This is such a great shout. They gave several compelling reasons to watch which would suggest one of several outcomes (Bret loses and can't wrestle in the US, Michaels had to be impartial, there were hints of Kane potentially debuting). It was a very smart finish as you say. Just a shame they didn't appear to have anything for Bret or any of the Hart Foundation to do for two months after this.
Too Cool really turned it around in late 99/early 2000 by going from being a throwaway team on B-programmes to one of the hottest acts in the company when they teamed up with Rikishi. It was a huge transformation, especially for anyone who saw Scott Taylor and Brian Christopher in 1997/1998.