10 Best Heels in WWE Today
There are a few things that are certain in professional wrestling. These include drama, promos or interviews and of course the matches. But what actually makes these things interesting to the fans?
It is the dynamic between the babyface (good guy) and the heel (bad guy) involved in the feud.
In my opinion, the heels are the most important part of this equation. Fans must truly despise and hate the heels in order to make the good guys likeable. Truly great heels are hard to come by in today’s WWE. Anyone can go out and insult a crowd and garner “cheap heat,” but it takes someone truly special to really get under the crowd’s skin.
The WWE is in an arguably rough state as far as roster depth goes but I have established a list of the 10 best heels in the company today. This list was compiled based on my own opinion by observing these characters each week. Feel free to leave your comments about whom I may have missed or misplaced in the list.
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While the character of Tensai has been slow to develop in the WWE, there’s no mistaking fans hate him.
Other than “Big Johnny,” there is no person that gets less of a reaction from the crowd than Tensai. There is no denying that the WWE is trying to push Tensai but in recent weeks they have backed away from that. The WWE seems to be retooling the character trying to get him over with the fans.
Will this work? It is too early to tell, but rest assured if Tensai gets over it will not be as a face.
Kane has recently received a push from the company back into the main event scene. He is currently involved in a feud with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. The feud has a twist, however, as it involved AJ and a possible love triangle.
In recent weeks, she seems to be favoring Kane out of the three superstars and this, in my opinion, has hurt his heat. Kane was a monster heel on RAW where he terrorized the likes of Zack Ryder, John Cena and Eve, but has become a love struck and almost compassionate superstar.
I am not sure if the WWE is going to continue this possible slow face turn for Kane, but in my opinion his heel gimmick is much more entertaining.
In recent months Eve has turned into arguably the WWE’s top female heel.
She turned heel when she betrayed the likes of Zack Ryder and joined forces with the “People Power” movement. Eve was the “Executive Assistant” on Raw under John Laurinaitis. As a heel, Eve threw around her power on RAW and established herself as character with substance.
With the recent firing of John Laurinaitis, the future seems uncertain for Eve. Will the WWE keep her a heel? Or will she “learn” the errors in her ways and turn face again? That is yet to be decided.
The WWE should keep Eve as a heel as she has a great ability to garner heat without getting into the ring.
7. Big Show
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The Big Show is the most recent heel turn for the company. He turned his back on the fans on Over the Limit when he cost John Cena the make against John Laurinaitis. In the weeks following, he has insulted the fans, talked about how he is not an entertainer and terrorized the WWE roster.
The Big Show has elevated himself into a main event star with his most recent heel turn. The WWE is going to continue to push the Show as their monster heel. It was recently announced that he will take part in the Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE title.
I believe this role suits the Big Show very well in the twilight of his career. He has the size and demeanor to make his villainous run a lasting part of the WWE.
6. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez
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The “Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio and his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, has been a mainstay in the heel portion of the company since 2011. Alberto Del Rio exudes what it takes to be a top heel in the WWE. He is brash and unforgiving and possesses above average ring ability.
Del Rio has made a huge impact on both the Raw and SmackDown programs. He recently was scheduled to face Sheamus for the WWE title but was removed from that match due to a concussion.
Look for Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez to continue to be prominently featured in the WWE for some time to come.
5. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes has been on the verge of making a huge impact in the WWE for around the past year or so. He had a very long run with the title and has recently been involved in a feud with Christian over that belt.
Rhodes, like Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler, exudes charisma and a cockiness that only heels should possess. He also has an above average in-ring skill that make him exciting to watch. His past feuds with Booker T and the Big Show have established Rhodes as one of the fastest rising stars for the company. Things took off for his character during his “facemask” era and have continued to rise since then.
Look for Rhodes to break into the main event scene on SmackDown and possibly Raw when the right feud comes along.
4. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho has long been a top heel in the WWE. He has had stints as a babyface but overall I feel his character is best when he is portrayed as a bad guy. Jericho can work a live crowd like few others can in the WWE today. He truly is a master of in-ring psychology and has the ability to get the reaction he wants.
