaker to fight Wrestling/BrockLesnar as well. Wrestling/PaulHeyman ultimately revealed this to be true in an interview and that HE was the one that proposed the idea and that he wanted to show Undertaker and Brock Lesner's real-life confrontation at a UFC event to setup their match. However, Dana White (UFC President at the time) rejected the idea because he refused to let Lesnar fight and wrestle at the same time.
** When Wrestling/TheUndertaker was to defend The Streak against Wrestling/CMPunk at Wrestlemania 29. WWE originally wanted to do something with Punk's manager Wrestling/PaulHeyman going up against Taker's longtime manager Wrestling/PaulBearer. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bearer passed away on March 5, 2013]], just a few weeks before Taker and Punk's match at Mania.
** On Wrestling/SteveAustin's podcast, Wrestling/TommyDreamer mentioned that he had worked out a deal for Wrestling/{{Abyss}} to come to WWE, and they were even considering him as an opponent for Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}}. Unfortunately, Abyss got cold feet about leaving Wrestling/{{TNA}}, and backed out of the deal at the last minute.

to:

** There were apparently plans to have Wrestling/WadeBarrett vs. Undertaker at ''WM ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' quite early on, which appears to be evidenced by the rather sudden beatdown by Wrestling/TheNexus upon Wrestling/TheUndertaker in the Undertaker at Bragging Rights 2010.
** To add to the Undertaker's history with Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] XXVII's matches, the original plan was for Undertaker to fight Wrestling/BrockLesnar as well. Wrestling/PaulHeyman ultimately revealed this to be true in an interview and that HE was the one that proposed the idea and that he wanted to show Undertaker and Brock Lesner's real-life confrontation at a UFC event to setup their match. However, Dana White (UFC President at the time) rejected the idea because he refused to let Lesnar fight and wrestle at the same time.
** When Wrestling/TheUndertaker was to defend The Streak against Wrestling/CMPunk at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] 29. WWE originally wanted to do something with Punk's manager Wrestling/PaulHeyman going up against Taker's longtime manager Wrestling/PaulBearer. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bearer passed away on March 5, 2013]], just a few weeks before Taker and Punk's match at Mania.
** On Wrestling/SteveAustin's podcast, Wrestling/TommyDreamer mentioned that he had worked out a deal for Wrestling/{{Abyss}} to come to WWE, and they were even considering him as an opponent for Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}}.[=WrestleMania=]. Unfortunately, Abyss got cold feet about leaving Wrestling/{{TNA}}, and backed out of the deal at the last minute.
9th Feb '16 9:10:55 PM MysteriousMrX
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Wrestling/{{Sting}} was approached to wrestle Wrestling/TheUndertaker at [[http://www2.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/184049/Wrestlemania-takes-hold ''Wrestlemania XXVII'']], but turned it down because he disliked Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's treatment of former WCW talent.
** There was what appears to be a rather interesting side-effect to Sting turning the offer down; Wrestling/TripleH's entrance included an abbreviated version of the Music/{{Metallica}} song ''For Whom The Bell Tolls''. Considering that Sting's entrance music in WCW used to be ''Seek & Destroy'', it's thought that WWE had secured the rights to a play a Metallica track at the event in advance specifically for Sting, and decided to use a different track when he declined the offer.

to:

* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's [=WrestleMania=] Streak has plenty:
** The Undertaker original match at WrestleMania 21 was going to be for him to team up with Wrestling/{{Kane}} to face Wrestling/GeneSnitsky and Wrestling/{{Heidenreich}}, both of whom were feuding with Kane and Undertaker (respectively) at the time. However, Undertaker opted to face Wrestling/RandyOrton instead.
*** It is also believed that Undertaker had originally approached Wrestling/RandyOrton in having him break the streak at WrestleMania 21. However, Orton turned down the offer out of respect to Taker.
** Wrestling/MarkHenry was also briefly considered to break Wrestling/TheUndertaker's streak.
** According to Wrestling/KurtAngle, he was considered to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania 22 in a match for the World Heavyweight Championship instead of at No Way Out 2006. Undertaker was willing to take the loss because he hadn't had a 5-Star WrestleMania match and the writing team was willing to do it to keep Angle looking strong as champion. If this had happened, would Rey Mysterio Jr have gained the World Heavyweight Championship during the Eddiesploitation angle?
*** As for the Eddiesploitation angle, would Chavo's career be different if he ''hadn't'' turned it down as their original choice?
** According to a Blog posted by Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/ChrisJericho that was posted around the time of [=WrestleMania=] 31, Edge was also considered to break the Streak during the time of [=WrestleMania=] XXIV, Edge however replied with a sharp "Hell no," believing that the streak should not have been ended.
**
Wrestling/{{Sting}} was approached to wrestle Wrestling/TheUndertaker at [[http://www2.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/184049/Wrestlemania-takes-hold ''Wrestlemania XXVII'']], but turned it down because he disliked Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's treatment of former WCW talent.
** *** There was what appears to be a rather interesting side-effect to Sting turning the offer down; Wrestling/TripleH's entrance included an abbreviated version of the Music/{{Metallica}} song ''For Whom The Bell Tolls''. Considering that Sting's entrance music in WCW used to be ''Seek & Destroy'', it's thought that WWE had secured the rights to a play a Metallica track at the event in advance specifically for Sting, and decided to use a different track when he declined the offer.offer.
** There were apparently plans to have Wrestling/WadeBarrett vs. Undertaker at ''WM XXVII'' quite early on, which appears to be evidenced by the rather sudden beatdown by Wrestling/TheNexus upon Wrestling/TheUndertaker in at Bragging Rights 2010.



