MeanMike wrote:I think the early shows did actually say beefcake was wrestling perfect.
Yes, in 1990 Beefcake was definitely supposed to face Perfect at SummerSlam, but as Martelfan says, the plan was for Beefcake to 'return the favour' from WrestleMania VI and Perfect would retain the title and drop it to Texas Tornado later on. Beefcake's accident was only a few days before SummerSlam which forced the substitution, and the call was made for Tornado to take the title instead since that was the long term goal anyway, and in those days if there was a substitution, you generally would put the babyface over to keep the crowd happy (plus bringing in Tornado and then having him lose his first high profile match so quickly wouldn't have done him any good.)
Martelfan wrote:Knowing Vince, knowing how he booked in those days, knowing that he had Hogans' LOUD refusal of the million dollar man bucks as a staple for 1988...why would he then just make DiBiase the champion without paying for it...from a booking angle, it didnt make sense. The way Ted did 'win' the belt (Andre giving it to him) is the ONLY way he could have won it.
I think it would have given DiBiase more heat if anything, to 'prove' that he could win it on his own merits but having had the temerity to think he could just buy it, and based on the brackets that came out before plans changed, it's possible DiBiase wouldn't have even beat Hogan, essentially making Hogan a guy who'd lost his title unjustly with DiBiase as the perpetrator (even if things hadn't gone strictly to plan.)