This will be a controversial one simply because how iconic and loved the Rock-Austin match is.
When you think of the conclusion of the match though, it was absolutely the wrong decision turning Austin heel. I feel if this match would have happened, Austin would have remained on top for several more years; taking a back seat to no one.
This match was all but set to happen as Angle had won the title from The Rock back at October’s No Mercy PPV. Come February, Angle was still champion having successfully defended against the Undertaker, four top names (and Rikishi) in a Hell in a Cell match and Triple H at the Royal Rumble. Angle’s last hurdle was the man he took the title from.
The match was set for the 2001 No Way Out, but instead of going with the fresh matchup, WWE instead had Rock take the title, thus setting up the Austin-Rock match and eventual Austin heel turn.
Ironically, months later Angle as a face would be the one to end Austin’s title reign.