Top 5 Heels in the WWE Right Now
Most wrestling fans enjoy a good face wrestler these days, unless it's John Cena, of course.
Personally, I feel that a wrestler's true potential and talent is exploited during his heel phases. A heel in my opinion, has to work much harder in the ring and on the mic, therefore adding much more production value to any given show the WWE puts on.
Unfortunately, a good heel is hard to come by these days, and even though the WWE currently has a very wide stable of potentially phenomenal heels in their arsenal, they don't get used a lot.
In this edition, I'd like to power rank the top five heels in the WWE currently.
There are a few heels in the WWE that don't crack my top five, but they are worth mentioning nonetheless.
Mark Henry for instance is almost an enigma of the big bodied wrestlers that occupy the WWE. Unlike his counterparts like Big Show and The Great Khali, Henry has somewhat of a wrestling ability. Henry can keep a crowd entertained and has decent movement in the ring for a man of his size.
Jack Swagger may not be observed as a heel per se, but his on-air character pretty much emulates him as one. The former World Heavyweight and United States Champion has almost fallen off the radar in the WWE's storyline in recent weeks and it's very disappointing.
But that's an article for a different day. Swagger's amateur background and development since he's come to the WWE have made him one of the company's most underrated talents.
Hunico is another wrestler who I feel has tremendous abilities, but is currently being victimized with a horrendous gimmick.
We got to know Hunico as Sin Cara Negro last summer, and most of us were immediately amazed by the high-flying tactics of the wrestler. His mic skills may not be the best in the world, but that can be coached. He just looks like a heel.
With all that behind us, let's take a look at the top five heels in the WWE, according to yours truly of course.
5. Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio has one of most well-rounded storylines I've seen in a very long time.
Factor in the way he speaks to the WWE Universe, the little scarf he wears around his neck, and all the exotic cars he comes to the ring in, and he is also one of the WWE's best characters.
I understand his whole destiny gimmick was one of the cheesiest things we've seen since The Boogeyman, but Del Rio is a tremendous talent.
When I have friends over that grew up watching wrestling and they see Del Rio on the screen, I basically tell them that he is a Mexican version of Kurt Angle. And I stand by that statement vehemently.
He has pure wrestling ability due to his training in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling while he was growing up, and when he's not talking about his "destiny," has some of the most refreshing mic skills of a heel that we've seen in a very long time.
Del Rio had fallen off the radar shortly after he lost his title, and when I saw him at a house show I attended, I got very excited to see he was coming back.
4. The Miz
Here's a guy most people might have forgotten about recently.
Last year, he was ranked the No. 1 pro wrestler in the world. And for good reason.
It's extremely difficult for me not to have The Miz higher up this list than he is. He embodies what hard work and perseverance in this business will get you.
It's no secret that The Miz has been a lifelong wrestling fan, and you can see that in the effort he puts into every match he's in. The fact that Miz has been used as a glorified tackling dummy for a campaign to put R-Truth over is more than sickening.
Besides Vickie Guerrero, there is no one who has a voice that's more piercing and annoying to the ears of the WWE Universe. Couple The Miz's mic skills with his wrestling talent, and there is no doubt that he is one of the top heels in the company right now.
3. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is a once-in-a-generation type of talent. Almost like a Chris Jericho. He is definitely someone I am never disappointed to see on a card.
Ziggler doesn't have the most rounded mic skills in the heel category, but he makes up for that with his in-ring antics and wrestling ability.
"The Show Off," as he's dubbed himself, reminds me of a hybrid cross between Bret Hart and Chris Jericho. I had the opportunity to see him square off against CM Punk in a couple of house show matches, and they put on quite a show.
I don't want to take away from CM Punk because he has some of the best technical abilities in the company, but if I were running things, Ziggler would be the next champion.
The current feud that Punk is having with Jericho would be infinitely more entertaining with Ziggler on the other end, just because of the matches that they can have together.
2. Chris Jericho
So I know if Chris Jericho wasn't on this list, I'd catch a lot of heat.
Trying to figure out where to put Jericho on this list was the most difficult part, until his match at WrestleMania.
Until that match, I still wasn't entirely convinced Jericho was back for anything more than a paycheck. His match against CM Punk at WrestleMania 28, and the promos that have followed, pretty much solidified Jericho being in the top two on this list.
It's almost as he hasn't lost a step during his entire career. He might have slowed down just a tad, but he is still the pure wrestling machine I grew up watching, and his obnoxious mic skills are still there.
In the beginning, I thought bringing Jericho back was going to be a pathetic experiment by the WWE to try and get some old Attitude Era fans back into the game, but he's done a fantastic job.
1. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan is in my opinion, the most well rounded wrestler on the WWE talent roster currently.
He can do everything. And I mean everything.
The WWE has demolished his character since his title reign, and now, unfortunately, Bryan might have to start from scratch.
If you look at some of his old footage from his independent circuit days, you already know he has some of the scariest mic abilities in the business. And if you've been paying attention to his matches, you already know he is by far one of the best wrestlers we've seen hit the mainstream in years.
If I could find one thing he's done recently to cite as an example, it would be how his screaming of the word "YES! YES! YES!" spread like wildfire overnight. And if you don't believe me, look at who is selling the most T-shirts right now.
Sadly, the WWE creative staff played him completely wrong, launching him on the vegan gimmick, and culminated it with him essentially being molested in an 18-second WrestleMania match against Sheamus that was one of the matches that could have stolen the night.
David is a lifelong fan of the WWE and all things wrestling. He attends over 12 live events per year, including pay-per-views and tapings of Raw and Smackdown. Please feel free to comment and offer feedback on all of his articles, and follow him on Twitter: @TheReal_DB3. For every 300 followers, David will donate 1K to an NHL Charity!
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