Originally Posted by KingOfKings249
no, Shawn was retired until 2002, he asked the doctors that year since he had more of prominent role then he did post late 99
No, Swarles Barkley is right, at least partially. Just put on the chapter from the Heartbreak & Triumph DVD entitled "Rock Bottom." They talk about him being very erratic in late '97 and early '98 leading up to WrestleMania XIV, culminating with the match against Austin. They depict him as being quite pissed that he had to lose because of the injury and simply because he didn't want to lose. He mentions himself that he did a ton of pills of drugs, which carried into his marriage and the birth of his son.
Triple H says that the breaking point was the night that Nitro ended. Trips says that they were in Vince's office watching the end of Nitro when Shane came out. In walked Shawn "pilled out of his mind, stumbling all over the place and half drooling on himself." According to Triple H, Undertaker was there to witness it and got extremely pissed off. (Note: If you believe Bret Hart's book, Taker told Bret several times he didn't trust or believe in Shawn.) Triple H said they were going to do "something" with Shawn, he doesn't say if it was a storyline or if it was going to involve wrestling, but that when Vince heard about Shawn's condition, he called it off and essentially told Shawn to get lost. Probably explains why he was completely absent from his guest ref stint during the Rock/Triple H Iron Man match until he came back to join the nWo in 2002.
Triple H concluded the story by saying that Shawn, after being sent away by Vince, came into the locker room and proceeded to rip Triple H for not sticking up for him, then stormed out. This led to Shawn and Triple H not speaking for over a year.
So whether or not Shawn would have wrestled in 2001 is hard to say, but he was definitely gone from TV longer than originally planned.