The Confessions of a Wrestling Fan: Who Would You Be, Face or Heel?
Hey, fellow Bleacher Report-ers and commentators!
My first installment of "The Confessions of a Wrestling Fan" asked which of the two superstars you preferred, Edge or Orton.
That was met with a lot of great feedback, so I've written another installment.
In the professional wrestling world, superstars are there to make storylines and entertain the audience. What better way to entertain than to create a character foil to the good guys?
The bad guys—heels—will do anything to garner heat from the crowd: They'll relentlessly torture the classic babyfaces with their violent antics, insulting superstars and crowd alike using physical means or the mic.
The heels are hated by the majority of the crowd and superstars and receive boos whenever they came out.
To be the heel you have to play an antagonistic role. You must be as bad as you can, break rules, insult superstars and the crowd, and be downright opportunistic. You are not bound by anyone—you do what you want.
REMEMBER: You have to be hated and loathed by the crowd, or at least a majority of the crowd, to be effective or else you may be doomed for a...
Babyfaces (mostly known as faces) are relatively good and heroic characters in wrestling. They are the opposite of heels; the majority of the crowd doesn't hate them but rather, loves and appreciates them.
Now, being a face can be complex because of the many different types, such as the anti-heroism brought to us by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
You can be a face that is polite, kind to the audience, and doesn't break the rules. Or, you can be like Ric Flair, Eddie Guerrero, and Randy Orton, all loved by the audience despite showing some heel characteristics.
The overall goal of a face is to be cheered by the crowd. That is the key to your effectiveness.
So, if today you show all smiles and no character, the crowd might turn against you sooner or later. Ask the Rock, he knows.
You can always have some attitude here and there, the audience loves that. If you're the kind of face that carries on a lot in the ring, give away some! Rey Mysterio, John Morrison, and John Cena do it!
Either way, you don't have to suck up to the crowd to be a face. Not everything a face wrestler does must be heroic; they only need to be cheered by the audience to be effective characters.
So IWC, what's your choice? Will you be the lovable face or the love-to-hate heel?
Or do you just do whatever you want? Whatever! Comment!
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