Most professional wrestling matches will have a good guy and a bad guy. The good guys are called faces and the bad guys are called heels. The job of a face is to get you to root for them through any means necessary, usually hamming it up to the fans and remaining moral.
The opposite can be said about the heel as their goal is to get you to boo them. However, many times the heel wrestlers are cooler than the good guys because they are better characters and far more entertaining. In my time as a wrestling fan I have found myself rooting for the heels more than the faces with the exception of three wrestlers who have spent a long time playing the villain.
Sometimes known as Diesel, Kevin Nash’s best moments took place when he was a heel. Arguably his peak occurred when he was one of the founding members of NWO in WCW along with Scott Hall aka Razor Ramon. At times entertaining, Nash always came off as too much of a bully and not in an enjoyable way.
As it happened to be, Nash was a bully backstage too. His creative control in WCW largely contributed to the company’s ultimate downfall. Moments like “The Finger Poke of Death” and ending Goldberg’s undefeated streak in a poor way have made me lose all respect for Nash as a character and as a man.
From the current roster, frequent champion Randy Orton has never been heel I could get behind. He may have the look and the pedigree to be everything the WWE wants in a superstar, but Orton comes off completely boring to me.
A large part of my Orton dislike has to do with his poor ability to tell stories in a match. Not necessarily a bad wrestler, Orton’s matches seem to drag at a slow pace. Each of his lengthy heel runs resulting in a feud over the title always felt forced. As much attention as he got during some of the classic feuds he had it was always predictable and as said before, boring.
John Bradshaw Layfield
Unlike the other two mentioned, I have come to like John Bradshaw Layfield, better known to some simply as JBL. At the time he was wrestling though, I hated him because he was so good at being a bad guy.
His gimmick, a man from Texas who happens to be extremely wealthy, is a classic one that can get under anyone’s skin. My dislike for the character also had to do with his look. JBL did not look like a champion. He was old and out of shape. Suspending belief that he could lose to someone younger and better conditioned was impossible. JBL eventually won me over when I realized he was just doing his job very well.