The impact the fingerpoke of doom had is often over-stated. Initially the angle was a success spiking ratings which had been sagging in the last quarter of '98. Fans were intrigued by the new nWo Elite angle and wanted to see a babyface bring them to justice. What they didn't want was a double turn with Flair-Hogan which would see Flair admitted into a mental hospital and feuding with Piper over the presidency of the company. On that note, I wouldn't have changed much about Starrcade '98 card. WCW was doing fantastic business and Goldberg/Nash, Bischoff/Flair & Kidman/Eddie all work as marquee matches. The problem was the booking was shite and the undercard reads like something you'd see on a Saturday Night. Smiley/Iaukea? Saturn/Miller? Adams & Norton vs Finlay & Flynn? No, no, no, no. I would have found room for Benoit, Malenko, Booker T, Scott Steiner, Lex Luger, Bam Bam, Hall, Hennig etc. For starters, the WCW Tag Team Championships were out of commission for too long. Rick Steiner/Kenny Kaos should have been a short term deal and they should have taken the Tag Team division in a new direction with Benoit/Malenko serving as the face of the division. Hennig/Barry were a pretty good team of the day, so I'd have them face off and probably have the heels go over just to build intrigue in the division and rebuild their reputations as superstars. Booker still had an ongoing feud with Stevie Ray. If you put them in a street fight and just let them brawl in a tight six minute match I'm sure it wouldn't be too offensive. With Bret injured, DDP holds onto the US Championship. Who better to take on DDP than Jericho? By this point, Jericho was done with the company but I would have done everything in my power to convince him WCW had big plans for him in '99 and we'd use Page to bridge that gap. Luger/Steiner were working house shows together, it isn't difficult to transplant that onto a PPV with Steiner receiving the rub. Bam Bam needed to be built as a monster, so with The Giant leaving WCW, it makes sense to have him slay him at Starrcade. That leaves Hall, who would be my active sub if there were any last minute changes, otherwise I'd keep him for the main event segment.