In wrestling, very few things stay the same. Storylines are altered, champions change, tag teams break up, and rivals become allies. One of the most constant changes in WWE, however, is if a wrestler is a heel or a face. One of the most dramatic moments in a wrestler's career is when they turn from face to heel.
On the opposite end of that, however, a well-timed face turn can catapult a popular bad guy into another stratosphere. For some superstars, however, there is only one path to walk down. Sure, they may have played both roles at one point or another, but when it comes to what they do best, they can only play one to perfection. That's what we're going to look at with this list — here are five WWE superstars who are perfect heels and five that can only be faces.
10 Heel: Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin is the perfect WWE heel. Say what you want about his ability in the ring or his microphone skills, he has a characteristic that makes him unlikable. In a way, his lack of flashy moves and memorable promos makes him even more hated as he gets a lot of time on the screen.
As a character, he's pretty intelligent, picking his spots to strike, and getting the right one-liners in when needed. But that also makes him the perfect foil, since most of us have learned already — he's beatable. There's something fun about watching this particular superstar get his comeuppance.
9 Face: Rey Mysterio
Throughout Rey Mysterio's 30 year career, he's pretty much only been a face. In fact, the only time he ever went bad was during a brief stint in the WCW faction The Filthy Animals. Mysterio's high-flying fast-paced Lucha Libre style mixed with his colorful attire makes him impossible to root against for casual fans. For the more hard-core viewers, it's hard to disrespect an ECW legend who is still churning out fantastic performances well into his 40s.
8 Heel: Tommaso Ciampa
Tommaso Ciampa is a one-of-a-kind heel — especially in WWE. In a way, we think his gimmick could only ever work in NXT, though. He's an old-fashioned kind of heel who is not interested in getting reactions for his moves or his attire. He even wore a really cool custom shirt just to let fans know they can't buy it on WWE's official shop.
His feud with Johnny Gargano, which saw him go from loving teammate to bitter enemy, solidified him as a dastardly character fans could never cheer for. He'd come down the ramp to no entrance music (though that's changed now) and would be greeted to a chorus of boos. He ripped off a man's wedding ring mid-match and still won. He's pure evil. And we love it.
7 Face: Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch is such a face that when they tried to turn her heel, fans cheered. That's when WWE learned that Lynch is too good to boo. Prior to becoming "The Man", fans wanted to root for her as she was the plucky underdog with the heart of a champion. Now, she's the top superstar in the company, and she carries herself as such. Her smiles are gone, her promos are direct, and don't cross her on Twitter because she'll destroy anyone who gets in her way.
For all intents and purposes, we should be booing "The Man", but we can't help but cheer every time her music hits.
6 Heel: Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens has almost exclusively been a heel since his debut in NXT, we say "almost" here because he technically did start his first night in WWE as a face, only to attack Sami Zayn later in the night. He also had a brief run as a face alongside The New Day, but that was such a short turn around, we hardly want to mention it.
That's because Kevin Owens is a straight-up bad guy. He talks down to fans and mocks his rivals signature moves, but he backs everything he says up in the ring. He may be the best heel they have right now.
5 Face: AJ Styles
AJ Styles was a heel at one point in WWE, but that was a long time ago. In fact, it seems like such a distant memory, that it's not worth bringing up. That's because fans don't ever want to cheer against the Phenomenal One, so there's no point in fighting it. He's one of the best in-ring performers the company has ever employed, and he's made everyone he goes up against feel like a big deal, and for that, he could never truly go heel. Plus, in his mid-40s, Styles doesn't have anything left to prove on that front. If a fan really wants to see what a heel AJ Styles can do, there's a lot of content from his days in TNA.
4 Heel: The Miz
The Miz has played the role of a face, but outside of his most recent run, he's been rather forgettable in that position. Instead, he excels in a role where he makes fans loathe him. There's something about his demeanor, his attire, his attractive wife, and his ability to hold onto that Intercontinental Championship at all cost that makes him so easy to root against. When his career is said and done, there's no doubt he'll be a Hall of Famer, and we don't think fans will be swapping stories about rooting for him to get that big win when that finally happens.
3 Face: Jeff Hardy
It's hard to boo someone who's move-set is almost exclusively finding new and exciting ways to fall off of dangerous things. With that in mind, Hardy is just too likable to jeer. Fans are well aware of the youngest Hardy brother's personal struggles and watching him fight from the lowest points in his life to be who he is today is pretty inspiring. In his 40s, we don't know how many more classic Jeff Hardy matches we'll get, so it's all the more reason to root on our favorite underdog.
2 Heel: Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is an attraction, but ever since his debut in the early 2000s, fans have rooted against him. He's got the size, the skill, and the act, but he has always been positioned as a dislikable jock. Now, his gimmick of a prize-fighter who shows up whenever he wants (normally to challenge for or defend a title) has placed him in a spot place that most heels could only dream of. The mere mention of his name draws boos from fans, and his recent Money in the Bank win has many long-time viewers dreading to hear his music hit.
1 Face: John Cena
Sure, John Cena was a heel during his Doctor of Thuganomocs days, but let's get one thing straight, he's never turning again. John Cena has been a good guy for the last decade and change, and now, with a bright new movie career ahead of him, WWE would not make him go bad. At this point, it's hard to imagine fans wanting that anyway. His most recent interactions in-ring have been welcomed by swarms of cheers, which is really weird to think about if you lived through the late 2000s through to the mid-2010s, but here we are. Cena is a face, that will never change, and we are OK with that.