LOL!!! Sorry, I wasn’t attempting a hijack; I was only using Pillman as an example of some of the “worked shoots” that have been done over the years. But, since you’re willing to move in that direction…
Brian’s last WCW match with Kevin Sullivan was an “I respect you,” match, which was basically an “I quit” match with the goal being to get your opponent to udder those words into the microphone.
Sullivan was booker at the time, Pillman was allegedly unhappy with the direction of his character, and so, during the match, Brian grabbed the mic and said, “I respect you, booker-man,” thus exposing Sullivan’s backstage role - this was before the curtain had been pulled back on the business, and things like this were not done.
Eric Bischoff fired Brian, which must have been legit. Brian went to ECW and became the “Loose Cannon.” Vince wound up hiring him, I believe, to one of the first (maybe the first) guaranteed contract in WWF history.
Eric would later claim that Brian’s departure was all a work meant to give his face a rest in WCW, give him a chance to develop his new persona in ECW, and then come back to WCW…but, Vince got to him first.
I really believe Eric’s story was simply a way of covering his mistake. If Pillman’s firing was an angle, I don’t think they’d have really completely released him from his Turner contract, which seems to have been the case since WWF was able to hire him from ECW.