For most of the WWE superstars on this list, they have been, at one time or another, a heel in their career and have enjoyed huge success while being the villain. But for one reason or another, they have been turned into a good guy now and have lost most of what made them unique. Therefore, they have suffered the consequences, whether it be lost in the shuffle, getting demoted into worthless skits and feuds, or the crowd not taking an interest. For them to resurrect their careers, there only option is to turn into a heel once again, so they don’t become stale and boring to the fans.
Some superstars that barely missed getting on the list were: Randy Orton (the reason why Orton didn’t make my list, is that he is thriving at being a tweener and isn’t in need yet of turning back to heel), Matt Hardy (is still getting good reaction from the crowd, but is getting stale and is stuck at the midcard level), and The Big Show (is over much better with the crowd than used to be the case and is still competing in the upper midcard level).
Without further ado, here are the ten WWE Superstars that are in dire need of a heel turn to either save or resurrect their careers:
#10: Vladimir Kozlov: First person on our list is “The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov. Kozlov made several appearances for the WWE in late 2006, being interviewed from the first row of the crowd, usually after matches, hyping his debut. It wouldn’t be until April 2008 that Kozlov would make his official debut on the SmackDown brand. Over the next few weeks, Kozlov would defeat jobbers in squash matches that wouldn’t last longer than a few matches, solidifying his heel persona. Kozlov volted in the rankings, getting a title match against then WWE Champion Triple H at that year’s Survivor Series main event. But times change, and currently Kozlov is in a comedy tag team with Santino. A heel turn is just what Kozlov needs to turn into “The Moscow Mauler” he once was.
#9: The Great Khali: The number nine WWE superstar in need of a heel turn is “The Punjabi Playboy” The Great Khali. When Khali first debuted in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2006, he was put right away in a high-profile feud with The Undertaker, and actually beat Taker a few times as a heel. Later, he moved to Raw and feuded with the WWE Champion John Cena, but his greatest moment as a heel came when he returned to SmackDown and won a twenty man over-the-top rope battle royal to win the vacant World Heavyweight Championship, a title he held for two months. But currently Khali is a face and hasn’t been a threat in a number of years. Everytime we see Khali these days, he is either being taken out or losing a match. Even though Khali is getting older and is a year or two away from retirement, a heel turn is what he needs to save his career from where it’s going.
#8: R-Truth: The number eight superstar on the list is Ron “The Truth” Killings, better known as R-Truth. Killings has had success in both the WWE and TNA, and has been a face for almost his entire career. After Killings left TNA to come back to the WWE in 2008, he debuted the R-Truth ring name and has been a face character ever since. While R-Truth is over with the WWE Universe, because of his sing-a-long theme song, he hasn’t had much success getting out of mid-card status in his career. He isn’t generally liked backstage by the other wrestlers and he is called a one-hit wonder. Barring a United States Championship run that lasted less than a month, R-Truth has not accomplished much in the WWE and has been used for comedy skits more than anything. If R-Truth was to turn heel, maybe he would start to be taken more seriously.
#7: Triple H: The number seven WWE superstar that is in need of a heel turn is “The Game” Triple H. At the moment, Triple H is out of action, and is recovering from multiple injuries but is expected to return to action in the coming months. While Triple H is a great face, and has the support and respect of all the WWE fans, he is an even better heel. He is arguably one of the greatest heels of all time, having one of the greatest heel runs earlier last decade, and was part of one of the greatest heel stables of all time, Evolution, a stable that he built and was the leader of. Before Triple H got injured, he was part of D-Generation-X and after that, feuded with Sheamus. HHH hasn’t been a heel since Evolution officially ended in 2005, and hasn’t won a world title in nearly two years, one of his longest droughts without the world championship.
#6: John Morrison: The number six WWE superstar in need of turning heel is “The Shaman of Sexy” John Morrison. Morrison is currently on the Raw brand, and like other wrestlers in his position, is lost in the shuffle. There are weeks that Morrison is getting wins over superstars and it looks like he is getting ready for a big push, and the next weeks, he either loses a match and loses all his momentum or isn’t on television at all. This has been going on for a while now, ever since him and The Miz broke up as a tag team and you could see how both their careers have gone. Morrison is still in the mid-card status, while The Miz is the United States Champion and the holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase. A heel turn might be what Morrison needs to break into the next level.
#5: Chris Masters: The number five WWE superstar that needs a heel turn is “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters. There was a time in Masters’ career when it looked like he would be a future main eventer in this company because of his heel persona. But before that happened, he was released by the WWE in 2007 because of a second wellness policy violation. Masters would return two years later in 2009, but has been unable to make a statement so far in the WWE. Since Masters returned, he has turned face and has been used more in comedy skits with the guest hosts of Raw, than in actual matches. Masters is more of a jobber these days, losing to the likes of Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, and others in the past few months. Masters is still young and a heel turn might be what he needs to turn his career around.
#4: Mark Henry: The number four WWE superstar in need of a heel turn is “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry. For almost all of Henry’s career, he was a heel character, and had much success winning the European and ECW Championship along the way. But Henry turned face after being drafted to Monday Night Raw in 2009 and beating Randy Orton in a gauntlet match as the third and final opponent. Since that night, it looks like Henry’s career is not going anywhere. After being drafted on Raw, Henry teamed up with MVP and become contenders to the tag team championships against then champions Chris Jericho and The Big Show. The team was unsuccessful and eventually broke up, leaving Henry alone. Henry is not the once dominating World’s Strongest Man that he once was and that is mainly because of his character.
#3: Christian: The number three WWE superstar on the list is “Captain Charisma” Christian. One of the most under-rated wrestlers in wrestling today, Christian went his whole first WWE career, as a heel. During that time, he teamed up with Edge, winning nine world tag team championships, before betraying him two years later, and breaking out himself as a singles competitor. Christian went on to taste the main event waters in 2005, facing off against John Cena and Chris Jericho in the main event of Vengeance for the WWE Championship. That would be the only time he would get a shot at the world title, as he would be lost in the shuffle for the months to come before letting his contract expire, going to TNA. While in TNA, Christian proved that he could be a great face, as well as a great heel. Christian made his return to the WWE in 2009, and has since been a face. He has won two ECW championships, but has not been used that much once being drafted on SmackDown.
#2: MVP: The number two WWE superstar who needs to turn heel is Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP. Talk about a guy who is a much better heel character than a face character. MVP made his debut on SmackDown in 2006, as the most coveted free agent in wrestling history. MVP’s heel character was very arrogant and cocky, and did only what was best for him. MVP was given a huge push in the beginning of his WWE career, having his first feud with “The Big Red Machine” Kane. MVP won his first championship in the WWE, a year later, beating Chris Benoit to win the United States Championship, and later that month, added the Tag Team Championships, making him a double champion. But ever since turning face in 2009, MVP only has had a few meaningful feuds, the most recent one against The Miz earlier this year and currently has no direction in his character.
#1: John Cena: The number one WWE star who is in need of a heel turn is … John Cena. While Cena might be the top superstar in the company, he has become stale with the same gimmick that he has had for the past five years. Cena made his WWE debut in 2002, and adopted a rapping gimmick that got the fans against him, solidifying his heel character. Cena might have been seen as a poser or Vanilla Ice rip-off by most fans but the gimmick stuck, and lasted for over two years. Cena’s rapping gimmick would see him perform freestyle raps on his opponents, and that was the most entertaining Cena has ever been. But in recent years, Cena has become extremely stale and boring, with most wrestling fans being sick of him. The time to turn Cena heel is now.