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  • What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

    I'm of the impression that "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner's WWE run didn't work because Vince wanted him to be more of a competitive in-ring wrestler like he used to be from his Steiner Brothers heyday from 1989-1994, even though Scott had well-documented back issues that caused him to finally go under the knife in 1999 where he had steel rods implanted in his back from three ruptured back disks. But it was his drop foot injury that limited him since the final days of WCW in 2001, and he couldn't be the wrestler Vince hoped he was getting when Scott did endless suplexes, botched moves and even certain fans remember him for falling off the ring apron. Vince expecting Steiner to be the in-ring wrestler he used to be but no longer was, definitely was the biggest factor in Vince miscasting Steiner (as BPP) as a face character, just another example of Vince and WWE being too afraid to give Steiner a live microphone! Unscripted, uncensored and unfiltered shoot promos are where most of Steiner's mic work skills come from. To make him do WWE-style scripted promos is so far out of Steiner's comfort zone in promos. Same thing can easily apply to Kevin Nash too, although Nash was more of an unscripted witty cutting edge promo cutter, while Steiner was more of a total off-script promo cutter.

    If only Vince understood or had the realization that the Scott Steiner that returned to WWE in 2002 isn't the same Scott Steiner that left the WWF in 1994, maybe he would've been in a better position to succeed like Hogan, Flair, Nash, Goldberg and Booker T did, and maybe Sting and DDP would have been successful. Too bad WWE and Vince expected Steiner to be anything else besides his Big Poppa Pump character that he created in 1998 (with a little help from Bischoff and Hogan). Maybe Scott Steiner's behind-the-scenes issues with Ric Flair, DDP and Torrie Wilson could've hurt him more than his drop foot injury, but I think the RAW brand already had Triple H as their designated #1 heel in 2003. Some say being on the SmackDown! brand could've helped mask Steiner's drop foot injury and his limited mobility with matches like Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, but Vince didn't want him on SmackDown!.

    Vince wanted Steiner on RAW because RAW was looked at as the star-driven soap opera storyline-centric WWE brand, while SD! was the WWE brand that catered a little more to in-ring abilities, and because Steiner was one of WCW's top stars during WCW's final years. That explains why Steiner was assigned to the RAW brand, where he was given two title shots at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Belt versus Triple H in his first two PPV match outings, where the Royal Rumble 2003 crowd turned against Steiner. Not only did Steiner was plagued with his drop foot injury, but I think Triple H was also limited due to him having put on so much muscle mass to overcompensate for his torn quadriceps in 2001 that sidelined him for the entire WWF InVasion storyline. Still, most of the blame in their two matches went to Steiner for not being the wrestler that he used to be in 1989-1994 that Vince wanted him to be, plus Scott wasn't going to do anymore of his high-flying moves at 40, and WWE demonstrated his weaknesses more.

    It's clear Vince didn't want Scott Steiner doing unfiltered, unscripted and uncensored promos like he did from 1998-2001 just because it's based on his late 1990s/early 2000s backstage reputation from WCW, as well as the fact that Steiner's Big Poppa Pump persona was considered a WCW creation, much like the New World Order (nWo) faction was a WCW creation; since The Steiner Brothers had two WWF Tag Team Championship reigns in 1993. Plus, the main event scene in WWE required most of their main eventers to work big matches with WWE's Box Office main-event style moveset for more than 10 minutes, which was impossible for the likes of Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner or even Goldberg to do.

    After leaving WWE in 2004, Scott Steiner finally had surgery for his drop foot injury via bone graft from his hip; and once he was ready to return in 2006, I think Scott Steiner went on to revitalize his declining wrestling career in TNA where he had occasional flashes of his old high flying moveset like the Frankensteiner off the top rope, only saved for PPV matches; plus, I think TNA allowed Scott Steiner to be himself on the mic for promos like WCW did. Something WWE wasn't going to do since WWE is a corporate public company as opposed to the private family owned company they were prior to 1999 when WWF was going to go public based on the popularity of Steve Austin and The Rock for The Attitude Era.

