having read a few of the recent threads on babyfaces and heels, I began to ponder: what makes the archetypal babyface?
is it simply being the good guy?
do you have to be a crowd pleaser?
are there some face turns that never worked?
who was the best babyface character?
can you remain a babyface for your entire career?
in the 80s Hogan was obviously the babyface of the WWE and wrestling as a whole. He was cheered no matter where he went, with his in ring persona and attitude all planned out to make him the good guy. of course he was heavily pushed by vince mcmahon, having originally been a heel.
then there was the american dream dusty rhodes, a man who i believe was a face his entire career, and an over one. is he the best ever face/ most over face?
warrior was huge for a few years and he would probably have been the guy for ten years had he not been a tool.
in the attitude era the face heel line was blurred, with the anti hero austin an over heel and face.
triple h never worked well as a face in my opinion, but yet he is very over.
we all know how cena is reacted to, but thats because he is hogan all over again in an era where that wont work....
orton is hugely over as a face, yet his persona is more tweener...
i guess its down to the era that the face operates in, but i do believe that some would have transcended eras...
for me it was hogan and dusty, later the warrior