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Top 15 Wrestlers Best At Playing Both Face and Heel

Effective and dynamic faces and heels have always been a vital part in the success of the wrestling business. The criteria for what makes these characters successful are always changing and that’s part of the beauty in wrestling. You have to always be able to adapt or be ahead by a step or two. In wrestling, faces are the “good guys” scripted to portray a heroic role and get the fans invested in cheering for them to win their matches and prevail in the story. Money is typically made due to the work of the most popular faces, as they typically sell the most tickets and merchandise.

Heels are the evil villains made to oppose the faces because what is a hero without someone to challenge them? More often than not, it’s the dastardly and devious work of a heel that drives the fan to care about the face getting revenge or vengeance for the heel’s actions. Not everyone can play both roles well, as it takes an art to excel on both sides of the fence.

Just look at two of the better performers of the last 15 years, Edge and Jeff Hardy. Edge was a surefire WWE Hall of Famer because he was tremendous as a heel. Whenever WWE tried to turn him into a main event face, the crowd would either reject it or become apathetic. Jeff Hardy was adored by fans creating a powerful connection between him and the fan base falling in love with his work. TNA tried to turn Hardy heel in hopes of creating a new top villain but he just couldn’t figure it out no matter what he tried. It’s not a slight to either man, as they were superb talents but it shows not everyone can play both roles like these 15 talents.

15 Daniel Bryan

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14 Shawn Michaels

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13 Trish Stratus

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12 The Undertaker

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11 Eddie Guerrero

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10 Stone Cold Steve Austin

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9 Big Show

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8 Kurt Angle

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7 CM Punk

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6 Bret Hart

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5 Chris Jericho

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4 Randy Savage

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3 The Rock

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2 Hulk Hogan

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1 John Cena

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John Cena is the most fascinating and complex story WWE has ever produced in a top act. For the past decade, one man has been both the most loved and most hated wrestler at the same time. Cena’s supporters spend more money on his merchandise than anyone else in the promotion and it's not even close. There’s an almost equally large group of fans who despise Cena and love booing him, but it’s productive for WWE as they support his opponent. You can put anyone in a match with Cena and you’ll have everyone emotionally invested. The last 10 years in WWE has been the “Let’s Go Cena/Cena Sucks” Era because John Cena has been both your top face and your top heel.

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