Hello, Bleacher Report, and welcome to another edition of Broughton's Fav Five. Today, I'll be taking a look at five wrestlers that have run their course and need to make a change from either heel to face, or face to heel.
Let me start off by saying John Cena will not be on this list. It isn't because I think he should stay face—because I don't. With that said, the fact of the matter is, he will never change to a heel.
However, there are plenty of other wrestlers who have the opportunity to take the next step in their respective careers if they make the change, but WWE creative needs to pull the trigger.
WWE is trending in the right direction, but in order to continue to succeed, they need to pull all of the right strings. Here are just a couple of strings that need pulling. So without further ado, let's begin!
Over the past few years, Santino Marella as grown into a fan favorite. His underdog comedian act was growing on the WWE Universe, myself included. However, he eventually peaked at Elimination Chamber this past year.
After receiving a rave reaction from the crowd, WWE tried turning Marella into an actual contender and gave him the US Title. Since then, Santino has gone downhill.
Most fans have grown annoyed with his antics, and I think he needs a change (He also needs to lose the title). As a heel, Santino was fantastic. That isn't to say he doesn't do a good job as a face character, but I think it has run its course and needs some adjustment.
Since people are starting to find Santino annoying, turning him heel wouldn't be too difficult. Just have him say all the same things, just in a negative way. Should he go out and actually win? Not really. Unless WWE wants to completely change Santino's character, he should stick to being comedic relief, but from now on as a bad guy.
Upon Kane's return to WWE, most fans were excited to see where he goes. However, he hasn't done much of anything recently, and his rivalries have been pretty lackluster outside of his involvement in the AJ/D-Bry/CM Punk storyline. Now, WWE has slowly turned Kane back into a face, which upsets me a great deal.
As a face, Kane loses quite a bit of appeal, as he just doesn't seem as dominant. Nicknamed the Devil's Favorite Demon, Kane should return to his sick, twisted gimmick that really got him over in WWE (Along with being linked to the Undertaker). If WWE really wants Kane to be at his best, a big run as a dominant heel would be the thing to do.
As of now, Cody Rhodes is stuck in a pretty tough situation. He hasn't done anything wrong, but creative can't find a place to put him. He doesn't have a match booked for SummerSlam, and is lacking a real rivalry (I don't call his recent run-in with Sin Cara a rivalry just yet).
Now, Rhodes needs to do something fast, as he is quickly falling down the rankings.In my opinion, the best option is to turn him face and pit him up against Dolph Ziggler for the World Title.
As two of the best young studs in the business, WWE can really show the fans the potential of both men, and give us a taste of what the future will bring. Cody has quickly become one of the best in the business, but a face turn will really give him the final push he needs.
It wasn't too long ago that R-Truth was nothing more than a jobber with a terrible rapping gimmick. He was solid in the ring, and not too bad on the mic, but his gimmick was really holding him back. That was, until he turned heel. Nearly immediately after turning his back on the fans, Truth skyrocketed to the top, using a crazy-like gimmick that really got him over.
However, after returning from his suspension as a face, Truth really lost all of his momentum. Sure, he won the tag team championships, but his character doesn't have the same feel as it once did.
How can Truth regain the magic he had just one year ago? Simple. Just turn him back into a heel and let things go from there.
As a heel, I honestly think Truth has the ability to be the No. 1 heel on Raw, but it isn't up to me. WWE has to realize what they are missing out on and pull the trigger quickly, or time will run out.
Last but not certainly not least, we have the Viper, Randy Orton. It is obvious that Randy Orton is one of the most popular names in the WWE today, but he just can't seem to stay out of trouble.
Now, he is off the SummerSlam card and really hasn't done anything since his return a few weeks back.
If WWE really wants to use Orton to his full potential, they would slide him back into his role as a heel. After attempting to use his popularity to their advantage, WWE seemingly dropped the ball on turning Orton into a "Stone-Cold-type" character.
Randy is obviously best as a heel—and with a face champion like Sheamus—it is where Randy needs to be. Orton belongs in the world title hunt, and as a heel, he would be the perfect competition for Sheamus.
Randy is the type of guy that can win the title on any given night, so he would definitely be a more believable opponent instead of Alberto Del Rio. Orton's reign as SmackDown's top face is over, and it is time for him to return to his evil ways.
WWE is lacking a No. 1 heel on SmackDown, and despite Ziggler looming in the background, Orton is the man for the job right now.
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