I loved Austin "selling his soul to the devil". I'm a sucker for superheroes turning evil and that one's pretty great. Still, I didn't really like the fact that they kind of gave away the Austin/McMahon relationship before the finish. The match itself is AWESOME though.
The promo Austin cut before the match on RAW with The Rock where he said "I need to beat you Rock, more than anything I have wanted. I NEED to beat you." From the start, it could be seen why they chose this road for Austin. He was back, but nowhere near the level he was before injury. He got his ass kicked pretty damn often. His Rumble victory only happened with the aid of a steel chair. And just a month earlier, he lost to Triple H clean. A thought had started popping up in the back of his head.
And his descent into madness, was interestingly enough, reminiscent of his rise to the top.
In Wrestlemania 13, Bret was falling apart, despised everything Austin stood for, and turning into a monster to try and destroy Austin once and for all. 4 years later, Austin fell down the same path. He lost his mind, and went in knowing he had to do whatever it takes to get the title. He threw every move in his arsenal at Rocky, he turned into a monster. And in the end, he sold his soul for title. Because in the back of his head, he thought he couldnt win and hold onto it without Vince, not anymore atleast.