Has the WWE lost its ability to make a good heel?
by, 09-20-2011 at 03:31 AM (6228 Views)
Hey guys hope all is well, Knox here once again. This week I'm blogging on the WWE's lack to create a good heel. I'm going to take you through the past and explore some of the great heels in the 80's, 90's and early 2000's when heels were dominating. Now a days, most of the top WWE heels are booked to be crybabies and cheat to win.
Greatest Heels of the 80's
Ted Dibiase, Roddy Piper, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, and the The Honky Tonk Man.
Those heels listed above were the dominating heels of the 80s. These guys were super over in a PG era and dominated. The best thing about that list is that none of them ever won the WWF title. They didn't need the big one to solidify their greatness. They were super over and the reason was because of their strong gimmicks. They were gimmick wrestlers and thats what the 80s were all about. Larger than life characters/personalities in the ring because these are the times in which wrestling was modernized and people like Hogan were household names. This is when heels were great.
Check out Ted Dibiase Sr. kicking everyone out a public pool in classic heel fashion.
The Greatest Heels of the 90's
Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The Rock, Jeff Jarrett, Dude Love, Kane
Now this list is a bit small I must admit but let me tell you makes this group of heels great. These heels were great because they had the freedom to cut amazing promos with no punches being pulled.
The late 90's is when the Attitude Era began and people like Shawn Michaels took advantage of that freedom when it came to promos. They said what they want, so promos is what made the heel dominant in this era.
Check out the Uncensensored DX Speech. This shows the freedom they had.
The problem today with heels
Today, heels are being booked as crybabies that cheat their way out of every little match. The heel character today is equivalent to a heel manager in the late 80's. They make top heels like Christian look as weak as Bobby Heenan looked in the 80's. It absolutely sucks.
The WWE also pushes top heels much too quick. For example, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Alberto Del Rio, and Sheamus. This is a huge mistake. Every heel they see a future in doesn't need to be tossed in the mainevent picture in the first month of their career just to be jobbed out to Cena or Orton and forgotten about, which leads me to my next point.
John Cena and Randy Orton. The WWE have made it a point to push Randy Orton and John Cena as the new Rock & Stone Cold. They pushed these guys to the roof as babyfaces to the point in which no heel can get over because they'll eventually be buried by Cena or Orton. They reign supreme in every feud. No matter what they get the last say and end up with the WWE & World Heavyweight Title. Thats the sad truth.
The WWE thinks that if someone like Dolph Ziggler or Christian pins Cena or Orton fair & sqaure that it will take away from their credibility. Do you know the last time Cena lost a normal one on one match without any outside interference or distraction was in 2007 against Shawn Michaels. Can you believe that? A lost for Cena or Orton will not take away form their credibility.
But look up the history. Every heel the WWE have tried to push heavy has been buried by Cena or Orton. Does Wade Barrett or Christian ring a damn bell.
The heels that the WWE absolutely destroyed:
The Miz, Christian, Jack Swagger, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Drew McCintyre and Alberto Del Rio
He was pushed beautifully. He was a premier U.S. champ and well on his way to greatness. He then won MITB, cashed in successfully on Orton and the burying began.
He did not have one single title defense with no outside interference from Alex Riley. To top that off, Jerry Lawler pinned him twice as the WWE champ. Then, he finally lost the belt in what I call a handicap match at Over The Limit. Within 30 seconds Cena put Riley through a table and made the Miz quit to his submission hold.
To make matters worst, they turn Rilet face. Then they let him pin the Miz twice as well and lets not forget that Roddy Piper pinned him shortly after.
My question is, why the hell would they let the Miz mainevent Wrestlemania just to sink him this low? Not only that, but he beat they're golden boy Cena at Mania as well. This just makes no sense that they'd sink him like this.
This guy is one of the most respected guys in WWE history. 17 years he's been on the scene. His boy Edge just retired and Christian made his way to the top. Why couldn't they let him have a decent run as a good guy seeing as he's up there in age?
