Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?
I just finished watching Austin's documentary and after seeing that even he didn't care too much for his heel run after WM17, I couldn't help but compare it to Punk's latest face run. Now, I have a tough time labeling Steve Austin a "natural" face but I don't think I have to go into an explanation as to why he is better suited in that role. CM Punk on the other hand is undoubtedly a natural heel and it's quite obvious he's much more comfortable playing a villain.
Now I enjoyed Austin's comedy segments with Angle and Vince, but seeing him tap out to an Ankle lock seconds after it's been applied just didn't look right. For the most part, I did enjoy Punk's run as a face and would probably go as far to say I enjoyed his run better. But I can't deny the corniness and overall awkwardness it was in seeing him pander to the crowd the way he did. No to mention the backseat he took to Cena (and others).
Which run did you prefer? Who played the part better? And who do you think was more universally accepted despite both runs being viewed as lackluster?