Hi Scott, WWE of course would have us believe Austin took off after the iconic Austin 3:16 promo, but in reality he was still stuck in the midcard until early fall. What was the moment or moments to when he finally put it all together and nailed the character? I think it was the Pillmanizing, but I also think it was that Livewire appearance where he was just on fire (“I beat Bret for 30 minutes and put him in the Sharpshooter for 10 minutes and then I beat Stu’s ass!”) and even cracking up Sunny.
I think the build to Survivor Series where he made Bret look like a dinosaur was the turning point for me. And then Rumble 97 nailed it down.