WWE SmackDown: Why Ezekiel Jackson Must Turn Heel to Be a Success

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Ezekiel Jackson is one of WWE's biggest, most powerful superstars. He has proven time and time again that picking up a guy like Big Show is no big feat for him.

He has slammed, suplexed and thrown around the world's largest athlete like he was a rag doll, so why is Jackson falling down the WWE ladder?

He is not the most technical in the ring, but what wrestler of his size is known for their mat wrestling abilities? He is also green on the mic, but that takes time to develop, and he has never been the focal point of many promos.

He began in WWE as a bodyguard for Brian Kendrick and had a heel persona to go along with it. He helped Kendrick take out some of WWE's bigger names before they both lost their push.

At one point it even looked like a confrontation between Jackson and Triple H was going to happen, but never grew into anything more than a one-time standoff.

After his relationship with Kendrick ended Jackson went on to win the ECW Championship, becoming the final champion before the brand was shut down.

Jackson disappeared for a time before being included in The Corre, Wade Barrett's post-Nexus stable. This gave him more time to shine and he was actually becoming more of a threat than Barrett.

He would constantly face off against Big Show in confrontations, and usually ended up getting the better of the former WCW Champion by body slamming or suplexing him.

Once he broke away from Barrett and became a face, it looked like things would keep getting better for Jackson. He gained the Intercontinental title and had plenty of victories under his belt.

Since losing the title to Cody Rhodes, he has been on a downward spiral in the ranks of WWE. He was once positioned as WWE's next dominant powerhouse only to be pushed back down the ladder.

His lack of experience is obviously a factor, but many big men have gotten by based on their character alone, whereas Jackson actually seems to have potential to be a great wrestler.

He is better than people give him credit for in the ring and as far as his mic skills go, he is still on the way up. These things always take time. Look back at Triple H's early days in WWE, not exactly legendary stuff from "The Game."

Jackson needs to turn heel if he has any hope of climbing higher in WWE. He is massive, quick on his feet and powerful beyond belief. These things make for a great heel wrestler.

Even if WWE did not want to use him as one of their top guys he could at least be used to make everyone else look like an underdog.

If he faced Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Title, he would not have to win it to look like a major threat. All he would have to do is dominate Bryan until the end when he gets rolled up or taps out to a submission applied out of nowhere.

Many big guys like Jackson have enjoyed good runs without actually being the guy who is getting a push. Earthquake comes to mind as an example of someone who was never the main event, but still had respect in the business.

I am sure Jackson would rather be world champion than a glorified jobber, but I am also sure he would rather be a glorified jobber than nothing at all.

I have high hopes for Jackson in 2012, he had the right look and his in ring skills can only get better, but his face character is not believable and therefore must be changed.

What do you think, would Jackson find more success as a heel?