WrestleMania 30: Most Likely Heel and Face Turns at Event
With WrestleMania 30 a little more than a week away, the pro wrestling world is abuzz with all kinds of expectations for the biggest event of its yearly calendar.
And on top of the results for all of the planned contests, there is always a lot of speculation about where many Superstars' allegiances will be at the conclusion of the night.
Will friendships still be intact? Will former enemies become allies?
Will even the most revered heroes become hated villains?
Nothing is certain until the dust settles that night. But there have been a lot of signs pointing toward some major attitude changes for some WWE Superstars.
And on top of that, Superstars with no story buzz whatsoever could end the night on a different side of the fence.
When was the last time the Miz wrestled in a meaningful match?
It has been quite a long time since the former World Champion was even remotely relevant as an in-ring competitor, as his current role seems to be one of an occasional segment host—and not even a great one at that.
As a character, he has always portrayed the same cocky and condescending person to varying degrees according to his allegiances as a face or a heel. A frustrated Miz could be a major player in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
And in recent weeks, he certainly has been making quite a bit of noise about his participation in the match itself, so why not make an impact in a huge way by cementing himself as a heel once again, perhaps doing a lot of damage to all of the good guys of WWE?
Like the Miz, Ziggler had been relegated to an almost nonexistent role until fairly recently.
And also like his fellow competitor, Ziggler is a former World Champion.
Both have also had considerable success as villains, a role that seems to suit them better than their current status as a kind of in-between characters.
And with that in mind, could there be a possible union of the two in the works?
With an increased focus on the tag team division, it stands to reason that more teams would make things more interesting.
And a bitter and jealous duo of former champions could be an intriguing addition to the mix.
There is always some type of controversy within the world of the E! reality series Total Divas, and placing a storyline heel turn into the works would do wonders for this up-and-coming Diva.
Portrayed as somewhat scheming and petty, Cameron is the perfect candidate to screw over her friends, specifically her Funkadactyls teammate Naomi.
And the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational looming on the horizon sets up a perfect opportunity for a major heel turn.
Frankly, no one would expect the onscreen duo to have real issues, so having one turn on the other is perfect fodder for a great storyline heading into the middle of the spring.
Naomi, having earned sympathy from fans from her still-healing eye injury, cannot possibly make the turn toward being a villain.
But Cameron, for all of her shady ways on reality television, could easily make the change, and it could end up being a defining moment in her still-developing career.
Roman Reigns will soon be one of the top face performers in the company; there is little doubt of that.
As the strongest member of The Shield, and arguably the most physically gifted, he has gained a fantastic fan following and looks to be almost completely unstoppable.
Sure, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are much more skilled in terms of their in-ring abilities, but Reigns carries an unspoken intangible quality that fans go crazy for.
He has the “it” factor.
And it is only a matter of time before he is feuding with top-level heels like Randy Orton. But in order for that to happen, he needs to break away from his current partners.
And there is no better place to make a major statement than WrestleMania, as all eyes will be watching the pro wrestling world if only for one night.
And many of those eyes would love to see Reigns break out of the constraints of being the monster of one of the most dominant factions in wrestling and become his own man—one with unlimited potential.
A face turn for Cesaro can hardly be called shocking, but it is high time that the Swiss Superstar finally has his moment in the sun.
For far too long, he has played second fiddle to a less charismatic and highly unpopular Jack Swagger, and he is in desperate need of breaking away.
The company had been teasing their split for weeks, with the duo getting in each other's faces on a weekly basis, but in recent memory, the two seemed to have smoothed over their differences and are gearing up for a shot at the tag team titles at WrestleMania 30.
If Cesaro could simply walk out on Swagger, he would automatically cement his status as a fan favorite.
On the other side of the coin, Swagger walking out on his partner might actually do more, as it gives the now-spurned Cesaro a surefire feud with an established Superstar to begin his long-overdue run as a top-level face performer.
And in response, the WWE Universe can now cheer the master of the Giant Swing without feeling conflicted about rooting for a bad guy.