Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?
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.