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Top 15 Wrestlers We'd Love to See Turn Heel

In recent years, wresting across just about every North American promotion has been overtaken by the increasingly powerful Wrestling Fan. With internet 'smarks' shining a light on the creative process behind the scenes, the Wrestling Fan has come to better understand the mechanics of why one wrestler is pushed ahead of another, and how a promotion's braintrust goes about establishing a pecking order amongst the roster.

This understanding has instilled the Wrestling Fan with more vocal investment in who they wish to see pushed, rather than accepting the status quo and 'following the script' as promotions like WWE, NXT, TNA and ROH had planned. Each promotion now must grapple with the challenge of faces being booed for having not been handpicked by those fans and heels being cheered upon being deemed cool. The narrative that these promotions are trying to concoct is no longer being accepted at face value, thereby forcing changes on the fly and prompting writers to take a more active role in listening to what fans want.

When it comes to faces and heels, this means that wrestlers on both sides of the ledger must fully inhabit the persona they've been assigned and writers must infuse the proper tone and energy in their characters. Each promotion also needs to know when to listen to their fans and when not to, as WWE recently highlighted by continuing to push Roman Reigns as a face in spite of boos until he was, ultimately, accepted by their Universe.

Still, there remain a number of wrestlers that continue to find themselves on the wrong side of the face/heel spectrum. While some faces continue to seek cheers while only being met with apathetic indifference, others are primed to make a greater impact if turned than they would by staying the course. In case WWE, NXT, TNA or ROH happens to be looking for any creative input, here are 15 wrestlers who should probably be turning heel:

15 Mr. Anderson

via pl.wikipedia.org

14 Zack Ryder

via ringthedamnbell.wordpress.com

13 Matt Sydal

via 411mania.com

12 Gail Kim

via wrestledelphia.com

11 Jack Swagger

via rantsports.com

10 Colin Cassady

via bleacherreport.com

9 Sin Cara

via 411mania.com

8 Bobby Fish

via onlineworldofwrestling.com

7 Randy Orton

via rollingstone.com

6 Moose / War Machine (tie) 

via rohwrestling.com

5 Kurt Angle

via tjrwrestling.net

4 Chris Jericho

via acast.com

3 The Dudley Boyz

via zap2it.com

2 Dolph Ziggler

via betweentheropes.com

1 John Cena

via forbes.com

'John Cena should turn heel' might be one of the most repetitive, often-made arguments in WWE history. But a vocal anti-Cena presence at every WWE event and a desperate need for something to shake up the current product has consistently gotten the short shift in favor of merchandise sales and public and charitable appearances. Now, Cena no longer even anchors the promotion thanks to the ascent of Reigns, which begs the question of what he is being protected for? In fact, you might argue that a mega-feud between an Authority-approved Cena against the emerging Reigns could be one of the few true fresh main event feuds that WWE has in its holster.

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