The Weekly Top Ten: The Top Ten WWE Heels Of The Past Decade
Because of the sucess of my first slide show, I decided to do a weekly top ten list. With any list questions will form about why a person made the list and why another person did not. If you have any questions or feel I might have left some one out let me know in the comment section.
This week will feature the top heels of the past decade. There are a lot of things taken into account when trying to become a great heel. Things like crowd control and good mic skills are an important part in drawing the crowd's envy. These individuals have all the qualities and took decent feuds and made them memorable.
10. Vickie Guerrero
I know what you are thinking. You hate her and feel she is an embarrassment to the Guerrero name.
But tell me something, what WWE diva gets more reaction from a crowd than Vickie Guerrero? The answer is none.
Starting in the later part of the decade, Vickie Guerrero teamed up with Edge and drew the Smackdown fans nuts with her now-infamous phrase "excuse me, I said excuse me" followed by usually bad news for the person facing off against Edge.
The moment that set her over the top as a heel was the tombstone she received from the Undertaker, resulting in a standing ovation by the fans happy to see her demise.
9. Chris Jericho
Jericho has a long history of being a champion. He has had runs with ECW and WCW before joining the WWE.
The major launch in his WWE career began during The Invasion Angle in 2001. He was the only superstar allied with WWF viewed as a heel.
This helped shape his character and started a feud with The Rock almost costing WWE the match at Survivor Series. This move made Jericho the top heel while every one else was face.
His wins over The Rock and Stone Cold at Vengenace unified the inactive WCW title and WWF World title beginning the rise of Jericho and mic skills only matched by The Rock himself.
8. Randy Orton
Starting out as a member of Evolution Randy Orton made his mark as the Legend Killer.
Earning the ire of the fans, Orton went on to disrespect and beat some all-time greats including the likes of Harley Race and Shawn Michaels. He formed another tag team with Edge and took out Ric Flair and Triple H.
After that he formed his own stable, Legacy which saw him attack the whole McMahon family. Which included punting Vince and Shane McMahon. No one in the 2000s was a heel longer than Randy Orton. This lead to him being cheered despite WWE efforts.
7. Eric Bischoff
Know as one of the best GMs in Raw history he feuded with and harassed everyone under sun, from Trish Stratus and Jim Ross to Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In the height of the feud, Austin hit the Stone Cold Stunner repeatedly leading to a win over Bischoff at No Way Out 2003.
During the last moments with his feud with Austin we saw the two create teams at Survivor Series to face off against each other. The match resulted in Austin losing and being forced to retire.
This moment help place Bischoff as one of the top heels in the company and help the WWE fans see why he was such a force in WCW.
He also was the founder of Elimination Chamber and came up with many creative concepts. During his reign we saw Bischoff pissed off a number a people, even throwing The Rock out of the building.
6. Paul Heyman
Another star and genius who came to mainstream and casual fans due to the Invasion angle. Being paired up with Jim Ross, the two displayed great chemistry and saved the Invasion angle from completing going up in smoke.
His greatest performance was his semi-shoot monologue before the Survivor Series 5-on-5 tag team match where he blasted Vince McMahon for his business decsions and schemes.
After the Alliance, lost he was fired by Vince McMahon and pursued to attack Jim Ross before being carried out by security.
You can see the shoot interview here:
He started out as part of one of the best Tag Teams in the past Decade, Edge and Christian, and evolved into a one of the most dominant characters of the decade.
Whether he was in an Elvis suit or mocking Too Cool while doing the five second poses; Edge perfected the act of driving the fans crazy.
In 2005 his feud with Matt Hardy help put him over as a dominant heel on Raw. Using the MITB briefcase, he cashed in on both the Undertaker and John Cena, causing him to be hated by some and deeply loved by others.
4. Kurt Angle
A wrestling legend in his own right he was portrayed as an arrogant character leading him to become a top heel very quickly in his WWE run as the Eurocontinental Champion.
He was part of the love triangle with Triple H and Stephanie leading to a rather chaotic match featuring Angle, HHH, and The Rock.
His heel status was cemented in stone when the "you suck" chants begin to start with fans following a feud with Edge which resulted in Kurt Angle hair being shaved.
His latest work in TNA as the leader of the Main Event Mafia proved Angle is
a force whatever he goes.
3. Bradshaw (JBL)
One of the most diverse and underrated talents of all-time. He can play the role of a badass or the rich heel and still get over with the crowd while doing it.
He made the list because of his contributions as a heel on Smackdown during 2004-2006, where his mic skills were unmatched at the time.
He also got great crowd reaction as a heel despite having Orlando Jordan and the Basham Brothers as his 'backup," who lacked the skills needed to hang with JBL.
During the height of the run JBL became the longest reigning WWE champion in 10 years carrying the show and helping put over John Cena, Bobby Lashley, and Rey Mysterio at the same time as World title contenders. Oh yeah, JBL also happens to also be "A Wrestling GOD."
2. Vince McMahon
Just look at the picture. Do I need to say anything? No man has garnered more heat and criticism in the sport than Vince McMahon.
The purchase of WCW and ECW drew the wrestling fans wild causing the Internet wrestling community and fans of the other companies to grumble with anger and disbelief.
And let's just say it: when Vince McMahon comes to the ring boos usually follow.
HHH started the year 2000 by naming himself "The Game" and then delivered on the name by beating the Big Show to earn his third world title, and went on to retire Mick Foley in Hell In A Cell.
HHH then went on to create the McMahon Helmsley Era, better known as an extension to The Corporation, which saw heel dominance never before seen in the WWE.
He put on classic matchups with the likes of The Rock, Undertaker, Kane, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, and Stone Cold.
Triple H then formed The Power Trip with Austin causing him to venture into the Tag Team division which saw him compete with The Hardys, The Brothers of Destruction, and Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.
Not to mention the creation of Evolution which gave birth to future heel Randy Orton.
Whether you love him or hate him no one one has played such a major factor in the WWE as a heel doing this time period more than HHH.
If that does not win you over just listen to the heel theme of the decade Triple H: "My Time."
Just Missed The Cut
Steven Richards-Right To Censor(RTC)
Stone Cold (2001)
Ric Flair (Evolution)
The Rock (2003)
Heels On The Rise
- The Miz - Drew McIntyre
- CM Punk - Batista
- Zack Ryder