Heel turns are usually the most spectacular and the most appreciated by the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC). And, as we can see on Bleacher Report, the moves to the dark side are often the talk of the day.
With R-Truth as the most recent example, it generated a buzz about who should turn heel next. Apparently, the next in line are Christian and Khali but there are many others the fans would like to see turning heel.
That being said, it seems the spotlight is only placed on the heel turns, especially in the IWC where it gets the more attention. In fact, I would dare to say that the members of the IWC are mostly heel lovers.
Sometimes, in a wrestler's career, a face/heel turnover can be a very good thing. Such a change might give a breath of new life to a stalling career. Usually, the best moves are those turning a face into a heel character, while the contrary is often less successful.
I wouldn't say being a heel is easy, but the recipe to be a great one is not unknown. An effective heel must generate actual heat by getting under the skin of the fans and there are many ways to do so.
However, the recipe to be a great babyface is not simple. The basic ingredient is a huge dose of charisma to connect well with the live audiences and the viewers at home. An entertaining face will also have to add other ingredients to the mix such as good mic skills and/or amazing in-ring abilities.
Finally, to spice up things, originality and the capacity to renew a character are also a must to avoid becoming tasteless.
Alex Riley is the last one to have made the move from a villain to a babyface when he turned on The Miz, his evil mentor. Will it be a success? Only time will tell, but he already proved, on NXT, he could handle the mic with ease and, when he attacked Miz, the crowd was behind him big time.
I have studied the WWE roster and I must say that not many current heels could turn their coat successfully. In fact, only one or two could make it in a near future and the others would be a long shot.