The concept of being able to play a good face and heel is sometimes an art form that is lost in the shuffle when it comes to the overall package of a wrestler. Sure, there have been phenomenal talents that only had to do one or the other, during their careers, to make a strong impact, but to be able to pull off a double whammy of two completely different personas is a true gift to behold. It's one that takes a great amount of focus and skill to achieve. And those that can grasp this, and make it work, is a special kind of character developer. Some of these Divas carried out this two-face identity so crisp and smoothly that it was easily detected at the beginning, while others came out of left field, but blew everyone away with their delivery nonetheless. Being able to have a superstar on the roster that can give you a wonderful face and a terrific heel is like getting a two for one special.
Throughout the last few years, there have been some exciting women in the WWE that created a double-edged personality that deserves to be acknowledged. Today, we look at 15 of these talented individuals that could play a saint...and a vixen.
14 Brie Bella
Although, not as strong in garnering heat like her "Twin Magic" counterpart, Nikki, she has shown to handle both mannerisms very well. Brie's go-to heel side that she pulled out of her bag was one that matched her face side. A lovable persona with a bit of a mean streak to it. She played more of an innocent heel over other stronger and more ruthless villains in the WWE. But the only important factor is that she made it work every single time. Teaming up with Nikki, she saw some moments that had her cheat during matches, and this became their trademark while Brie was heel.
13 AJ Lee
AJ Lee found a way to be entertaining as both a face and heel. She was even entertaining when you had no clue whether she was a heel or a face. She really started to get over when she accompanied Daniel Bryan to the ring, playing the constant damsel in distress and the loyal valet to Bryan.
Natalya is arguably, one of the most casual demeanor characters to enter the women's locker room, a right down the middle type of person on how she carries herself when entering the arena. So, it's no wonder that Natalya can transition between a beloved woman and one with a mean streak easily. Even both sides of her good and bad coin comes with a subtle yet undeniable smile that says, "I'm going to beat you."
11 Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon has been a staple character on television since the 90s. And during that time, she has proven over the years to be a really good magician when it comes to changing her affiliation between good and bad. She first appeared as a nice and sweet individual that was constantly in the struggle of being the next cliche damsel in distress princess. There she found herself being kidnapped by The Undertaker. At this time, she was a good solid face.
Sable was one of the original divas, so we had to include her here. Sable began her WWE career by accompanying Hunter Hearst Helmsley to the ring, but when her husband Marc Mero debuted, she began to accompany him. At first Sable played a mostly silent valet, not doing much besides standing at ringside. When Wildman Marc Mero turned heel due to feelings of jealousy towards Sable's fame, Sable gained even more popularity with the crowd. The fans showed sympathy for her and her career in WWE reached a whole new level, winning the Women's Championship later in 1998.
Eventually Sable's fame played a part in her heel turn as she became a heel due to an inflated ego following her appearance on the cover of Playboy. When Sable returned to WWE in 2003 she was once again a heel, playing Vince McMahon's mistress and Torrie Wilson's main adversary. Either way, she proved she was great at playing both roles.
9 Beth Phoenix
The woman known as the Glamazon proved to be dominant inside the ring against her adversaries. During that timeframe, however, she displayed herself as a force to be reckoned with. She also equipped her arsenal with a subtle shift in temperament. Her main personality was a middle of the road type of female. One that stuck to the script, and didn't back down (not even to the Great Khali.) So, it was perfect to see how she would switch between her heel side and her face side. She still kept her serious nature, but added a simple tweak here and there that only a person like her can deliver.
Lita showed an exceptionally good and bad side in the WWE. Granted, some of it was attributed to certain issues outside of the company, but she proved to display an airtight delivery in both roles when it pertains to her heel and face personalities. Lita didn't have the overall quick transitioning like other Divas on the list, but her tenacity and pushing her roles to the max is what made her unique in this art form. When she was a member of Team Extreme, Lita proved to have all the components to be a larger than life face in the company. Even before then, when she wore nothing but red, Lita captured everybody's attention and easily catapulting herself into a crowd favorite.
7 Nikki Bella
Here, we have an individual that has had a good run with the company, and one of those reasons why she has is being able to turn from a good girl to a sassy bully. Although her heel role sometimes overshadows what she has accomplished as a face, there's no denying that she can play either of them very well. When she teamed up with Brie, she delivered at being a caring sidekick to the teams overall problems as a face. But, once she wanted to go down a new path in her career, she transformed herself into a heel that has reached new heights in the women's division. Not just in her overall accomplishments wins wise, but also changing the DNA of her character's genetic makeup.
6 Molly Holly
Talk about a Diva that had a wide range of colorful characters at her disposal. Layla surely changed the landscape of not being afraid to try new gimmicks throughout her career with the WWE. One half of the infamous tag team duo, LayCool, she pretty much embodied what it meant to be a team player, and a masterful student of the heel/face game. Layla was so great at being able to change from a bad girl to a babyface, that it almost seemed like it was effortless for her. She was in a stable on ECW with Brooke Adams and Kelly Kellly, and later had a lot more roles with the company.
3 Mickie James
There is absolutely no denying Mickie James belongs on this list. The way that she played her roles while with the company was incredible. And looking back, what made it more appealing is the fact that she could play a face and a heel with so much ease. Mickie James began as an obsessed fan of Trish. During this time, she played a heel, but not your typical run of the mill heels. Mickie James played an easy going villain that was at the same time serious. This was a phenomenal performance by her.
2 Michelle McCool
One second she was a babyface on a motorcycle as a biker chick, the next second she's a teacher's pet manager cutting promos that rained down massive heat onto her. Michelle McCool was so good at this skill that it almost felt like she was altering between a mega heel and a charming face on a weekly basis, which sometimes wasn't far off. At the end, she settled on a pesky type of villain that saw her team up with Layla to form the tag team group LayCool. During her career as a pillar talent on the SmackDown brand, she started as a fitness trainer that was an adorable babyface.
Then, her retirement match saw her end her career as a heal with major heat. A complete circular blueprint of a performance from Michelle McCool, who when it came to playing the role of a face or a heel, she was...Simply Flawless.
1 Trish Stratus
Probably perceived as mostly a good girl throughout her career with the WWE, there was a time that hall of famer Trish Stratus wasn't so nice. In fact, there were times here and there throughout her time with the company that she not only displayed a heelish type of reputation, but performed it with great confidence. She played a great heel when she started with the WWE as a manager with T&A.
She made an incredible face turn at WrestleMania X-Seven when she slapped Mr. McMahon. She would become the most popular diva on the roster, before turning heel at WrestleMania XX by turning on Chris Jericho. Following a return from injury in 2005, she went back to being a face and would remain that way up to her retirement match in 2006.
Her ability to seamlessly transition between both is part of what makes her WWE's greatest female of all time.
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