Fans love to boo a bad guy and some WWE Superstars love to be booed. Any reaction is a good reaction as it means a wrestler has provoked the crowd's attention, which is exactly what WWE needs to be doing to remain at the top of their game.
For some Superstars, however, the heat can get too much. Wrestling fans are passionate and the lines between kayfabe and reality can blur. Here are five Superstars who soaked up every moment playing a bad guy and five who hated being booed.
10 Love It: Randy Orton
Randy Orton is such a good villain that WWE repeatedly encounters the hurdle that fans like him too much to boo him. Though his popularity may have waned in recent years, he remains one of the biggest Superstars in the company and an excellent antagonistic force.
The Viper has stated previously that he enjoys playing a heel, something which shows in his in-ring presentation. He is currently set to face bubbly babyface Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship at Clash Of Champions.
9 Loathe It: Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey's debut in WWE was a momentous occasion that elevated the Women's Evolution to the main event of WrestleMania 35. However, as much as fans were hyped to see the former UFC star perform in WWE, they were never going to turn on underdog-turned-trailblazer Becky Lynch.
The Baddest Woman On The Planet found her career almost derailed as she was booed out of the building following her Survivor Series match against Charlotte Flair. The Raw Women's Champion looked visibly distraught as she exited the arena to a chorus of boos.
8 Love It: Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks thrives more in the role of a heel than she does in that of a babyface. If her early days in NXT and subsequent feuds with each of the other Four Horsewomen aren't proof enough, her return from hiatus and switch to villainy has been so well-received by fans it's a puzzle why it didn't happen sooner.
The Boss said during an appearance on Edge and Christian's podcast earlier this year in January how she "loves being a bad guy" and that drawing the ire of the crowd is a welcome challenge for her. Considering the reaction to her recent heel turn, it is easy to see why.
7 Loathe It: Batista
Batista's return was nowhere near the glorious triumph WWE anticipated it to be. His return and victory in 2014's Royal Rumble came at the expense of Daniel Bryan, who had proved himself as a valiant underdog to fans. Quickly dubbed 'Boo-tista,' The Animal was rejected by the WWE Universe.
Batista remarked that it felt like a "personal attack" though it simply remains as evidence that fans were no longer willing to accept the prioritization of Vince McMahon-backed guys over former independent wrestlers.
6 Love It: Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin draws a generous amount of heat from the crowd. Unfortunately, this has been accused of being "go away" heat as the Lone Wolf has struggled to connect with crowds since his recent main roster push.
The criticism hasn't bothered Corbin, who proclaims that any crowd reaction is a good crowd reaction. The former acting Raw General Manager states that he enjoys provoking fans and pouring "kerosene on fires."
5 Loathe It: Roman Reigns
In the same vein as John Cena, WWE has insisted on pushing Roman Reigns as their next top guy despite the fans refusing to accept him - or the traditional WWE formula. In a wrestling climate where indie wrestlers have a new-found respect and following, it's not enough to be handpicked by Vince McMahon anymore.
The Big Dog drew the ire of the crowd during 2015's Royal Rumble match, which he won after entering at number 19. Even an appearance from The Rock couldn't soften the crowd and both cousins expressed their distaste and bewilderment afterward.
4 Love It: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair seems to be in a strange transitionary phase between heel and babyface. A good guy presence is viably needed to oppose Bad Guy Bayley, but The Queen performs much better as a heel as she knows how to antagonize the crowd - and she loves it.
In a phone interview with Busted Open Radio broadcast on YouTube in 2018, the former Women's Champion revealed how she doesn't feel as comfortable being a babyface and how villainy is her preference.
3 Loathe It: Goldberg
Goldberg's 2016 return to WWE was not the grand return the company expected it to be. The former WCW star beat Brock Lesnar in under two minutes during their clash at Survivor Series to win the Universal Championship, but the fans weren't eager to get behind another Universal Champion unable to perform consistently like the rest of the locker room.
It wasn't the first time that the crowd had turned on Goldberg. Fortunately, he maintained a professional attitude and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
2 Love It: Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon, like Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks, is another Superstar who thrives most as a bad guy. As the daughter of the Chairman of the Board, she is a natural antagonist. The Billion Dollar Princess has been a babyface periodically in her professional wrestling career, though her tenure as a heel is longer.
McMahon has no qualms with the tremendous heat she garners from fans and instead welcomes it. Being a bad guy is admittedly more fun, though she retains that it is all acting.
1 Loathe It: The Bella Twins
The days preceding the Divas Revolution was strange. The Bella Twins, AJ Lee and Paige were occupying the sole spotlight on the women's division, facing each other in a tag-team match at WrestleMania 31 which the Anti-Diva and the Black Widow won.
Before this, the Bellas cut heated promos in the ring that seemed to be a fierce rebuttal to the criticisms of them from fans. One such promo was cut short on an aired episode of SmackDown in an apparent effort to continue to portray the Bellas as bad guys, which prompted Nikki and John Cena to respond via Twitter.