One thing I always found humorous was that when Vince was "stealing" talent from all of the other territories, he pretty much made them all the same promise: that he had big plans for them, they would work big money programs, be the top draw of the territory, etc.
There were a lot of guys who got pissed off when reality manifested, but they stuck around because Vince paid better simply because he drew more.
Funny as I am reading Piper's book right now, and that one of Vince's tactics to penetrate another territory was to hold a benefit show for a fallen wrestler. What was the territory's promoter going to say....it was a benefit show. Also that alot of these guys were wrestling without contracts and one week before WM 1, Vince approached Hot Rod with a contract and said "sign it" or you won't be in Wrestlemania.
Also said that he felt he had alot more drawing power than Hogan and that people did not watch WM to see Hogan and Mr T but rather to see Roddy get his ass kicked as he had soo much heat. All a matter of opinion.
Also it may have been Orndorff as the original chosen one...I have to research..