Noooo, they had to have him lose the belt the following Smackdown. Lose in 3 consecutive rematches, and then turn heel in the process. They turned him into the biggest crybaby/loser I've ever seen. Then to make matters worst, they let Edge return just to bury his bestfriend on the mic making him look even more pathetic than before. And when he wins the belt back, it was by DQ. Just to have Orton bury him on the very next PPV. I feel sorry for Christian.
He was leading a very good stable in the Nexus. It was something different that we all enjoyed. Somehow the WWE ruined this by feeding this well booked group to John Cena & Randy Orton. These two made that stable look like a joke. The WWE had a big opportunity and blew it.
In the process, they take Wade out the group. Then eventually have him doing meaningless work on Smackdown. A guys who had a bright future but was pushed well too fast.
He had a hot heel turn. He was well on his way. He was thrown into a golden feud with Cena. This feud was awesome but how did it end? Truth lost from a soda to the face and was buried by Cena.
For once, they had a good heel and what did they do? They gave him the retarded slave gimmick. "I'm a good R-Truth that loves to talk to himself". They blew this one.
I don't know who this amazing athlete and great heel pissed off but he was solid. He actually won his matches fair & square for the most part. He was given the freakin' "Chose One" gimmick by Mr. McMahon only to be jobbed out. I don't know if it was because of the situation with his wife or what.
McCintyre absolutely dominated in feuds with Matt Hardy, John Morrison and R-Truth. He was on his way and seemed as if he could be the next Randy Orton. He was a guy that Shawn Michaels was very high on and you would think they'd listen to this guy but hey, its the WWE.
Alberto Del Rio:
This guy here. I call him the direct replacement of Drew McCintyre. It seems like as soon as they were threw with Drew (no pun intended), they brought in Alberto Del Rio. I hate this guy's promo game but he still is a hell of an athlete.
He sored to new heights in record time and had an amazing on and off feud with Rey Mysterio and went on to feud with many others. He's a modern day wrestling version of Oscar Dela Hoya.
But then came the feud with John Cena. He was an unstoppable force but was then quickly dethroned as champ by John Cena. His run only lasted a month and some change. Which further proves my point that every top heel will officially job to John Cena or Randy Orton.
The best heels today - Mark Henry & Cody Rhodes
The WWE has done an amazing job with Cody Rhodes because he wins his matches fair & square about 90% of the time. He beat Rey Mysterio fair & square at Wrestlemania 27. But thats the reason he gets no reaction. He gets no reaction because the WWE crowds aren't used to seeing a heel win his matches fair & square. Usually, you draw huge heat if you cheat and win but if you do it fairly, the crowd sits in a quiet shock.
The WWE have brainwashed their audience when it comes to reaction for the heels because people like the Miz gets the hugest heel heat and reaction because of his dirty tactics to win. The solution is to keep pushing heels the way you push Cody Rhodes and show the WWE Universe that the bad guy can win from time to time when he works hard (no matter how bad that sounds).
The WWE did the unthinkable with him. They took the career of a 15 year jobber for the most part and made a huge beast out of him. This is something they wanted to do with the Big Show in 2009 but it didn't work.
Mark Henry in the mainevent scene is a breath of fresh air. He truly is a believable dominant force and I'm still in shock at the 7 minute squash match he delievered to Orton at Night of Champions to win his first World Championship.
Unfortunately, the HIAC PPV is right around the corner. I'm almost certain Orton will bury another top heel and add on to his list.
Its not a super difficult thing to do. Push these heels as professional wrestlers and not professional crybabies. Add that unpredictablility factor to the WWE again and let Dolph Ziggler pin Orton. The Attitude Era was so special because a guy like Stone Cold would lose to a heel Chris Jericho any given night just to make it that much shocking which is what we need today.
Thank you guys for reading this. I know I'm not alone with how I feel about the WWE heels. Please leave your feedback and let me know what you all think. Thanks and be safe.
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