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    Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

    1) Ric Flair's detest of Steiner going back to WCW rubbed onto Triple H and it was never going to work right than and there. It's the same reason DDP never got to breathe when he came over from WCW, Flair had Vince and HHH's ears at that point and neither were ever liked by Flair by both's accounts. Steiner didn't have the backstage politics game he had in the Russo WCW. It didn't matter how well the fans loved Steiner or if he could put butts in the seat, at this time Triple H didn't have the business mentality he has now where he can let bygones be bygones and suck it up for the better of the product(Bret Hart a prime example).

    2) Injuries he compounded from the wear and tear in Japan, and WCW led to a immobile Steiner at the time he signed with the WWE. The feud with Test was embarrassing for both guys. You had to really work with Steiner and allow him to get his power shots and make it a slow enough match that doesn't make Steiner look like a fish out of water.
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      Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

      1) Ric Flair's detest of Steiner going back to WCW rubbed onto Triple H and it was never going to work right than and there. It's the same reason DDP never got to breathe when he came over from WCW, Flair had Vince and HHH's ears at that point and neither were ever liked by Flair by both's accounts. Steiner didn't have the backstage politics game he had in the Russo WCW. It didn't matter how well the fans loved Steiner or if he could put butts in the seat, at this time Triple H didn't have the business mentality he has now where he can let bygones be bygones and suck it up for the better of the product(Bret Hart a prime example).

      2) Injuries he compounded from the wear and tear in Japan, and WCW led to a immobile Steiner at the time he signed with the WWE. The feud with Test was embarrassing for both guys. You had to really work with Steiner and allow him to get his power shots and make it a slow enough match that doesn't make Steiner look like a fish out of water.
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      • #4
        Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

        Originally posted by Blindy View Post
        1) Ric Flair's detest of Steiner going back to WCW rubbed onto Triple H and it was never going to work right than and there. It's the same reason DDP never got to breathe when he came over from WCW, Flair had Vince and HHH's ears at that point and neither were ever liked by Flair by both's accounts. Steiner didn't have the backstage politics game he had in the Russo WCW. It didn't matter how well the fans loved Steiner or if he could put butts in the seat, at this time Triple H didn't have the business mentality he has now where he can let bygones be bygones and suck it up for the better of the product(Bret Hart a prime example).

        2) Injuries he compounded from the wear and tear in Japan, and WCW led to a immobile Steiner at the time he signed with the WWE. The feud with Test was embarrassing for both guys. You had to really work with Steiner and allow him to get his power shots and make it a slow enough match that doesn't make Steiner look like a fish out of water.
        Some say Scott Steiner was only a half-decent babyface when he was with the Steiner Brothers (ie: tag teaming with Rick from 1988 to '97-'98) because Rick was at least able to play a convincing face, not because Scott had the amazing in-ring talent. Plus, Rick was the glue that kept Scott together. Some say once the Steiner Bros. split up in 1998 as the bigger star Scott grew to become, the bigger his massive ego grew out of control based on thinking he doesn't need to sell his opponents' moves or put others over in WCW from '98-'99 through '00-'01 because he just began his singles career after years of tag teaming with Rick.

        Steiner's massive ego led to his arrest for running over a construction worker in 1998, along with punching out an EMT in 2001. Strange enough that Scott only started racking up arrests of legal entanglement issues when he was Big Poppa Pump, whereas he previously had zero arrests to his record while he was part of The Steiner Brothers. One example of why Scott Steiner's Big Poppa Pump character can often blur the lines of kayfabe and reality, the arrests. Buff Bagwell even brought up Scott's 1998 arrest on TV once in 1999. And we all know Scott was just detained when airport officials misunderstood him when he told Jennifer Hogan that Hulk Hogan inducting Randy Savage was asinine, which is pretty understandable since Hogan and Savage had a real-life feud. Hogan was the only logical choice to induct Savage to the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame, unless Ricky Steamboat was another option to induct Savage. No way it's DDP inducting Savage since Savage had very little history with DDP besides his last epic blood feud with him for much of 1997. DDP went on to become a star while Savage's career petered out after joining the nWo.

