Recently on Something To Wrestle With, Bruce Pritchard backed up long told rumours that the infamous ‘Higher Power’ storyline in 1999 was not set to be the rumoured duo of either Jake “The Snake” Roberts and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.
Instead, Pritchard revealed that it was originally set to be none other than SCU member, “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
“The original idea was ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels. And then Vince saw him and said, ‘absolutely not’. [McMahon did not like Daniels’] size. [He] just didn’t see it.” Prichard continued, “Chris was working out in California and Chris was working indies and different things and I was a big fan of Chris Daniels too at the time. I liked the ‘Fallen Angel’ gimmick and I want to say we had Chris under a developmental deal for a little while. [He] just didn’t see it. He just looked at him and he didn’t see it. He was dead from the get-go.”
Daniels himself has now weighed in on the story. While taking part in a Q&A session with Pro Wrestling Junkies, Daniels was asked about Pritchard’s revelation.
“I was never close to signing with WWE at that time,” Daniels said. “Probably the closest is when they gave me an opportunity to go through a camp with Tom Prichard and Dory Funk Jr., and I was there with Kurt Angle, Shawn Stasiak and some other people. As far as the rumor about me being The Higher Power – I’ve heard that, but I never heard that at the time. I actually just heard that recently. I don’t think it would have been a good idea.”
Daniels expanded on what he thought of himself as the ‘Higher Power’
“As far as the mentality of them making that character as someone that basically The Undertaker has to answer to, and me being a virtual unknown to the crowd, would have been a disappointment,” Daniels said. “If they would have introduced me as someone who is basically The Undertaker’s boss, it would have fell flat. I’m 200 pounds and I’m 5’10”, so it certainly would have been difficult to take me seriously as someone who is intimidating The Undertaker. I would have been okay being someone underneath him in The Ministry at that time; that would have been cool. Me being The Higher Power probably wouldn’t fly, and it’s probably a good idea that they didn’t do it.”
Interesting to hear that Daniels’ himself didn’t know he was supposedly planned to be in such a prominent role on WWE TV. Of course the Higher Power was eventually revealed to be none other than Vince McMahon himself in a nonsensical, and seemingly rushed, twist.
This decision was met with a lot of criticism at the time which begs the question, how would it have panned out had they gone with The Fallen Angel, or even someone else?