You're clearly missing the point. Of course Austin was great tv and likeable in THAT aspect, I'm talking about his character being so heelish that the fans began to love him. I don't mean the shittier he performed, the more over he got.
Yeah the same thing can be said for Sheamus as well. He is OVER with the fans. FACT. Its irrelevant whether you think he is likable or not.
Yes, and it's a FACT that the only reason he's OVER is because he won the WWE title off the top guy in the company before anyone knew who the fuck he was, held it for 3 months, fought Triple H in his first WrestleMania match, beat Triple H at the following PPV, won the WWE title back immediately after, won the KOTR, won the US title, turned face and then never lost another match except in the rarest of circumstances, clean or otherwise. He was pushed as hard as anyone besides Lesnar has ever been pushed and it's because he buddied up to Triple H. If he had to do the 2 to 3 years in the midcard like everybody else, that shit wouldn't have happened. Hell, he's even been pushed harder than Cena on a comparative scale of how long he's been there.