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Old 03-19-2015, 01:47 PM
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What went down at WM17 was meant to happen a year earlier. Not being in Texas, it would have been interesting to see how the crowd reacted. But as with 2001, Austin didn't exactly have a lot of good babyfaces to go up against in 2000. Foley would have been gone. Undertaker wasn't around at WM16 and wouldn't be for a few months. Kane is Kane. Jericho didn't mesh well with Austin when they did eventually go at it in 2001 (and Benoit was heel at this point so he couldn't get into the fold).
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The fans didn't want to boo Austin when he turned heel at WM17, how long did the heel turn last, 6 months? before he turned face again.

Bringing it forward a year (on the assumption that Austin was capable of working a schedule here) wouldn't have made too much difference.
When Hogan turned heel in 1996.... a section of fans were booing him anyway, tired of his long standing 'babyface in the white hat' routine.
Austin was still red hot as a babyface... and the fans did not want to boo him.
They would want him back babyface and find other ways for Austin to tweak his character.

Rock had a phenomenal year in 2000, and business still ticked away nicely without Austin. However Austin still edged it slightly as to who was the biggest star in the company.

There was no reason for Taker to bitch as both Rock/Austin were light years ahead of him in terms of star power. I would even put Mick Foley ahead of Taker from that Attitude era popularity.
Austin had only been back for 6 months when he turned in 2001. He was red hot during the McMahon rivalry, judging by the reactions he was getting during the Survivor Series '99 buildup I don't consider that "red hot". His entire face run in 1998-mid 99 run was based on Vince keeping the World Title away from him, what was he gonna do as a face in 2000 w/o playing off Vince like in 1998-99? It was obvious he was going heel, why do you think they turned him just 6 months after he returned? They had one more big storyline for him as a face (who ran him down) and then after that felt there was nothing else left for him to do as a face. The only way he could've remained face after X7 was winning the match clean but he had already won the first matchup at XV clean so that wasn't happening again.

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