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Most people are dissapointed in 2001 and especially Austin. If you're one of them, how would you have booked him at WM17 and post WM17?
 

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Very simple and that would have been to book him in the exact same way he had been booked for the previous four years but just working against faces rather than heels. The minute WWE booked him as scared of The Undertaker in 2001 after going to toe to toe with him throughout 1998 and 1999 the decline began in his character and then when he was booked as a cowardly, singing, hugging heel in his feud with Kurt Angle that was basically the end.

The thing with Stone Cold Steve Austin was he was never really a face as such or not in the mould of people like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Sting or John Cena so WWE didn't need to do anything with his character other than have him work with faces instead of heels and have him lose cleanly to top faces of that time like The Rock, The Undertaker and Kurt Angle. They just completely killed his character and once he turned face again on Raw the night after Survivor Series his character being a believable badass face was ruined, even in his feud with The New World Order in 2002 couldn't bring his momentum back and once they attempted to make Austin/Flair the new Austin/McMahon it was over.
 

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Very simple and that would have been to book him in the exact same way he had been booked for the previous four years but just working against faces rather than heels. The minute WWE booked him as scared of The Undertaker in 2001 after going to toe to toe with him throughout 1998 and 1999 the decline began in his character and then when he was booked as a cowardly, singing, hugging heel in his feud with Kurt Angle that was basically the end.

The thing with Stone Cold Steve Austin was he was never really a face as such or not in the mould of people like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Sting or John Cena so WWE didn't need to do anything with his character other than have him work with faces instead of heels and have him lose cleanly to top faces of that time like The Rock, The Undertaker and Kurt Angle. They just completely killed his character and once he turned face again on Raw the night after Survivor Series his character being a believable badass face was ruined, even in his feud with The New World Order in 2002 couldn't bring his momentum back and once they attempted to make Austin/Flair the new Austin/McMahon it was over.
Well said. A heel turn WAS needed for Austin, but they should've never booked him as a coward and especially scared of The Undertaker after the dozens of wars they had from 1997-1999. It just didn't make sense.
 

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I liked him in 2001, gave me a ton of laughs. Cowardly heels are great. Plus he was still badass as hell among the Alliance, bullying them, pushing them around and such.
 

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The WWE shouldn't have made Triple H and Austin both heels on the same team once The Rock left. There was nobody left with enough popularity and star power to feud with them.

They should have made Triple H face and had him feud with Austin for a while just to see if it worked
 
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