The major upside being, most likely nobody would have hired Brutus Beefcake.
To be honest after hearing the report on Beefcake on WWE around Summerslam time when he required metal plates in his face I thought he was done as a wrestler.
I was very suprised when he came back in 93 for a few matches. I was a massive fan of Beefcake and loved his cutting peoples hair but when he went to WCW I was very disapointed in his run. Even the heel turn seems like it probably would have been better had Vince done it.