Original Creative For WWE's Golden Egg Storyline Was 'Much Worse'
A 'much worse' plan almost aired at WWE Survivor Series
The 2021 edition of Survivor Series was one of WWE's stranger pay-per-views of the year. The show celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Rock's WWE debut despite the man himself not being in attendance for the show, but The Rock's latest movie at the time, Red Notice, was prominently featured.
A tie-in with the movie saw Vince McMahon be presented with a Cleopatra egg at the event which he showed off throughout the night until it was stolen by Austin Theory. The cross-over was reportedly worth seven figures for WWE and did lead to Theory being established as Vince McMahon's new protege.
While the plan that aired didn't leave fans entertained, the original creative for the golden egg was "much worse", according to former WWE writer and SVP of Television for The Rock-owned Seven Bucks Productions Brian Gewirtz.
He explained on The Bill Simmons Podcast:
"This is what I was told, at Survivor Series, not this past Survivor Series but the Survivor Series before, we were doing 'Red Notice' product integration in the pay-per-view and this thing, as far as there was like a magical, golden egg that if you recall, it was a much heavily reviled night of creative. Everybody hated the angle as far as this golden egg that Austin Theory found and Sami Zayn ratted him out and everything else like that.
"The original creative for that, won't go into but just trust me, it was much, much, much, much worse...When I discussed it with Dwayne (Johnson), I was like, 'Yeah, that's gotta change' and then I think Vince (McMahon) and the team came up with this egg thing, which most people watching it were, you know, didn't like it for whatever reason, that's fine. But I was told during those vignettes where Sami (Zayn) kind of stooged off Austin Theory and wanted him to be punished and then was put in a situation where, whatever the creative was but that was the turning point as far as Vince going, hey, this Sami is - I always liked him but - I think we should have a look at that egg angle now a little bit differently and perhaps give props to the golden, magical hundred million dollar egg because listen, talent always rises to the top and Sami is amazing and would have risen to the top anyway but, I just thought it was funny that yeah, it was those vignettes where Vince really took notice as far as Sami as a performer. I'm like, damn right."
According to reports at the time, the original creative for the cross-over would have seen the golden egg be involved in a 24/7 Championship scene. The Rock and the Red Notice team immediately turned down the pitch and McMahon became involved as a make-good.
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