Rock Bottom

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James Dixon: In an unusual step, the WWF doesn’t have a set title for its December PPV so decides to name it after their new WWF Champion. The next year, Rock would be given his own TV show with SmackDown! as well, which must surely have wrankled with Steve Austin given his own immense popularity. How would “WWF Hell Yeah” have survived the PG era? Would they have cancelled it after Austin “took his ball and went home” in 2002? I guess they did create Bottom Line in 2002, which has been running continuously since then in international markets, though that is a naff Raw recap show rather than a standalone original broadcast. If I was Steve Austin, I would be boiling…

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