** There were apparently plans to have Wrestling/WadeBarrett vs. Undertaker at ''WM XXVII'' quite early on, which appears to be evidenced by the rather sudden beatdown by Wrestling/TheNexus upon Wrestling/TheUndertaker in at Bragging Rights 2010.

to:

** There were apparently plans to have Wrestling/WadeBarrett vs. Undertaker at ''WM XXVII'' quite early on, which appears to be evidenced by the rather sudden beatdown by Wrestling/TheNexus upon When Wrestling/TheUndertaker in was to defend The Streak against Wrestling/CMPunk at Bragging Rights 2010.Wrestlemania 29. WWE originally wanted to do something with Punk's manager Wrestling/PaulHeyman going up against Taker's longtime manager Wrestling/PaulBearer. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bearer passed away on March 5, 2013]], just a few weeks before Taker and Punk's match at Mania.
** On Wrestling/SteveAustin's podcast, Wrestling/TommyDreamer mentioned that he had worked out a deal for Wrestling/{{Abyss}} to come to WWE, and they were even considering him as an opponent for Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}}. Unfortunately, Abyss got cold feet about leaving Wrestling/{{TNA}}, and backed out of the deal at the last minute.



* Wrestling/TheUndertaker's original match at WrestleMania 21 was going to be for him to team up with Wrestling/{{Kane}} to face Wrestling/GeneSnitsky and Wrestling/{{Heidenreich}}, both of whom were feuding with Kane and Undertaker (respectively) at the time. However, Undertaker opted to face Wrestling/RandyOrton instead.
** It is believed that Undertaker had originally approached Wrestling/RandyOrton in having him break the streak at WrestleMania 21, however Orton turned down the offer out of respect to Taker.
** Wrestling/MarkHenry was briefly considered to break Wrestling/TheUndertaker's streak.
** According to Wrestling/KurtAngle, he was considered to end Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania 22 in a match for the World Heavyweight Championship instead of at No Way Out 2006. Undertaker was willing to take the loss because he hadn't had a 5 Star WrestleMania match and the writing team was willing to do it to keep Angle looking strong as champion. If this had happened, would Rey Mysterio Jr have gained the World Heavyweight Championship during the Eddiesploitation angle?
*** As for the Eddiesploitation angle, would Chavo's career be different if he ''hadn't'' turned it down as their original choice?
** According to a Blog posted by Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/ChrisJericho that was posted around the time of [=WrestleMania=] 31, Edge was also considered to break the Streak during the time of [=WrestleMania=] XXIV, Edge however replied with a sharp "Hell no," believing that the streak should not have been ended.



* When Wrestling/TheUndertaker was to defend The Streak against Wrestling/CMPunk at Wrestlemania 29. WWE originally wanted to do something with Punk's manager Wrestling/PaulHeyman going up against Taker's longtime manager Wrestling/PaulBearer. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Bearer passed away on March 5, 2013]], just a few weeks before Taker and Punk's match at Mania.



* On Wrestling/SteveAustin's podcast, Wrestling/TommyDreamer mentioned that he had worked out a deal for Wrestling/{{Abyss}} to come to WWE, and they were even considering him as an opponent for Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}}. Unfortunately, Abyss got cold feet about leaving Wrestling/{{TNA}}, and backed out of the deal at the last minute.
30th Dec '15 11:16:58 AM sniperfox29
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** That has been dismissed as a myth (by Michael Hayes on a Legend Of Wrestling episode). Besides, Hennig did a far better job than Taylor ever would have done, and Taylor only flopped because he thought the gimmick was a shot at him and refused to give it his all.
21st Dec '15 2:34:51 AM Adept
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Even further - if Triple H didn't tear his quad, thus leaving the WWE without Triple H ''and'' [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who was shooting ''TheScorpionKing'' at the time, then TLC III wouldn't have taken place at the following [=SmackDown=] tapings due the WWF having to scramble rewrite the show; ChrisBenoit may not have broken his neck (TLC III was the match where the injury first happened), the WCW Invasion may not have occurred in the manner it did (The first WCW run-in happened the week after the injury), and ChrisJericho & KurtAngle may not have been pushed to the main event due to the the three absences already mentioned.

to:

** Even further - if Triple H didn't tear his quad, thus leaving the WWE without Triple H ''and'' [[DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who was shooting ''TheScorpionKing'' ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' at the time, then TLC III wouldn't have taken place at the following [=SmackDown=] tapings due the WWF having to scramble rewrite the show; ChrisBenoit may not have broken his neck (TLC III was the match where the injury first happened), the WCW Invasion may not have occurred in the manner it did (The first WCW run-in happened the week after the injury), and ChrisJericho & KurtAngle may not have been pushed to the main event due to the the three absences already mentioned.
This list shows the last 10 events of 123. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=WhatCouldHaveBeen.WWE