WWE Legend Once Revealed Why Vince McMahon Loved the Anti Climatic End to an Infamous Storyline Involving Dwayne Johnson in 2000
WWE has often engrossed its fans with some brilliant storytelling over the years. Many of the storylines have become iconic and fans talk about them to this day.
The Attitude Era was also quite famous for many such angles that held the attention of fans. One of the intriguing and infamous storylines from that era was the mystery of who ran over Stone Cold Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1999.
Talking about long-term booking, the angle took nearly 11 months to reveal who was the mystery attacker.
When it was finally disclosed that Dwayne Johnson’s cousin Rikishi was behind the attack, it was an anti-climatic end. Fans met it with an underwhelming response overall. However, WWE legend Bruce Prichard said Vince McMahon loved the idea because no one could see it coming.
Vince McMahon loved the idea of Rikishi being the mystery attacker
Vince McMahon’s tenure in WWE was defined by tremendous success and many over-the-top angles at times. The Stone Cold mystery attacker’s story was at one such angle.
Initially, the idea was to write off Stone Cold Steve Austin as he was due to have neck surgery. At Survivor Series 1999, a parking lot chase between Steve Austin and Triple H occurred. All of a sudden, a car came out of nowhere and ran down Austin.
Thus began the classic case of ‘whodunnit‘ around the angle. Weeks and months passed, but we were none closer to finding out who attacked Austin.
Fans speculated and threw around all kinds of names and theories as to who was behind this heinous act. Eventually, on October 9th, 2000, Mick Foley, the WWE commissioner, said he had the perpetrator.
In the ring at that time were Dwayne Johnson, one of the suspects, and his cousin Rikishi. In one of the most anti-climatic scenes in WWE, Rikishi claimed he was the man behind the wheel at the Survivor Series and claimed he did it for The Rock.