        Scott's in-ring talent and freakish athleticism were factors in being able to prove that he can be a babyface. He's just much more preferred as a heel since he has the mean and abrasive personality, both in real-life and in kayfabe, ingrained into his Big Poppa Pump character. Getting people riled up is what a heel's job is supposed to do, and that's why after he turned heel at SuperBrawl VIII (8) in February 23, 1998; Scott stopped pulling Frankensteiners in favor of a less-risky wrestling style where he just uses power shots and low-blow groin attacks to protect himself from getting injured even worse down the road. Scott became the entertaining character he needed to be.

        As for his failed WWE run, at least he lasted longer than both Scott Hall, Curt Hennig and Buff Bagwell, who were all quickly canned the moment WWF acquired them. Steiner lasted from November 2002 through January 2004, and technically he was a member of WWE through August 17, 2004. Steiner was an inactive healthy scratch for much of 2004 up until WWE finally pulled the plug on Scott Steiner's injury-plagued WWE run because WWE knew Steiner's body couldn't handle the rigors of wrestling anymore after years of taking enough physical punishment since he begun his pro wrestling career in 1986. As for the rest of the time he was active in WWE after Triple H, Scott Steiner was placed in Raw's tag team division where he teamed up with Test managed by Stacy Keibler, which has to be a step down for Scott since he's at his best with Midajah in 2000-01 WCW. Raw had no interest in building the WWE World Tag Team Championship title picture beyond the reigning champs and the top challengers, so Scott Steiner and Test never got a Tag Title run.

        I'm also guessing Scott Steiner's failed 2000s WWE run had to do with Vince McMahon getting back at him for the way he left the WWF in 1994 when Vince offered Scott to go singles as a heel and break up The Steiner Brothers, but Scott refused to split up with Rick since Scott going singles would've meant Rick spends the rest of his career toiling in midcard obscurity. That led to a shouting match with Vince McMahon, and Scott seemed miserable working the WWF style in his original WWF run from 1992-1994. Add on his later WCW years where he got an increasingly bad reputation since he became Big Poppa Pump, plus hating on Ric Flair for Flair sandbagging him in his 1991 Clash of the Champions main event match to the point that Scott cut an unauthorized shoot promo in 2000 on Flair. DDP was also on the receiving end of a Scott Steiner shoot promo, as well as Kimberly.

        Flair may hate DDP since Flair wouldn't step away from the limelight, but Flair wasn't back in the WWF when Vince brought DDP in. Flair never re-debuted for the WWF until late 2001, so Vince likely wanted to give DDP the legends treatment no matter what Flair protests of a possible DDP main event run in the WWF. If only DDP was healthy enough for a full WWF run, maybe Vince wouldn't feel the need to bury him. DDP would've had a successful WWF run if he was healthy enough throughout, whereas Scott Steiner was notoriously known for not getting along with management, whether it's Bill Watts, Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon or Paul Heyman. That's why The Steiner Brothers spent much of 1995 in journeymen territory since neither Rick nor Scott were working for WWF or WCW, with a small run in ECW.
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        • #5
          Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

          Originally posted by Blindy View Post
          1) Ric Flair's detest of Steiner going back to WCW rubbed onto Triple H and it was never going to work right than and there. It's the same reason DDP never got to breathe when he came over from WCW, Flair had Vince and HHH's ears at that point and neither were ever liked by Flair by both's accounts. Steiner didn't have the backstage politics game he had in the Russo WCW. It didn't matter how well the fans loved Steiner or if he could put butts in the seat, at this time Triple H didn't have the business mentality he has now where he can let bygones be bygones and suck it up for the better of the product(Bret Hart a prime example).

