It’s that time of the year for wrestling fans where speculation and rumors of heel/face turns runs through wrestling websites and discussion boards. We’re coming off a lackluster SummerSlam that featured arguably the most confusing/controversial ending in WWE between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker. Many have debated if the ending to Lesnar/Taker 2 was a prerequisite for some major character transformations in the WWE.
The interesting factor in determining if a character needs a heel/face turn is one of the most difficult task for creative. If you turn a guy/girl before her peak, then you'll risk the chance of fans turning on the character. Don't believe me, just look at Cody Rhodes aka Stardust from years past when he was a mainstay on the WWE roster. Cody Rhodes was rising as a heel battling the likes of Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton. Vince and creative selected to shift MVP to face; Cody Rhodes has been dwindling in mediocrity over the last three years.
While there are plenty character changes that flop, one that is executed properly can give a performer a real shot in the arm. Look at two extreme cases - Monty Brown looked like he would be a top face in TNA, then an idiotic booking decision had him turn heel to join Jeff Jarrett and derailed his career. Someone like The Rock on the other hand, was floundering as the goody two shoes Rocky Maivia before a heel turn allowed his personality to shine and he went on to be a legend in the business. Turns must be orchestrated carefully, but these are all wrestlers who could really benefit from one.
There are 15 superstars who need a character lift; the heel/face aspect of wrestling is what keeps us tuned in every week. Coming off the biggest party in the summer, there are plenty of guys/girls who could use a turn in the direction of either heel/face.
15 Big Show
14 Roman Reigns
11 Bray Wyatt
The leader of the Wyatt Family has been the most polarizing figure since his debut in the WWE in the summer of 2013. Wyatt has feuded with the likes of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and the legendary Undertaker. Bray’s battles with Cena and Bryan were both considered for Slammy Awards during their respective years.
Fast-forward a year later and we’re left wondering what happened to wrestling’s favorite cult leader? Wyatt has been emerged in irrelevant feuds that have fans pondering what the hell is going on with his character. The feud with Roman Reigns makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, and Wyatt’s impact on SummerSlam was minimum to say the least.
10 Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose is a figure in the WWE that has become stale over the past couple of months. Ambrose was thrown into the Reigns/Wyatt war simply because creative didn’t have anything to do with him.
9 Wade Barrett
I’ve said this time and time again. Wade Barrett is the most underutilized talent on the WWE roster. Barrett has charisma and can really perform in the ring, when giving the ample opportunity. The biggest knock on Barrett is that he stuck in the land of heels that is controlled by the likes of Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, and Kevin Owens.
8 Mark Henry
7 Randy Orton
5 Jack Swagger
4 Erick Rowan
3 Samoa Joe
2 John Cena
1 Seth Rollins
The number one heel in the company is doing a tremendous job as a bad guy. But, Rollins could be having an even more of an impact as a face. Rollins is over with the crowd and now is the perfect time to hit the face switch on the US/WWE champ. Rollins receives as many cheers as he does boos when he steps out to perform.
Allowing Rollins to turn face will allow the authority to choose another guy to carry their flag (maybe John Cena). Hey, you never know.
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