Besides steering us even further into blockbuster carnage, with the monster hit that was the latest Fast & Furious chapter, one highlight was seeing the bitter banter that grew between Johnson’s Hobbs and former Toretto target, Owen Shaw, played by Jason Statham. The two worked wonderfully together for the brief time they shared on screen, chipping away at each other and sparking a chemistry that even Johnson and Diesel have yet to match. This made the news of the two potentially starring in a spin-off film together all the more appealing.
At D-Generation X: In Your House , Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated The Rock in under six minutes to retain the Intercontinental Championship.  The next night on Raw Is War , Austin was ordered by Mr. McMahon to defend the title in a rematch, but forfeited it to The Rock instead, handing him the title belt before hitting him with the Stone Cold Stunner .   The Rock feuded with Austin and Ken Shamrock through the end of 1997 and beginning of 1998.   On the March 30 episode of Raw is War , The Rock debuted a new Intercontinental Championship belt which was used to represent the title until October 2, 2011 , when the previous design was reused. Later that night, The Rock would also overthrow Faarooq as leader of the Nation of Domination to spark a feud between the two and successfully defended the Intercontinental title against Faarooq at Over the Edge: In Your House on May 31, 1998.