          2) Injuries he compounded from the wear and tear in Japan, and WCW led to a immobile Steiner at the time he signed with the WWE. The feud with Test was embarrassing for both guys. You had to really work with Steiner and allow him to get his power shots and make it a slow enough match that doesn't make Steiner look like a fish out of water.
          Some say Scott Steiner was only a half-decent babyface when he was with the Steiner Brothers (ie: tag teaming with Rick from 1988 to '97-'98) because Rick was at least able to play a convincing face, not because Scott had the amazing in-ring talent. Plus, Rick was the glue that kept Scott together. Some say once the Steiner Bros. split up in 1998 as the bigger star Scott grew to become, the bigger his massive ego grew out of control based on thinking he doesn't need to sell his opponents' moves or put others over in WCW from '98-'99 through '00-'01 because he just began his singles career after years of tag teaming with Rick.

          Steiner's massive ego led to his arrest for running over a construction worker in 1998, along with punching out an EMT in 2001. Strange enough that Scott only started racking up arrests of legal entanglement issues when he was Big Poppa Pump, whereas he previously had zero arrests to his record while he was part of The Steiner Brothers. One example of why Scott Steiner's Big Poppa Pump character can often blur the lines of kayfabe and reality, the arrests. Buff Bagwell even brought up Scott's 1998 arrest on TV once in 1999. And we all know Scott was just detained when airport officials misunderstood him when he told Jennifer Hogan that Hulk Hogan inducting Randy Savage was asinine, which is pretty understandable since Hogan and Savage had a real-life feud. Hogan was the only logical choice to induct Savage to the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame, unless Ricky Steamboat was another option to induct Savage. No way it's DDP inducting Savage since Savage had very little history with DDP besides his last epic blood feud with him for much of 1997. DDP went on to become a star while Savage's career petered out after joining the nWo.

          Scott's in-ring talent and freakish athleticism were factors in being able to prove that he can be a babyface. He's just much more preferred as a heel since he has the mean and abrasive personality, both in real-life and in kayfabe, ingrained into his Big Poppa Pump character. Getting people riled up is what a heel's job is supposed to do, and that's why after he turned heel at SuperBrawl VIII (8) in February 23, 1998; Scott stopped pulling Frankensteiners in favor of a less-risky wrestling style where he just uses power shots and low-blow groin attacks to protect himself from getting injured even worse down the road. Scott became the entertaining character he needed to be.

          As for his failed WWE run, at least he lasted longer than both Scott Hall, Curt Hennig and Buff Bagwell, who were all quickly canned the moment WWF acquired them. Steiner lasted from November 2002 through January 2004, and technically he was a member of WWE through August 17, 2004. Steiner was an inactive healthy scratch for much of 2004 up until WWE finally pulled the plug on Scott Steiner's injury-plagued WWE run because WWE knew Steiner's body couldn't handle the rigors of wrestling anymore after years of taking enough physical punishment since he begun his pro wrestling career in 1986. As for the rest of the time he was active in WWE after Triple H, Scott Steiner was placed in Raw's tag team division where he teamed up with Test managed by Stacy Keibler, which has to be a step down for Scott since he's at his best with Midajah in 2000-01 WCW. Raw had no interest in building the WWE World Tag Team Championship title picture beyond the reigning champs and the top challengers, so Scott Steiner and Test never got a Tag Title run.

          I'm also guessing Scott Steiner's failed 2000s WWE run had to do with Vince McMahon getting back at him for the way he left the WWF in 1994 when Vince offered Scott to go singles as a heel and break up The Steiner Brothers, but Scott refused to split up with Rick since Scott going singles would've meant Rick spends the rest of his career toiling in midcard obscurity. That led to a shouting match with Vince McMahon, and Scott seemed miserable working the WWF style in his original WWF run from 1992-1994. Add on his later WCW years where he got an increasingly bad reputation since he became Big Poppa Pump, plus hating on Ric Flair for Flair sandbagging him in his 1991 Clash of the Champions main event match to the point that Scott cut an unauthorized shoot promo in 2000 on Flair. DDP was also on the receiving end of a Scott Steiner shoot promo, as well as Kimberly.

