The wrestling world could be very, very different if Christopher Daniels ended up with a role once pegged for him.
On a 2017 episode of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, the now-head of Smackdown revealed that "The Fallen Angel" was almost "The Higher Power."
The spot that eventually went to Vince McMahon was to be given to Daniels if Vince Russo and Bruce Prichard had their way in 1999. Daniels tells Fightful that he didn't ever know about it before Prichard mentioned it, and thinks it wouldn't have been a good idea.
"I did not know about that," Daniels admitted. "That was something that I found out about when Bruce Prichard brought it up on his podcast. I certainly see why it didn’t work out. They were doing something similar with me in WCW for the short period of time that I was there. I don’t know if people know this, but there was a short thing where I was going to be involved with Vampiro when Vampiro and Sting were involved in a feud. They wanted me to be the boss of Vampiro, or his higher power, and my thought process was that at that point Vampiro was a name and was being shown on weekly television every week. He had built up a reputation and I thought it was a really tough sell to bring an unknown name and cast him as a superior to someone like Vampiro.
Being right in the middle of an Undertaker, Vince McMahon Steve Austin angle on one show, and a Sting vs. Vampiro feud on the other might have most wondering "what it?" That's not so much the case with Daniels, he knows that either situation would have been a tough role.
"In the same way if you had brought Christopher Daniels out and said, “Well, this person’s the superior of the Undertaker,” I think it would have been a real big disconnect. So, I feel like it makes sense that got shut down. You want a reveal of that nature to have sort of a powerful punch and to fill it with an unknown commodity, I think, would have been a bad choice. So, yeah, I mean it would have been great to be a supporting character to the Undertaker at that point, but to be the superior wasn’t the right choice, I think, and I think they made the right decision," said Daniels.
Daniels ended up doing okay for himself, winning championships in Ring of Honor, NWA, TNA, and New Japan Pro Wreslting
You can see our full interview with Daniels above, and a clip at the top of the page. You can check he and the rest of SCU out every Wednesday night at 8 PM EST on All Elite Wrestling Dynamite.