The Face Of The Company
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Belleville, Indiana
I don't know if it was intentional or not, but I guess he was watered down compared to 1996 / early 1997.
From a character and promo standpoint, I think Austin before he became WWF Champion was absolutely incredible. Leaps and bounds better than his face run.
Maybe it's the fact that we had a more brash and violent heel Austin going off at all times. Whether it was a crippled Pillman, Gorilla Monsoon, or random producers backstage; Austin was going to talk shit and beat their ass for the hell of it. The material was more harsh and offensive. The greater intensity made his actions look much more hellacious.
Then we got to a point where everything Austin related went through McMahon. Yeah, it was entertaining seeing McMahon get his ass kicked, but it pales in comparison because of the lack of variety.
Instead of unstable, raging Austin targeting everyone, it was over 1 year of "Screw you Austin", "Vince is a jackass", Stunner, screwjob. Both are great, but one is far superior to me.