Kit-wise, I mean.
I can understand not liking the new Aatrox and preferring the play-style of the old one, but acting like it was some special thing just seems stupid to me. Especially when old Aatrox was countered by Thornmail _(or even just Bramble Vest)_ harder than anyone else in the game.
Like, for other reworked champions I can see some of the charm in their old kits, but I'm just not seeing anything in old Aatrox besides him being a different flavor of Xin Zhao (dive in, knock up the enemy, and auto until either somebody dies or you get CCed, while having bonus healing/damage every third hit).
Hell, I had someone try to tell me that Aatrox's old E wasn't a poke spell, when it's the textbook definition of a poke spell.