Friday, August 9, 2013

Character Alignments: The Good Guys

It has been a busy week at my "day job," but this Tweet by TH got me thinking about something.
I don't have the aversion he does to the conversation of turning guys heel, but there is an interesting discussion to be had there. While I don't think it will ever happen. Actually I should say, "It won't happen in the forseeable future." I think a John Cena heel turn would be interesting. There are, however, guys who should never turn or never should have turned. Some guys simply work so well as faces/good guys that it is completely counterproductive to try to have them heel it up.

In that regard I started thinking about guys like this:
  •  Goldberg--His turn was an abject failure and him as an unstoppable force for good s
  • Sting--Now he was a heel as a Blade Runner, but once established as a face he needed to stay that way.  His double-turn with Hogan in WCW was a debacle and he just doesn't work as a heel.
  • Kofi Kingston--High energy, likable, a guy you can root for?  Comes across as too nice to be a bad guy
  • The Rock 'N' Roll Express--See above.
  • "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes--Likable, relatable "every man."  Unique charisma that connects with the crowd.  Like Sting he was a heel before his terrible nWo turn, but once he hit it big as a face he never needed to turn.
  • "Nature Boy" Ric Flair in the late-90's/early-00's--The fans want to Wooooooooo! with him not boo against him.
  • Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat--Clean cut, athletic.  A nice guy image that does not really play well as a heel.
  • Rey Mysterio--I dislike Rey, but his connection to the audience is undeniable. 
  • "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan--Again he has that "every man," goofy charisma
There are many, many more, but this list is a pretty good shot at guys who simply work better as faces. Who might you add?

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