Best WWE face: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson or 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin? | The Tylt
Best WWE face: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson or 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin?
Is professional wrestling a fake sport? That's arguable, but the heroes who hail from the WWE are very real. Fans celebrate every win and grieve every loss when their favorite wrestlers take a step into the squared circle. The faces of the WWE give fans someone to root for, a performer who embodies everything that is good in the world and shows there's always a good guy around to save the day.
Faces drive the popularity of the sport with their athleticism and charisma. Kids and adults line the walls with their posters and other memorabilia, paying tribute to their status at the top of the WWE. Without the faces, there is no professional wrestling, and the Tylt wants to know who your favorite hero of the WWE. This matchup features two Attitude Era legends: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
In one corner, we have the The Rock A.K.A. People's Champion, who fought a back-and-forth match with Bruno Sammartino in the first round of the bracket and came out victorious. Next, he pinned Hulk Hogan in a dominating win with 76.5 percent of the vote to advance to the championship round.
In the other corner, there's the Texas Rattlesnake, who destroyed Bret "The Hitman" Hart with 69.1 percent of the vote in his first round matchup. He then gave the Stone-Cold Stunner to John Cena to make it to the final round.
Who will walk away the greatest hero of the WWE?
There have been superstars in the WWE before, but there was no one bigger than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. From his iconic entrance music to his athletic performances in the ring, Johnson took his popularity in pro wrestling and transcended to mainstream megastardom that had never been seen before.
Johnson may have strayed from his face role into heeldom a few times but his time as a hero lit the WWE on fire, even during one of the most popular eras of professional wrestling. Johnson wasn't just a star—he was the star. Do you smell what the Rock is cooking?
He may have been one of the best athletes on WWE roster (Johnson was a national championship football player at the University of Miami), but his mic work was what made him legendary. When he wasn't smoking jabronies in the ring, he was killing them in promos. No one could turn a phrase or create a catchphrase out of thin air like Johnson. Don't you think? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK.
The Attitude Era of the WWE was one of the most entertaining in the business's history, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was the redneck star of the show. Austin wasn't the most morally upstanding, nor was he a great role model. He drank beer, got in everyone's face and went head-to-head with some of the biggest villains of his generation. He was the anti-hero that WWE fans deserved.
The Texas Rattlesnake showed no mercy in his clashes with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Fans lived vicariously through his antics against the boss of the company like they were getting over on their own superiors as well. Heroes come in all forms. Austin was the hero that would talk smack, beat you down and talk some more. He was the greatest face of the WWE, and that's the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.