          Flair may hate DDP since Flair wouldn't step away from the limelight, but Flair wasn't back in the WWF when Vince brought DDP in. Flair never re-debuted for the WWF until late 2001, so Vince likely wanted to give DDP the legends treatment no matter what Flair protests of a possible DDP main event run in the WWF. If only DDP was healthy enough for a full WWF run, maybe Vince wouldn't feel the need to bury him. DDP would've had a successful WWF run if he was healthy enough throughout, whereas Scott Steiner was notoriously known for not getting along with management, whether it's Bill Watts, Vince McMahon, Ric Flair, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon or Paul Heyman. That's why The Steiner Brothers spent much of 1995 in journeymen territory since neither Rick nor Scott were working for WWF or WCW, with a small run in ECW.

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          • #6
            Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

            Originally posted by Blindy View Post
            2) Injuries he compounded from the wear and tear in Japan, and WCW led to a immobile Steiner at the time he signed with the WWE. The feud with Test was embarrassing for both guys. You had to really work with Steiner and allow him to get his power shots and make it a slow enough match that doesn't make Steiner look like a fish out of water.
            I think all the political stuff aside, this is true. I think even Triple H would be happy to do business and pull a few decent matches out of anyone, whether he's going to bury them or not. Steiner just wasn't that great in the ring, in fact he wasn't even good. Injury, age, immobility. He was a joke.

            I've always felt, the WCW guys, were never on the same level as the WWF guys at the time. And it's pretty clear the WWF and Vince McMahon felt the same way.

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            • #7
              Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

              Originally posted by Blindy View Post
              2) Injuries he compounded from the wear and tear in Japan, and WCW led to a immobile Steiner at the time he signed with the WWE. The feud with Test was embarrassing for both guys. You had to really work with Steiner and allow him to get his power shots and make it a slow enough match that doesn't make Steiner look like a fish out of water.
              I think all the political stuff aside, this is true. I think even Triple H would be happy to do business and pull a few decent matches out of anyone, whether he's going to bury them or not. Steiner just wasn't that great in the ring, in fact he wasn't even good. Injury, age, immobility. He was a joke.

              I've always felt, the WCW guys, were never on the same level as the WWF guys at the time. And it's pretty clear the WWF and Vince McMahon felt the same way.

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              • #8
                Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                I don't think there is any vast conspiracy at work here. Bombing against HHH on PPV in his very first match is what killed Steiner. There was no recovering from that. It's a legit contender for worst championship match in WWE history. Had Steiner had six months of even tolerable in ring showings under his belt maybe it could have been excused as simply an off night, but he didn't. He laid an egg in his very first showing and it killed him.

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                • #9
                  Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                  I don't think there is any vast conspiracy at work here. Bombing against HHH on PPV in his very first match is what killed Steiner. There was no recovering from that. It's a legit contender for worst championship match in WWE history. Had Steiner had six months of even tolerable in ring showings under his belt maybe it could have been excused as simply an off night, but he didn't. He laid an egg in his very first showing and it killed him.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                    Did the BPP version of Scotty ever prodouce a decent "workratey" match?
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                    • #11
                      Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                      Did the BPP version of Scotty ever prodouce a decent "workratey" match?
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                      • #12
                        Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                        Originally posted by PI View Post
                        Did the BPP version of Scotty ever prodouce a decent "workratey" match?
                        He had a highly regarded match with Goldberg near the end of WCW that I've never seen.

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                        • #13
                          Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                          Originally posted by PI View Post
                          Did the BPP version of Scotty ever prodouce a decent "workratey" match?
                          He had a highly regarded match with Goldberg near the end of WCW that I've never seen.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                            Originally posted by Baker View Post
                            I don't think there is any vast conspiracy at work here. Bombing against HHH on PPV in his very first match is what killed Steiner. There was no recovering from that. It's a legit contender for worst championship match in WWE history. Had Steiner had six months of even tolerable in ring showings under his belt maybe it could have been excused as simply an off night, but he didn't. He laid an egg in his very first showing and it killed him.
                            Critics of Scott Steiner say that Scott Steiner took too much time off after WCW was bought out from WWF only being concerned with how good he looks in terms of being musclebound and years of excessive body training (ie: pumping iron), plus his backstage reputation played a big factor in WWF/E delaying Steiner's debut too long. Vince and WWF tried Scott Hall, Curt Hennig and Buff Bagwell first and hoped that those three wouldn't be major backstage problematics, to show Steiner that his backstage antics (like Hall's, Hennig's and Bagwell's) wouldn't be tolerated in WWF. The chances Vince took on Hall, Hennig and Bagwell were all proven to be worthless gambles.

