Ranking the 7 Best Heels in WWE
More often than not, the WWE seems to be rather heel-heavy.
Perhaps it's because it's easier to get people to hate a star than to like him, or perhaps it just so happens that more guys and gals are better as babyfaces—I don't know.
Generally speaking, though, heels dominate the WWE, and the company has no shortage of quality bad guys (and gals) who are very easy to hate.
But just who is the best heel in the WWE? Well, it's time for a little debate.
Here are my rankings of the seven best heels in the WWE.
7. The Big Show
By no means am I a fan of The Big Show, but he's been doing some pretty good work over the last couple of months.
Not long ago, he was boring us to death with his lame babyface character and crying after getting "fired" by John Laurinaitis. Now, he's being booked like a huge, unstoppable jerk, which is the way he should have been booked throughout most of his career.
Big Show comes across as much more natural in his current role, where he annihilates his opponents and takes them out with the WMD. Perhaps more importantly, though, he's even having better matches as a heel.
It was always hard to get behind Show as a face (why cheer for a seven-foot tall giant who should dominate everyone?), but even though I still don't find him all that exciting, his matches are 10 times better when he's working with a quality babyface and forcing that face to fight like hell to beat him.
Big Show's mic work is even better as a heel, as he now shows more confidence on the stick and doesn't look like he's just going throw the motions anymore.
Do me a favor, WWE. Keep Big Show heel and let him be the enormous ass-kicker he currently is because that's where he thrives.
6. The Miz
The Miz has a lot of haters out there, but it's hard to hate on a guy who, quite simply, just knows how to be a heel.
While I will agree that The Miz can come off as highly obnoxious at times, that's what his character is supposed to be, and that's what works for him. He's like that really loud, aggravating frat boy who you just want to punch in the mouth to make him shut the hell up.
In that sense, The Miz is accomplishing his goal. He's making you hate him and, in turn, making the babyfaces that he feuds with (like Kofi Kingston) more likable in the process.
A lot of that has to do with The Miz's mic work, which is still among the very best in the WWE. He's a fantastic talker, especially when he's given the right person to battle it out on the mic with.
The Miz has almost always been a guy who's great at cutting promos, but I might be even more impressed by the incredible improvements he's made in the ring. He's gotten so much better over the last two years that I really want to see him elevated back up the card so we can get a chance to watch what he does when in the ring with the WWE's top stars again.
After all, The Miz deserves it. He's continued to shine on the mic, and with his in-ring work also continuing to improve, he's definitely working his way back up the WWE's heel pecking order.
5. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett is one of the few heels around who is actually a full-fledged villain.
While some of the WWE's heels almost come across as tweeners because of the way their characters are portrayed, there's nothing "cool" about Barrett. He's a heel through and through, and he thrives on being a clear-cut bad guy.
There's no gray area with Barrett, who excels as a heel because of the way he carries himself both in the ring and on the microphone. He is a hell of a brawler (in a similar mold to Sheamus), and he's pretty athletic for a guy who hovers around 6'7".
Like many others on this list, Barrett has made tremendous strides in the ring over the last several years. But it's his top-notch abilities as a talker that have set him apart from the pack since way back when he was the leader of The Nexus and even before then when he was a "rookie" on NXT.
Barrett won that show in large part because he knows how to get the crowd to hate him whenever he speaks and because he draws great heat during his matches as well.
Although Barrett hasn't reached the promised land yet, he's been a main-eventer or borderline main-eventer for most of his career. Odds are that he'll continue to stay in that role because he's simply too great of a talker and too easy to hate not to.
4. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes is probably the most "old school" heel in the WWE.
Everything he does reminds me of some of the best heels from the 1980s, who went about their business in the ring as if what they were doing was 100 percent real. It's as if they're being themselves rather than playing a character.
Rhodes is so methodical with whatever he's doing. When he talks, he makes every word matter and doesn't resort to comedy like many heels do nowadays. He seems absolutely disgusted by the crowd and has no desire whatsoever to get them to like him.
He's the same way in the ring, too, often targeting body parts and slowly working on them until he can get the victory. There's nothing really flashy about him, either, as he doesn't do a whole lot of flips or crazy moves that might get him cheered by the crowd. No, he just beats his opponents down in a very purposeful manner just like the heels of 30 years ago did.
And guess what? It works really well for him.
Rhodes doesn't need to do anything extraordinary to generate heat or to make the hardcore fans appreciate his abilities. He just plays the role of the heel and does it to near perfection, which is exactly what he's supposed to do.
3. Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero
When I think of Dolph Ziggler, I think of Vickie Guerrero. Naturally, I can't separate two people that have been side by side for roughly two years now.
Ziggler, as we all know, has become one of the WWE's most talked-about superstars, primarily because of his amazing in-ring abilities, which have often gotten him babyface-like reactions from the crowd. That's probably the biggest reason why he still has Vickie as his manager.
Vickie generates more heat than arguably anyone in the WWE, and even though many consider it to be "X-Pac" or "go away" heat, she gets that heat on a consistent basis, nonetheless.
It's resulted in a great partnership between she and Ziggler because "The Showoff" thrives as a ridiculously arrogant heel, but the case can be made that he needs Vickie because he'll get cheered (due to his fantastic wrestling skills) without her.
While I think Ziggler could thrive as a heel on his own because he's very good at doing the little heel things like holding the tights or putting his feet on the ropes when going for the pin, he and Vickie work very well together.
He's great at the cocky "Showoff" thing, and she's great at the obnoxious "Excuse me" thing. They complement each other incredibly well and combine to form one of the best heel duos in the WWE.
2. Damien Sandow
Damien Sandow has only been on the main roster for seven months, so perhaps I'm anointing him a bit too early.
But I'm going to do it anyway: He is one of the best pure heels in the WWE.
In a company where many heels have very similar characters, Sandow, of course, stands out from the rest of the pack. His gimmick is unlike anyone else's in the company and unlike anything else we've seen in quite some time.
Sandow's belief that he is intellectually superior to all of us shines through in everything that he does, whether that be a match, a promo or even a backstage skit. He has this superb snotty demeanor and views himself as a social elitist, but his flashy pink and purple tights are a great contradiction to that character.
While Sandow's gimmick is tremendous, it's the little things that really make him special: The way he holds the mic when cutting promos, the way he'll constantly roll out of the ring to avoid the babyface during his matches, the way he'll break up a pin by getting in the way of the referee's arm as the ref makes the count, etc.
It's the little things that can make or break a star, and Sandow does all the little things right.
1. CM Punk and Paul Heyman
After CM Punk became one of the WWE's most popular stars over the course of 2011 and 2012, I didn't think he would be able to become its top heel again so quickly.
But much to my surprise, that's exactly what he's done.
Punk's heel turn started off with a valid point: He wanted the respect he felt like he deserved but wasn't getting. Of course, Punk quickly started to spiral out of control on his quest for respect, doing all the wrong things to try to get it.
That's led to those who were once Punk's fans becoming his biggest haters, and rightfully so. Punk has done plenty of things that have turned him into a straight-up jerk, such as his refusal to face John Cena at Hell in a Cell or "taking the night off" in his hometown of Chicago.
He's also aligned himself with one of the WWE's biggest villains ever, Paul Heyman.
Heyman and Punk are a match made in heaven, with Heyman also serving as Punk's puppet master of sorts, pulling the strings so that Punk does whatever he can to retain the WWE Championship that he's held for almost a year now.
It's resulted in Punk turning into the WWE's most despised wrestler, a good guy gone bad who prioritizes his love of his WWE title over anything else in his life.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!