Paid Members tiger_rick Posted May 22, 2017 Paid Members Share Posted May 22, 2017 What did you make of Austin's heel turn at WM17? Both then and with the benefit of hindsight? I hear it a lot now that people put that moment down as the end of the boom or the start of the decline. I think Meltz on that lapsed fan podcast said he thought it was the worst booking decision ever. At the time, I read a lot of opinions from people who thought he was stale as a babyface or tha The Rock has superceeded him during his injury and he needed to move out of the way. Others were saying that him turning heel opened up more potential top matches which the company badly needed. Personally, I'd loved 2000 until he came back. It wasn't the same. He was sluggish in the ring and shitting over things they'd built while he was out. The Rikishi feud didn't help because it robbed them of a great mid-card babyface, shit on a potentially good angle and dragged Austin down. I bought into the stuff I was reading and wanted to see Austin turn heel. Though I will add - I didn't know The Rock was leaving. I did think we'd get great matche with Jericho and Benoit particularly though which excited me. With hindsight, I think I was wrong. Things were never really the same after that. I'm not convinced the heel turn was to blame entirely though. I think the alliance with mcMahon was far more damaging. I know why they did it, because Austin would probably still be a baby by proxy otherwise but it shit over his character. Then that character took a further bashing when he became a comedy guy and often a chickenshit heel. I often wonder if regret over this is why they didn't pull the trigger on a heel turn for Cena. You can't get the magic back in the bottle. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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