A long time ago, the wrestling world was divided into heels and faces. Technically, it still is, but the heels and faces were much different in the “golden age” of professional wrestling. Faces were shining examples of everything right in the world who achieved god-like status among fans. Heels, meanwhile, were essentially the worst examples of humanity that the world has ever produced. Over time, however, the line separating heels and faces began to fade away. Fans came to accept that sometimes you are going to boo the heel and cheer the face because you like one performer more than you like the other.
Regardless of which age of wrestling you’re talking about, the truth remains that not everyone who has ever been cast as a face is a good person in real life just as not everyone who has ever been a heel is a bad person. In fact, it’s quite shocking how often the opposite proves to be true. Some of the greatest heels to ever grace a wrestling ring are the nicest people you’ll ever meet, while heroic faces are the jerks that you wish you never met. While there are many instances of this phenomenon, these are the eight babyfaces who are jerks and the seven heels who are sweethearts.
15 Babyface Jerk - Roman Reigns
The case of Roman Reigns both in and out of the ring is a curious one. Hardcore WWE fans have rebelled against the rise of Reigns as they believe that the popular superstar isn’t deserving of the quick rise to the top of the company that he currently enjoys. It seems like the backlash against Reigns may have taken its toll on the mentality of the young star as many have reported that Reigns is kind of a jerk outside of the ring.
14 Sweetheart Heel - The Miz
There are a lot of stories out there that portray The Miz as a huge jerk. It’s understandable why that is the case. Miz is often seen as kind of a primadonna whose rise through the reality TV show circuit has left him with no appreciation from the world of professional wrestling and its fans. This accusation is supported by claims of The Miz having some negative fan interactions. The one thing that is common about all these interactions, though, is that the people in them either approached The Miz in front of cameras or like they were expecting him to be a heel. That’s because Miz is really just an old-school heel who works to maintain his villainous persona.
13 Babyface Jerk - Bret Hart
12 Sweetheart Heel - Kurt Angle
11 Babyface Jerk - Jeff Hardy
It’s easy to forget how over Jeff Hardy was in WWE since it seems like it happened so long ago, but there was a time when Jeff Hardy was arguably the most popular wrestler in the company. He was going up against guys like Triple H, The Undertaker, and Edge and getting fans to boo them en masse. Of course, that’s in front of the camera. Behind the scenes is a different story. Jeff Hardy’s rise in WWE coincided with his extreme drug usage and personal problems. Everything came to a head at some point, and Hardy just became kind of a jerk.
10 Sweetheart Heel - Big Van Vader
9 Babyface Jerk - Seth Rollins
8 Sweetheart Heel - Kevin Owens
7 Babyface Jerk - Sasha Banks
6 Sweetheart Heel - Bray Wyatt
5 Babyface Jerk - Hulk Hogan
4 Sweetheart Heel - Edge
3 Babyface Jerk - Goldust
2 Sweetheart Heel - Samoa Joe
1 Babyface Jerk - CM Punk
Oh sure, CM Punk spent more time as a villain in WWE than as a strict face, but he was one of those guys who fans rooted for no matter what. It’s not hard to understand why that was the case. At a time when WWE was trying to churn out the same brand of generic wrestlers that they had been producing for years, Punk came along and provided WWE fans with a real alternative. He was someone the average viewer could look up to as a different kind of hero who represents the people. It’s just a shame that he’s such a jerk.
The thing you have to understand about Punk is that the jerkish qualities which earned him so many of his fans are the same qualities which makes him a very difficult person to get along with. He’s a mix of good and bad which makes him the perfect representative for this list.
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