Top-tier faces in WWE, already small in number, could be further depleted with news of not one but two possible face-to-heel turns.
And no, Randy Orton is not among them.
It's very possible that we could see heel turns from both Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan at Payback this Sunday night. If Bryan does indeed turn, it would setup an eventual feud between him and John Cena for the WWE Title.
Bryan already could be facing Cena for the WWE title at this year's SummerSlam. But with the possibility of two faces going after each other for the top title at a major pay-per-view—again—WWE obviously feels that a character turn for one of them is needed.
And it obviously will not be Cena.
Turning Bryan heel during the biggest push of his WWE career would be a big mistake. Right now, WWE already has its fair share of heels waiting in the wings to move up the ladder, so why switch its hottest and currently most popular star to the other side of the fence? Let him continue to build the face momentum he has been getting lately.
Did we not learn anything from the past two WrestleManias about the success of having face characters square off in main events?
In the meantime, babyfaces at the upper levels are not real prevalent. Cena leads a full-time roster that also includes Sheamus, Orton, Kane and Bryan. I don’t count The Undertaker, The Rock or Jericho on that list because they are part-timers.
A Jericho turn makes more sense. He pretty much has accomplished his face agenda by pushing Fandango. He is a proven heat magnet. Plus, he is wading into hostile waters Sunday in the Chicago area when he battles hometown hero CM Punk.
Jericho is a decent face, but he is a much better heel character. And if he turns, then that should be a sign that Punk will return from his self-imposed hiatus and become a face again. The star power Punk carries could offset the loss of two faces to the heel side.
Meanwhile, Randy Orton continues to wait his turn to change. He said in an interview last week that when he makes that long-awaited switch to heel, it will be big.
Given the long time that Orton (not to mention the WWE Universe) has waited for it, it better be gargantuan.
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