Re: Stone Cold's 2001 heel run
I loved this character. Realistically, we can't expect one person to stay exactly the same for their entire main event run. (Ahem.... Cena?) People probably would have gotten to the point where they were tired of seeing Austin vs. McMahon, or at least that's my opinion on the matter. It was time for a change, and it was a refreshing side of the Stone Cold character.
I thought the segments during this run were hilarious. Not so much at first, because he was just a badass heel (beating Lita / Hardyz down with chairs) But the cowardly heel that we grew to love created great TV. His constant feeling of wanting and needing Vince's attention and affection was just such a 180 turn from the Stone Cold that had been white hot for years, that it was entertaining.
Stone Cold singing, playing guitar, and wearing a cowboy hat, trying to out-do Kurt Angle, just for the happiness of Vince McMahon? Brilliant. Just brilliant.