New Year's Revolutions: WWE Faces Who Should Turn Heel in 2013
Well, it has been a very surprising past few months for the WWE. We've had superstars debut, return from injury and of course, several have changed their alignment, and we've seen some surprising results from them.
Some of these persona changes have been well received, while others have left fans skeptical of the results. At the very least, it has gotten people talking and made things feel a bit more fresh considering the length of time some have been in their former roles.
The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and A.J. Lee have all been making strides to turn over a new leaf, with The Miz and Del Rio forming a team of sorts (I refer to them as Awesome Excellence) and A.J. apparently leading a stable consisting of her latest boytoys in Big E. Langston and Dolph Ziggler.
One could even offer that this has caused Vickie to become an unwilling face—though her one match this past Monday on RAW leaves that as a question mark.
Anyways, it's almost 2013, and it's at this time of year that many people begin talking about New Year's resolutions and how they want to change something about themselves.
I got to thinking that maybe some WWE Superstars will want to look into changing their ways—maybe not in a totally positive way. This led me to the idea that instead of resolutions, we talk about revolutions—revolutions of WWE superstars for the next year.
Alicia Fox is a favorite Diva of mine, and she was recently the subject of another article I wrote describing her value to the company, with a few tweaks. One of those aforementioned tweaks was a reversion back to her heel persona, which I found far more entertaining than the seemingly forced face she has become.
During her time as a heel, Alicia not only displayed a surprisingly vicious demeanor, but she also gave off an air of arrogance not unlike other former Divas, such as Maryse Ouellet. That arrogance coupled with her appearance, ability and that seductive swagger in her step, did a great deal in helping her stand out from the pack.
WWE gave her a short reign that, while it was nothing to brag about, wasn't bad all things considered. She put on some good matches and despite an apparently infamous botch, where she referred to herself as the "undefined" Divas Champion, she still managed to do pretty good on the mic, in my opinion.
Tamina Snuka recently worked as Vickie's bodyguard, but she did so for a short time. Tamina was also seen ringside with Alicia for several of her matches. I like to think that a heel Alicia and Tamina could do some damage in the division if allied together.
Jimmy and Jey Uso
Jimmy and Jey, collectively known as The Usos, were at one point the only actual tag team in the WWE. Yet for some reason or another, WWE didn't feel that the brothers from Samoa were the right fit to hold the WWE Tag Team Championships. Don't ask me why, because your guess would be as good as mine.
That said, it makes one wonder about The Usos. The first time they debuted (with Tamina), they made an impact by taking out the then WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty. This resulted in the team gaining title shots on different occasions, but the two brothers would never be able to take the straps from The Dynasty.
That happened in 2010. Fast-forward to the tail end of 2012, and you'll see a tag division thriving with talented duos like Rhodes Scholars, Hell No and International Airstrike.
Yet The Usos have barely been a whisper in the division. It's a shame when you consider that they could easily have been Tag Team Champions multiple times by now.
This leads me to think that the WWE needs them as a heel team.
Granted, they're far behind Team Rhodes Scholars as far as being heels go, but we all know they're a short-term team, and the only long-term heel team in the division would be The Prime Time Players. I'd say Epico and Primo, but I don't really see them as a threat.
The Usos shouldn't have won the titles when they debuted, that's a given. They lacked character, and while their "contemporary Samoan" gimmick wasn't bad, it never really caught on.
It wasn't until the duo moved to SmackDown that they really started to find themselves and began to connect with the fans. Now, I think that with their character and ability, Jimmy and Jey could be a force in the tag team division on the same scale as Umaga was in the singles division early on.
Simply tone down the dance (or make it more intense) and let them get more physical in the ring, and you've got a gold-mine tag team right there.
Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Sin Cara, but he has grown on me. That said, there was a time I was really interested in him and his character, and surprisingly enough, it was during his first real storyline—with Sin Cara Negro (also known as Hunico).
It all started with a kick to the head of Daniel Bryan, and then I got to thinking, "Hm...that's unexpected."
I know, one of the biggest complaints about Sin Cara is his inability to convey emotion. However, I think as a heel, that could be turned into an advantage.
