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Top 25 Loathed Heels in Wrestling History

Over the years, the business of being an effective heel has changed. The heel's character and story type has evolved as the art of wrestling has evolved. And it has developed as the audience's expectations have developed. But one characteristic of a heel has always remained the same: a heel's defeat must always be believable and noteworthy. The villain must draw the crowd into his story before he ultimately falls to the hero in dramatic fashion. Of course, that defeat may not come right away, but it will come eventually.

It's not easy being a villain. In fact, one might question whether it's truly harder to be a villain than to play a "face." And it's a reasonable question. Not only does a villain have to welcome the hatred that inevitably surrounds him like a thick fog, but he must handle immense public pressure whenever he saunters to the squared circle. To further analyze whether or not it's more difficult to be a villain or a "face," we might ask, what is a more powerful emotion, love or hate? Is it is easier to be loved or hated? Is it easier to stay in character when fans are cheering or booing you? Maybe the answers to these questions all depend on the wrestler.

The wrestlers listed here all succeeded where many failed. They not only became an effective heel, they developed into the greatest villains of them all. The audience believed in their characters, their motives, and their ability to carry out those motives over their opponents. Further, these villains helped advance the wrestling business. They helped create the nWo, D-Generation X (if you want to call them villains), The Attitude Era, and every group and individual between. You love to hate them and you hate to love them. The following are the greatest wrestling heels of all time.

25 Stone Cold Steve Austin

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24 Chris Jericho

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23 Scott Steiner

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22 Andre the Giant

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21 Edge

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20 Randy Orton

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19 The Dudley Boyz

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18 Jake "The Snake" Roberts

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17 Kane

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16 Sgt. Slaughter

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15 C.M. Punk

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14 Rick Rude

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13 The Million Dollar Man

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12 The Undertaker

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11 Randy Savage

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10 Paul Heyman

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"Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman."

9 Bobby Heenan

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8 Triple H

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7 Hulk Hogan and the New World Order

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6 Vince McMahon and His Family

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Vince McMahon is the ultimate heel for one reason and one reason only: he cared only about himself. McMahon wanted to step on the toes of others to put them in their place. And, of course, in the process make himself look better. He sacrificed his daughter, battled his son and orchestrated the notorious "Montreal Screw job." You may even call him a heel behind the scenes. He refused to pay top dollar for WCW's main talent when his company bought out the Atlanta-based company, which aided in destroying any chance the WCW could merge successfully with the WWE.

5 Freddie Blassie

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4 "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

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3 Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen

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2 "Superstar" Bill Graham

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1 Gorgeous George

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George had a tremendous impact on wrestling. Prior to his heel turn, he was a little known wrestler, however, his idea to become Gorgeous George turned the industry on its face. He transformed into a pompous, star-struck villain who yelled at officials "Get your filthy hands off of me!" whenever they'd check him for foreign objects. George was the first of his era and everyone from Bob Dylan to Muhammad Ali have noted George's influence on their creative style and personality.

Why is George the number one villain of all time? He influenced other heels listed right before him like Bill Graham and Ric Flair, as well as many others who followed in George's pronounced footsteps.

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