Yeah they tried to book him Hogan style. Destroy the monsters. It just sucked the WWF only had a handful of draws and they used those guys to try and get newer stars over. Undertaker, Diesel, Shawn, Bret, and Razor...Those top 5 guys were put in a situation where they had to try and get over talent like Kama, Mabel, Pierre, Jeff Jarrett, etc. because a lot of established guys who should have put them over (them=Taker, Diesel, etc.) all went to WCW. So no passing of the torch so to speak. I mean even Yokozuna v. Diesel would have been a solid feud but naw they put him in a tag team.
But the big difference between him and Roman is that Diesel was actually over and nobody was booing him as a babyface. Had they done that, Diesel would have been turned a lot sooner.
Was it Colorado or Iowa that you passed through and had one? Not that it matters I just couldn't remember the story you told me.
There is maid rite not to far from me. Never heard of it but will try it out next time I am thru.