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Who Should Be The Face Of WWE's New Era? An Argument For And Against The Top 8 Contenders

Every era has a face that defines it. The Golden Generation of wrestling had Hulk Hogan, the New Generation had Bret Hart, the Attitude Era had Stone Cold Steve Austin and the PG Era had John Cena. The WWE has now embarked on its so called New Era and with that, a face has to go with it.

What does this 'New Era' of wrestling mean? Well, so far it means that in-ring skill takes precedence over a wrestler's 'look' and that in-ring action is more important than the ability to cut a promo. At least that's the way it's worked out so far. This era has plenty of time to find its identity, but seeing as that it's now underway, WWE must be trying to figure out who the face of the company is going to be.

We can see for ourselves that there are obvious names who could carry that distinction. It seems that nobody is unanimous though, so we're going to try to pick apart all the top contenders. In this list, we'll be looking at the eight most likely faces of the new era and find a good reason for or against them in regards to this role. Hopefully, by the end of the list, you'll have come to a conclusion as to who it should be. Enjoy!

16 For: Finn Balor

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15 Against: Finn Balor

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14 For: Kevin Owens

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13 Against: Kevin Owens

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12 For: AJ Styles

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11 Against: AJ Styles

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10 For: Charlotte

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9 Against: Charlotte

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8 For: T.J. Perkins

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7 Against: T.J. Perkins

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6 For: Seth Rollins

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For work rate alone, Seth Rollins deserves to be in this conversation for the face of the New Era. Even though he took time off for injury, Seth Rollins still has more five star performances than anyone else on the roster. Seth portrayed a weasel heel for his run as Champion, and did a great job of building up heat on himself in the process. Rollins carried the main event scene for an impressive 220 days as the World Heavyweight Champion, and has been compared to the likes of Shawn Michaels during his solo run in the company.

5 Against: Seth Rollins

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4 For: Dean Ambrose

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3 Against: Dean Ambrose

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2 For: Roman Reigns

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Despite what the IWC wants you to think, Roman Reigns probably has the most potential out of anyone on this list. True, he does have some shortcomings, and was pushed really hard, really fast, but the former WWE Champion is built for the main event scene. He has shown that he can take a shoot beating (see his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania), and can hold his own when paired with good wrestlers. Reigns' in-ring ability has steadily increased over the past few years, and he is certainly at least as good as Hulk Hogan and The Rock in terms of wrestling ability. On the purely aesthetic side, Reigns has the look of a Superstar and certainly has the “it” factor when speaking about his potential marketability for the WWE. 

1 Against: Roman Reigns

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Roman has a ton of upside, but his glaring inability to deliver a scripted promo may be his downfall. If Roman were signed during an era where wrestlers were able to go off script, he wouldn’t be nearly as intolerable when on the microphone. Sadly we are in a scripted era, and Reigns' lack of acting ability is on full display for the world to see, and looks even worse when standing across from someone with better mic skills. The biggest elephant in the room in terms of Reigns being “the guy”, has to be the visceral heat he has from hardcore wrestling fans.

The IWC had to deal with John Cena for over a decade, before finally giving him the respect he deserved, and it seems they don’t want to play the same game with Roman Reigns. Roman would have to win the respect of both the mainstream audience, as well as the hardcore fans in order to usher in this New Era for the WWE.

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