WWE: Gorgeous George to John Cena, 24 of Wrestling's Most Effective Heel Runs

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WWE: Gorgeous George to John Cena, 24 of Wrestling's Most Effective Heel Runs

Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.  Thomas Aquinas

Perhaps, but would anyone appreciate goodness in evil's absence?

The debate endures.

At its heart, professional wrestling is a narrative art centered on the perpetual conflict between good and evil. Each side fights for dominance, which is signified (in most cases) by a championship belt.

While wrestling fans have seen hundreds of title feuds over the years, some clearly stand out from the rest.

The reason?

Some characters have simply been stronger than others. Wrestling fans have seen a number of truly great babyfaces carry world championships over the years, but what is a babyface without the opposition of an equal-or-greater heel?

The best rivalries in professional wrestling require the same two ingredients today as they always have.

The first ingredient is a babyface whom the fans love, adore, and, above all, genuinely support. The second is more important: an exciting heel who makes fans clamor for his demise, however powerful he may be.

The heel must force fans to support the babyface; otherwise, there is little reason to care.

This list chronicles 24 of the most effective periods of heel dominance since pro wrestling first hit the mainstream, in chronological order. In each case, the heel was one of the most important characters in his promotion's literary arsenal, and in many cases even more renowned than the babyface(s) opposing him.

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