The recent heel turn for AJ Lee leaves Vickie Guerrero in a somewhat interesting spot as 2013 kicks into gear.
For months, the current Raw Managing Supervisor feuded with AJ on Monday Night Raw. The rivalry became a major part of World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship program and it seemed inevitable that there would be some sort of major match to blow off the rivalry once and for all.
Then AJ pushed John Cena off a ladder at the TLC pay-per-view and became the company’s resident "Wicked Witch."
Now, the creative team must decide what course they want to take the Vickie character in. Of course, they could always decide to keep her as a villain. She is one of the most hated characters in the company and an easy heat-seeker.
However, she has become somewhat sympathetic since the AJ turn.
Vickie spent months warning Cena about the unstable mind of Lee. She told him how obsessive she can become with the men in her life, but everyone ignored her. Then TLC happened and she was proven correct, a fact that has been untouched since the pay-per-view.
Guerrero was also dumped by her boyfriend, Dolph Ziggler, and harshly insulted by the "Show Off." Taking it all into consideration, it would seem as though Vickie would be the real babyface in the whole situation.
That has not been the case, thus far, and one has to wonder whether or not Vickie could actually be a legitimate babyface character.
For years, she has been portrayed as the scheming, overbearing, manipulative female authority figure/manager who has helped prop up the careers of the company’s most talented baddies by engaging them in a relationship. Her "excuse me" line and shrieking voice garners some of the loudest jeers of any evening.
Suddenly switching Vickie would result in the same problems the company is currently experiencing with The Miz and Alberto Del Rio. After being heels for so long, they were quickly turned babyface and the fans have yet to really accept them in their new roles.
I do believe Vickie could succeed as a babyface. As hated as her character currently is, the fans respect Vickie, the person, for her loyalty and dedication to the company. If the company took enough time to tell a story, to give fans a reason they should cheer her, I have little doubt it would work.
But if she is suddenly expected be accepted as a heroine, a babyface performer simply for the sake of being a babyface, the turn would be a tremendous and brutal failure.