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Heel Steve Austin in 2001 52 77.61%
Face CM Punk in 2012 15 22.39%
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Heel Austin. No doubt
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?

Agreed with Punk having better matches, for the most part. Difficult to call, though.

Also, I think this counts as a comparison thread, which means it may be closed soon.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I know you went into this thread with good intentions so don't take this the wrong way but this is a fairly pointless thread as everyone is gonna say Austin.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Anything Austin does is better to be honest, the comedy segments with kurt and vince were hysterical.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:02 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Two man power trip > anything punk did with the title.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:05 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Austin was the best in the world in 2001 and Punk is currently the best in the world.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:51 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of Punk, yet I think that Austin's run was much more successful and entertaining. Austin was one of the wrestlers who defined that era, and well, Punk was just talking about a change yet he didn't do anything for a change.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:25 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Both were hampered by things out of their control. Austin needed The Rock to make his heel turn work, Punk needed to remain edgy and be treated as the centerpiece of the show (which he was up until he apologized to Triple H)
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:30 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Austin of course! the two man power trip was awesome, and the begining of the what catchphrase. It was entertaining.

Punk as a face is shit
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Stone Cold Steve Austin as a heel in 2001 had one of the single greatest years any wrestler has ever had from a match quality perspective as his matches with The Rock, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho are some of the best of that whole era. Throw in matches with The Rock, Triple H, Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho as a babyface and match quality wise Stone Cold Steve Austin was on fire although as a character it was horrible to watch him become a cowardly heel.

CM Punk on the other hand had a couple of great matches with Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson as a babyface this year but that is all that he did and his work as a heel in his match with John Cena at Night Of Champions was far better than anything else he did all year. The difference is CM Punk as a babyface works to an extent because he is popular but he is far from natural in doing so whereas Stone Cold Steve Austin showed over his whole career outside of his 2001 run that he could play a great heel especially in 1991, 1994, 1996 and 1997 whilst being the most popular babyface of all time.
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