First off, I love the blog. Now, I understand that most people shit all over the "Stone Cold" heel turn, where Austin defeated The Rock and aligned himself with Vince. My question is, why did this turn get such a bad rep? Now, I'm not saying that I had extreme feelings either way, but hadn't Austin basically done all that he could as a babyface during the previous four years? I'm inclined to believe that the turn was designed to somewhat "freshen up" his character. Thoughts on the reason that this turn got such a negative response?
Because this wasn't Hogan getting booed out of buildings or Cena drawing a 50/50 reaction every night. Austin was still selling merch by the truckload and people liked the character, and they didn't WANT to boo him. And when it became immediately, like IMMEDIATELY apparent that the turn wasn't working, they probably should have just aborted it and returned to classic Stone Cold, but in fact they did the exact opposite and pushed the anti-Stone Cold character harder and harder down people's throats with the Alliance nonsense. And Austin was so fantastic with that character that you wanted to CHEER him and they kept having to fight that as well. It was just a disaster on every level.