Ranking the 10 Best Current Babyfaces in the WWE
Personalities such as CM Punk have carved out a nice niche for themselves as the WWE's top babyfaces, entertaining the WWE Universe and winning tens of thousands over.
There are more than 80 members on the WWE roster. Of those, about 60 wrestle frequently. While many are irrelevant period, the rest are split into good guys (face) and bad guys (heel).
Each strive to make fans fall for them or hate their guts.
Whether we love them for their in-ring talents, quirkiness, laughable gimmick or a combination of all three, these are the top 10 babyfaces in the WWE right now.
No. 10: Layla
Why We Love Her: Stunning good looks and championship-caliber talent.
Layla is smoking hot.
But beyond her beauty, she's actually pretty talented in the ring, too.
Her character is bubbly, a bit flirty and above all, likable. Not many want to see this girl next door—well, girl from across the pond (Layla is from England)—get hurt.
She's talented, gorgeous and has a sexy accent. That makes for a winning combination.
No. 9: Zack Ryder
Why We Like Him: Gimmick.
The majority of the WWE Universe enjoys Zack Ryder's gimmick.
From the nickname to the Z! True Long Island Story miniseries, from the "Woo woo woo" chant to the bleached-tip, spiked hair, Ryder is fun to laugh at and with.
He's the lovable loser not many take seriously, yet he provides a scale of emotions.
Fans feel sorry for him when he loses and are elated when he wins.
No. 8: Brodus Clay
Why We Like Him: He's entertaining.
When he's destroying guys in the ring, Clay wows with monster clotheslines, slams and splashes.
His headbutt looks like it could put someone through a wall.
Then immediately after a win, he switches gears to a smiling, jiving, fun-loving Funkasaurus.
It's hard to get "Somebody call my momma" out of your head afterward.
Now if only he could develop more in-ring technique and an outfit that fit him better.
No. 7: Sheamus
Why We Like Him: Physical prowess and demeanor.
Sheamus is big and strong, and he loves to fight more than anything.
It's the fact that he doesn't back down from anyone or any challenge that wins many over.
Oh, yes—and he's the World Heavyweight champion.
Yet, through all this, Sheamus hasn't been able to fully capture as many fans as the rest on this list.
No. 6: Santino Marella
Why We Like Him: Gimmick, gimmick, gimmick.
Fans eat up the goofy Italian wrestler. It's hard not to.
The silly march Santino Marella does down to the ring, the facial expressions, the botched English, the antics and of course—The Cobra.
Marella is fun and easy to root for.
No. 5: Christian
Why We Like Him: Momentum, technique and freshness.
Fans are just plain happy Christian is back.
Right now he has huge momentum from capturing the Intercontinental Championship immediately upon his return.
Of course, the dramatic fashion in which he returned helps. No one expected to see him, yet here he is, set to participate in a Battle Royale.
Even better, he won.
Originally he used the win to challenge Santino Marella for the United States Championship. But after being disrespected by Cody Rhodes, Christian pulled off yet another swerve by challenging Rhodes.
Then he took the belt from Rhodes in the same night.
Not to mention, Christian is very technically gifted in the ring.
No. 4: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
Why We Like Them: Chemistry and in-ring dazzle.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are fun, exciting and high-flying.
They're dazzling, they have chemistry and—thank God—they are helping bring importance back to the Tag Team Division.
I lump them together because they are the tag-team champions and because, even in singles competitions, fans root heavily for them.
Inside and out of the ring, these two put on quite the show.
They have the ability to make fans laugh on the mic and then put them in awe during a match.
No. 3: Randy Orton
Why We Like Him: Ability
Randy Orton has so much going for him.
He's a third-generation wrestler who has been around the business since his beginning.
Orton has a great physique and look as well as an enjoyable, believable character in "The Viper."
Best of all, he backs everything with in-ring talent.
Orton consistently produces fantastic matches against some of the company's top talent. He's big, strong, fast and athletic.
There's no easier way to win fans over than to put on memorable matches.
Orton's one of the guys the WWE Universe is begging to see with the World Heavyweight title soon.
No. 2: John Cena
Why We Like Him: Persona
John Cena took the WWE by storm, and though his character has begun to rub many the wrong way, Cenation still lives strong.
Cena's not the greatest wrestler in the company, but that's okay.
He makes up for it in character, hard work, outside achievements and mic skills.
He's become a hero to children and an idol to men, and he's a guy women pay attention to no matter what he's doing.
Cena has his moments, but generally he's one of the most entertaining guys in the industry.
No. 1: CM Punk
Why We Like Him: Talent, mic skills, persona (everything).
There aren't many reasons to dislike CM Punk. In fact, I can't think of any.
In the ring, Punk is super talented.
He mixes in traditional wrestling with ground grappling and martial arts. He can fly around the ring or slow the match to his pace.
On the mic, he's funny and clever.
Punk is also a leader. He's the voice of the locker room and of the WWE Universe. He speaks up and speaks out against management and atrocities.
His "gimmick" of being straight-edge is something the man behind the character uses in his everyday life, making it that much easier to buy into.
He also happens to be the WWE Champion.
All of these things combined make CM Punk the top babyface in the WWE right now.