At WWE Payback, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler began a change in their characters that may or may not have been fully finalized yet.
Punk’s uneasy relationship with Paul Heyman may confuse the average WWE fan. He asked Heyman to stop managing him, Heyman’s other client Brock Lesnar attacked Punk and then he hugged Heyman on Raw.
When Punk face off against Darren Young, it was obvious that WWE is booking Punk as a babyface. Young is a clear heel in the company and this was nothing more than a squash match. It was the first time Punk was in a match with someone so low on the card since Brodus Clay.
With Heyman trying to convince Punk to play his game and get along with Curtis Axel, it seems to me that Heyman will turn on Punk. This would certainly complete any sort of face turn for Punk if you don’t already consider him a full fledged face.
Ziggler was involved in a double turn at Payback, which involved new World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. Reminiscent of WrestleMania 13’s Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart match, Ziggler turned face and Del Rio turned heel. The Mexican Aristocrat attacked Ziggler and focused on his head when he knew Ziggler was just returning from a concussion. While Del Rio came out the next night on Raw and solidified his heel status, Ziggler has been giving fans mixed messages.
Ziggler has been seen attacking Del Rio on almost every WWE TV show, which would suggest that he has turned face. However, as Del Rio has been facing off against Chris Jericho, Ziggler has also been attacking Jericho.
Jericho has been a fan favorite since returning at the Royal Rumble where he drew No. 2 to Ziggler’s No. 1.
Ziggler needs to deliver a promo to solidify himself as a true fan favorite so for right now, I have to consider him a tweener.
One must also question the status of AJ Lee and Big E Langston. Ziggler’s bodyguard and girlfriend are clearly heels. On Raw, AJ and Langston openly made fun of Kaitlyn for their secret admirer joke.
Can Ziggler switch to the good side while his girlfriend and bodyguard remain on the dark side?
There may be many fans that consider Punk to be a tweener as well. When he delivered his famous pipebomb in June 2011, Punk was instantly a tweener. He was a heel against the top face in the company, John Cena, but was getting a huge positive reaction from the crowd.
His stance against WWE and Mr. McMahon reminded me of Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Texas Rattlesnake was the top babyface, but his character was aggressive and not the traditional Cena-Hulk Hogan type of superhero-like babyface.
With all this said, both Superstars have a little more work to do before I can be 100 percent sure of each character’s status.
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