Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:00 PM
I thought late 1998 through Mania was perfectly fine. Rock getting the belt screwing over Austin, Rock-Austin (with the exception of the chairshot match), Austin-Vince, then the Rock-Austin build into Mania which everyone was waiting for since the night after Survivors... that was all solid-to-strong top of the card booking. Hell, I loved the Austin-Vince stuff at the Rumble, and I typically hate Rumble matches. Their cage match was a blast of WWE-spectactle stuff and Vince willing to take an epic ass kicking. Plus the climax at Mania of Austin getting the belt back.
The rest of the card? Pretty forgettable. But I thought the booking and storylines at the top in that run from November to Mania might have been the strongest they had in the entire attitude era: they elevated Rock to the very top level, they elevated Mick to an entirely different level, they had a sense of what their top match was (Rock-Austin), teased it on Raw the night after Survivors and figured out how to keep the two apart until the final cycle leading into Mania with their own strong storylines (Rock with Foley and Austin taking his feud with Mr. McMahon to a cage match payoff). In the more modern era of having to not only feed content to a full slate of 12 PPV a year, and also feed content to keep weekly TV ratings up, that's high on the list of them feeding both those things just about perfectly.