Oftentimes, you'll see a Superstar, and you know exactly what he's thinking. You know what's going on in his mind, and you'll see his frustration or anger. At times, you can guess what's about to happen, but that's not possible with Sin Cara.
He can go from leaning against a wall while another superstar passes by to attacking him from behind without warning, and I think his inherent unpredictability lends itself well to heel tendencies.
I also think that Hunico would make a better Sin Cara than his current portrayal, but that's another story for another time.
The last time we saw Captain Charisma he was a face, having lost the Intercontinental Championship to The Miz. Personally, I feel like Christian is one of the few superstars who is equally as good of a face as he is a heel. However, I do think that given the current WWE landscape, he would work best as a heel for now.
I'm not talking about the whiny, little...well, I'm sure you know the rest. I'm not talking about the man who couldn't stop asking for "one more match." I'm talking about letting the world see him for the "instant classic" he can really be.
Christian is so versatile, and he can easily get things done on his own, which he has proven time and time again. However, I also think Christian does well in a leadership role, and I'm not talking about him leading The Shield—I'm talking about a new Coalition for Christian, one where he could be of service to the guys behind him as well as take advantage of the numbers game.
People for the Christian Coalition who come to mind include Ezekiel Jackson, Yoshi Tatsu, Natalya and Curt Hawkins. Or, he could easily grab a couple of guys from NXT such as Xavier Woods or Kassius Ohno.
The sky is the limit for a guy like Christian, and I think that anyone associated with him has a pretty good career in front of them.
I think this would make a good heel theme for Ryder.
Last but certainly not least, we have the Long Island Loudmouth. Now I'm not saying that should be the route we take if we're going to turn Ryder heel.
You see, Ryder is a fan favorite. The crowd loves the guy and for good reason. He's a little bit different, he's a little out there, he's a little more contemporary, and he's definitely an original.
The man calls himself The WWE Internet Champion: So why not roll all that up and flip it on its ear?
I once had a scenario for the "big summer angle" WWE wanted to do that involved Ryder leading a low-card revolution—using names like Drew McIntyre, Curt Hawkins, William Regal and The Usos—complete with matches being stopped, worked shoots and of course, beatdowns backstage, not unlike what CM Punk did.
However, I think it would hit home for more people if Zack were the one cutting the promo. CM Punk was never as low as Ryder is right now, despite the fact Ryder managed to get over pretty much by himself. Punk always had help.
Toning it down a bit from a full-scale angle, it could simply work as Ryder's motivation. He got over by himself and the crowd wants him, so he's gonna take his spot. This could lead to Ryder forming his own group of lower mid-card guys with tweaked gimmicks.
Zack could ally with his old partner, Curt Hawkins, and they could get some muscle in Mason Ryan and even bring up Trent Barreta—he combinations are limitless.
In a sense, it's like 3MB but far more serious. No more, "Woo Woo Woo." There would need to be more arrogance than goofiness, and no more "fair-weather friends" like John Cena and Eve.
There could even be a new finisher, like the Tiger Bomb—I'm going to ignore every comment that calls me out for calling it a Bomb and not a Driver—or maybe we just go back to using the Zack Attack.
In fact, this could parlay Ryder nicely into a long-awaited grudge feud between himself and Kane, going into a feud between Hell No and...I don't know, let's call it The Zack Pack? Or maybe we should call it the Broski Brigade or Woo World Order?
Or, if WWE feels that's too much to handle, it could simply just pair him up with Curt Hawkins. It'd still make for a good feud with Hell No, at the very least.
I think the best way to go about heel and face changes is to balance out the card with enough heels and faces to have both new rivalries and occasionally the revival of an old one—if it was good the first time around or if both have improved since the last time they squared off.
These superstars may or may not benefit greatly from a turn, but you never know unless you try. I'm sure some of you were also expecting the usual names like Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show and John Cena. However, I think we hear enough of that, so I don't need to perpetuate it.
Thanks for reading everyone, and I'd also like to take this time to wish you all the best this holiday season. Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Christmas, Festivus or any other holiday that I may be unaware of, happy holidays to you and your loved ones.