                            Such a night and day comparison regarding the Scott Steiner from the final episode of WCW Nitro where he lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship Belt to Booker T versus the Scott Steiner from the abysmal Royal Rumble 2003 outing versus Triple H where BPP failed to take advantage of his two main event chances for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Belt on RAW's main event picture. His abysmal outings in Royal Rumble 2003 and No Way Out 2003 indicated that Scott Steiner was going to be benched for WrestleMania X9 (19) in favor of Booker T. Fans thought Booker T could at least stand a better chance lasting longer in ring matches than Steiner did.

                            Maybe Scott Steiner and WWE are just not a very good fit for each other. Anyway, Scott Steiner as Big Poppa Pump wasn't really work-ratey because ever since he made it to being a singles main event performer in 1998, he decided he had no desire to improve on his weaknesses, as well as declaring that he would quit selling his opponents' moves or put anyone over. That explains why Steiner grew a massive ego by the late 1990s, because he thinks there's nothing left for him to improve upon, and now he's made it as a main event performer. Maybe his critics declared him to have become lazy as an in-ring performer since becoming Big Poppa Pump, being limited to lifting weights and cutting promos.

                            Vince was okay with Kevin Nash not chain wrestling, yet he expects Steiner to be the wrestler he used to be.
                            Last edited by FilipoSooa; 05-01-2017, 08:21 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: What went wrong with Scott Steiner's WWE run from 2002-2004?

                              Originally posted by Baker View Post
                              I don't think there is any vast conspiracy at work here. Bombing against HHH on PPV in his very first match is what killed Steiner. There was no recovering from that. It's a legit contender for worst championship match in WWE history. Had Steiner had six months of even tolerable in ring showings under his belt maybe it could have been excused as simply an off night, but he didn't. He laid an egg in his very first showing and it killed him.
                              Critics of Scott Steiner say that Scott Steiner took too much time off after WCW was bought out from WWF only being concerned with how good he looks in terms of being musclebound and years of excessive body training (ie: pumping iron), plus his backstage reputation played a big factor in WWF/E delaying Steiner's debut too long. Vince and WWF tried Scott Hall, Curt Hennig and Buff Bagwell first and hoped that those three wouldn't be major backstage problematics, to show Steiner that his backstage antics (like Hall's, Hennig's and Bagwell's) wouldn't be tolerated in WWF. The chances Vince took on Hall, Hennig and Bagwell were all proven to be worthless gambles.

                              Such a night and day comparison regarding the Scott Steiner from the final episode of WCW Nitro where he lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship Belt to Booker T versus the Scott Steiner from the abysmal Royal Rumble 2003 outing versus Triple H where BPP failed to take advantage of his two main event chances for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Belt on RAW's main event picture. His abysmal outings in Royal Rumble 2003 and No Way Out 2003 indicated that Scott Steiner was going to be benched for WrestleMania X9 (19) in favor of Booker T. Fans thought Booker T could at least stand a better chance lasting longer in ring matches than Steiner did.

                              Maybe Scott Steiner and WWE are just not a very good fit for each other. Anyway, Scott Steiner as Big Poppa Pump wasn't really work-ratey because ever since he made it to being a singles main event performer in 1998, he decided he had no desire to improve on his weaknesses, as well as declaring that he would quit selling his opponents' moves or put anyone over. That explains why Steiner grew a massive ego by the late 1990s, because he thinks there's nothing left for him to improve upon, and now he's made it as a main event performer. Maybe his critics declared him to have become lazy as an in-ring performer since becoming Big Poppa Pump, being limited to lifting weights and cutting promos.

                              Vince was okay with Kevin Nash not chain wrestling, yet he expects Steiner to be the wrestler he used to be.

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