jean-vic Posted June 21, 2017 Share Posted June 21, 2017 The year is 2000. We are about to head into the Royal Rumble. Stone Cold is number one contender for the WWF Championship, but HBK believes he should be the number one contender as he pinned the champion, Triple H, clean in an elimination tag match at Armageddon. Austin is set to beat HBK on Raw, cementing himself as the top contender. He will then take the title from Triple H the following week on Raw. Triple H has a rematch at RR, and the frustrated HBK, who has just been eliminated last by The Rock in the RR match, appears, hits Austin with Sweet Chin Music and allows Trips to regain the title. I wanted this to lead into a Stone Cold/HBK feud that runs until Summerslam where Austin would eventually win the title from HBK who is scheduled to win the title at Judgment Day from The Rock. Problem is, HBK refuses to turn. He's making too much merchandise money. That now leaves me in a quandary. Do I somehow shoehorn Triple H back into the title picture even though he has been champion since Unforgiven? Do I push Big Show into HBK's slot, book him like a monster heel and hope his weaker entertainment skills don't hinder ratings? Do I turn Kane, despite turning him face not long back, because he has proven he can get over (I got him to 97 pop last time I pushed him)? Do I turn Foley heel when he returns from injury at the Rumble and bring back Cactus Jack as he is the second most popular wrestler on my roster? Or do I force HBK to turn? I've never had a worker refuse a turn before, so I don't know the implications of forcing it through. HBK is flaky at the best of times, and my concern is that he runs off to WCW who are still financially successful but are only National because their main event scene still has the likes of Hogan, Sting and Savage, though they are aging. HBK defecting would be a bad loss as I can't seem to get Rock past 91 pop no matter how I book him, Undertaker never progresses past 89 and Triple H is stalled at 90. HBK is one of my top five draws, gains pop very easily and barely loses any. He hasn't held a title since Wrestlemania 14 and has lost every feud he's been in because I have to punish his behaviour, yet he is still more popular than all but two workers on my roster. Losing him could potentially knock me below WCW in the National Battles I'm currently winning in three regions. Anyone forced a turn through or have they respected the worker and changed their plans? Anyone got any suggestions on what route I should take? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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