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View Poll Results: In your opinion, who had the better run?

Heel Steve Austin in 2001 52 77.61%
Face CM Punk in 2012 15 22.39%
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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?
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?

Austin, partly because he formed the '2 Man Power Trip' with Triple H for a while and could be taken seriously as a legitimate badass champion. Babyface Punk lost most of the original charisma that made him interesting to begin with as he just towed the company line and became a meaningless champion that was still playing second fiddle to John Cena.
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No comparison, Austin's heel run by far. He was actually entertaining to start with.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?

You know, I almost forgot about the 2-Man Power Trip. I would consider that the silver lining of that run. Coincidentally, you could say it was Triple H's involvement in both runs that ultimately lead both to be less effective. After his quad injury with Austin which ended the Power Trip and meaninglessly defeating Punk at NoC which took much of the steam away from his initial momentum.
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WWE fucked up Punk's run, so my vote goes to Austin.
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Default Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?

Austin's comedy stuff as a heel with him,Angle & Vince was awesome. Punk was awesome till he came back & shortly afterwards stopped doing all the stuff which made him great.
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Default Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?

CM Punk when it comes to matches.
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A popularity contest? Involving someone from the attitude era? *bites apple* this should go well.
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Default Re: Heel Austin 2001 vs. Babyface Punk 2012 - Who had the better run?

Austin for sure.

I don't even consider Austin's 01 run a failure that was one of his best runs ever match wise,not to mention he was actually treated like a big deal.
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Austin. Better matches, better promos, better segments, and just overall more entertaining.
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