Quick, who is the first person that comes to mind when you say, "WWE heel?"
For most of us, it is either Michael Cole, Vicki Guerrero or maybe even John Cena.
And that is a damn shame.
Yes, The Miz, CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, etc. are all top heels, but they all are cheered by the crowd in some form or fashion. Whether it is because they are witty and charismatic or because the fans respect their ability, these guys do not draw the type of heat that the heels of the past did.
I'm talking about the type of heel that makes you hate them, makes you want to see them get their ass beat, makes you feel like they betrayed you by turning heel, makes you want to boo them off the stage.
Which leads me to thinking, "What happened to all of the top heels?"
Honestly, for the answer, I think you need to turn to the top faces.
For the most part, people hate John Cena, Rey Mysterio and even Randy Orton and Edge because they have all been at the top for so long. These wrestlers have been slammed down our throats to the point that we want to see someone new win.
Being in the crowd at WrestleMania on Sunday and hearing the crowd on Monday at Raw , it is apparent that people are sick of all of the main event faces of WWE. That's why you hear CM Punk's name being chanted or why people are happy that Cody Rhodes put on a great match at WrestleMania.
People are tired of being force-fed the same BS.
I believe WWE realizes this, which is why they had The Miz come out and interrupt Stone Cold's "Tough Enough" segment. What better way to reestablish heat on your WWE champion than by having him confront the toughest SOB in WWE history.
Well, that didn't necessarily work, either. The Miz's snarky comments about the "Tough Enough" challengers got a ton of laughs from the crowd, and many people applauded him for his efforts at WrestleMania.
It was unbelievable to see how behind The Miz the crowd was at WrestleMania (including myself). Maybe it is because we all can relate to the struggle he went through to get to the top, combined with the fact that we are all sick of Cena. But the fact of the matter is that people wanted to see this man win, which is something that the crowd should not want of its top heel.
One last thing: I'm tired of all of the respect that the wrestlers are giving each other. Yes, that is a noble thing to do, but John Cena should not be thanking The Miz and Triple H should not be thanking the Undertaker. We all realize that you guys respect each other because the matches spoke for themselves.
Maybe we live in a more pessimistic world now than 10 years ago, or maybe the transparency of WWE via the Internet has shown us the real lives of these wrestlers, which makes them more likable, but the fact of the matter is that WWE needs a monster heel right now.
And not one named Cole or Guerrero.
I'm talking about Chris Jericho.
The Miz developed part of his persona from Jericho; the "I'm better than you" type of heel. But Jericho took it to another level.
Look at his match versus Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIX. They had one of the greatest matches in history; definitely better than Cena-Miz and close to Undertaker-Triple H.
He thanked HBK after the match and then give him a stiff kick to the groin to go with it. That's what a heel does. And that's why we need him back.
Feel free to comment below about what you think WWE should do to bring back the monster heels of the past.
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