The CANCELLED WWE WrestleMania X-Seven Storyline! | WWE Backstage Expose


2001’s WrestleMania X-7 is thought by many
to be the best WrestleMania of all-time. It came at a pivotal point in wrestling history,
and featured the controversial Steve Austin heel turn. But there’s one storyline that was originally
planned for the show, but was eventually cancelled. I am Luke Owen and this is WrestleMania X-7’s
Cancelled Storyline. WrestleMania X-7 had several big marquee matches
including Steve Austin vs. The Rock, Triple H vs. The Undertaker, TLC2 and Shane McMahon
taking on his father Vince McMahon in a street fight with Mick Foley as the special guest
referee. The storyline had been building since the
start of the year, with Vince announcing he was going to divorce his wife Linda, keeping
her in a state of psychosis, and dating Trish Stratus who was the same age as his daughter
Stephanie. Shane McMahon returned to WWF after a few
months off, and the two were set to clash at WrestleMania. However a new wrinkle to the story was added,
as just one week before the biggest show of the year Vince McMahon purchased rival promotion
WCW, and the Monday Night War had come to an end. Shane showed up on the final WCW Nitro to
announce that he had in fact purchased WCW from under Vince’s nose – which would come
into play in the summer when WWF held their Invasion PPV. The first shot fired in that angle came on
May 28th, when Lance Storm interfered during a Raw match, but there was also discussions
of having them involved April’s WrestleMania. In the end this angle didn’t happen. Instead Shane McMahon came to the ring and
gave a shout-out to the young talent from WCW, and the camera panned to the skybox where
people like Lance Storm, Hugh Morris, Stacey Kiebler, Mike Sanders and Shawn Stasiak could
be seen. Shane McMahon won the match by hitting the
Coast to Coast into a garbage can, and the WCW Wrestlers applauded politely. However Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling
Observer Newsletter, “The wrestlers were told to bring their gear and their championship
belts (in the case of Palumbo & O’Haire), so unless they were shooting publicity photos,
they may have had a different idea originally what they were going to do and put them in
a luxury box.” As it turns out, there was another reason
for the WCW Wrestlers to bring their gear. Lance Storm revealed in 2011 blog post that
the original plan was for the WCW guys to run in and help Shane win – but something
happened just a few days before. Storm wrote, “Unfortunately all these effort
to keep our Mania [appearance] secret were for not because Shawn Stasiak did a radio
or Internet interview the day before and stooged off the whole thing. The office was furious and many of us speculated
that it might cost him his job.” Stasiak had previously worked for the WWF
in the late 90s as Meat, the toy boy for Pretty Mean Sisters. However he was suspended and fired in December
1999 for recording a conversation between Davey Boy Smith and Steve Blackman without
their permission. Although in an interview with Canoe, he argues
that he did it as a joke and meant no harm. “I wasn’t working for Hard Copy. I wasn’t working for WCW. I wasn’t blackmailing anybody. I had no prerogative, no motive whatsoever
to do anyone harm…I lost my job, I lost my dream, which was to be in the WWF. I think it was a bit extreme for them to do
what they did.” The day before WrestleMania X-7, Stasiak appeared
on No Holds Barred radio show and revealed that the WCW crew were going to be involved
in the Shane and Vince match, and even bragged about getting a WWF deal – which wasn’t
true – and said they had plans to bring in Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in for the
new Nitro show, which also wasn’t true. Former NXT trainer and WCW Wrestler Bill DeMott
– who wrestled at this time as Hugh Morris – added in a 2015 interview on Talk Is Jericho
in reference to Stasiak’s interview and WWF’s reaction to it, “Kevin Dunn had
called [John] Laurinaitis and said, “Fire them all. We don’t even have them here and this s***’s
already started.” Lance Storm adds in his blog post, “Vince
was so mad word had leaked that he killed the angle and almost sent us all home. Thankfully we at least got to stay and watch
the show.” Demott explains this is why everyone looked
so disinterested during the Vince and Shane match during the broadcast, telling Chris
Jericho, “I went from being in the ring with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania — that’s
going to be my debut in the WWE — to a silhouette of me and Lance sitting with Mike Sanders
and someone else. The whole time, and you can imagine, Lance
is just miserable… The Invasion came after, but we were supposed
to be in the ring in Houston.” We’ve got other WWE Backstage Expose videos
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