Fans across the WWE may feel like his current run in the WWE is approaching “flop” standards. This is due to the fact that Jericho, who was hyped in vignettes around the end of last year, has done little in his return. He was involved in a feud with CM Punk that saw great technical matches on display but saw Jericho lose on pay-per-view.
Jericho is about to return from a 30-day suspension for desecrating the Brazilian flag at a live event in Brazil. There is talk on the “dirt sheets” of a possible face turn for Jericho when he returns. It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks if the WWE is going to repackage Jericho as a face or keep him in his heel roots.
3. Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero
The fastest rising heel in my opinion is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler has been around the WWE for some time now but appears to have been catching fire recently. Ziggler has paired up with ultra-heel Vickie Guerrero which has been a great help to his character. Guerrero could gain heat and jeers in the prison filled with bad guys.
Ziggler recently lost a well contested bout with Sheamus at No Way Out for the World title. He was moved into the match due to Del Rio’s concussion and performed well on a big stage. He is arguably the best “seller” the WWE has. Combine that with his mat skills, charisma and his “Mr. Perfect” like gimmick and he has the recipe for success.
Ziggler has consistently been brought down by bad booking on the part of the WWE but that trend may slow down considerably. Look for the man who created “#HEEL” to continue down the road to being one of the top heels the WWE has seen in quite some time.
2. Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman
If you don’t know the back story of Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE, are you sure you should be reading this article? Lesnar returned to the WWE a few months back to a great amount of excitement and speculation. Fans across the country were unsure of whether Brock really wanted to return to the company for his love of wrestling or if he was in it for the paycheck. The “powers that be” did not care either way; they were just happy to have Lesnar back.
Lesnar came back and was immediately involved in a feud with John Cena. He was sided with John Laurinaitis and started up a contractually based storyline with Triple H. The feud continued by Lesnar breaking Triple H’s arm and Paul Heyman entered the scene. Heyman has acted as Lesnar’s spokesperson because the WWE is only allowed so many Lesnar appearances per his real life contract.
The feud should culminate in Brock Lesnar taking on Triple H at Summerslam.
Lesnar’s status as a heel has only been helped by the addition of Heyman. Lesnar is a below average “mic guy” while that is an area that Heyman excels at. Heyman has kept Lesnar’s heat going even with Lesnar being absent from TV. Lesnar adds to his own heat by playing the “greedy” character who appears to not care about the rules or fans.
Lesnar’s run at the top of the heel bunch in the WWE should continue through the end of his current contract at WrestleMania 29.
1. Daniel Bryan
YES YES YES! Daniel Bryan has topped my list of the best heels in the WWE today.
Bryan, who started in the independent scene, has arrived in the WWE over the past year. He has used a combination of superior wrestling skills and a well developed character to get over as a heel.
Bryan’s heel turn started when he cashed in the “Money in the Bank” briefcase on the Big Show and won the World title. After he became champion, he began to gloat about being the champion and also insult the fans that had supported him.
He was involved in the storyline romance with AJ in which Daniel Bryan treated the young diva very poorly, only furthering his heel status. The storyline culminated when Bryan blamed AJ for his 18-second loss at WrestleMania to Sheamus.
Bryan also coined the phrase “Yes!” as his trademark line in a way of annoying fans. This, however, has turned into something the fans have liked similar to the “What?” chants of the Stone Cold era.
It appears that most of the the fans will take Bryan as a heel but there is a pocket of the WWE fan base who cheer for him at live events. I believe the WWE will continue to use this trend similarly to when Stone Cold Steve Austin was around. Now I am not saying Bryan is on Austin's level, but the dynamic with the fans is the same. The WWE needs to continue to accent Bryan’s ability to irritate the fans as well as his ability to put on a great show.
Bryan’s feud with CM Punk has been one of the most interesting—where wrestling is concerned—that the WWE has seen in quite some time. Look for Bryan to be a mainstay in the main event scene for a considerable amount of time.