Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Who Can Be The Next Top Babyface

John Cena
My brother brought up a good point, about Cena becoming a heel on his last blog post, John Cena on Piper's Pit. His character or/and Gimmick needs a huge revamp, who knows maybe he needs to take some time off, like Hogan use too, back in the 80’s. It is a natural evolution, for most babyface gimmicks to turn heel, in order to elevate their character to an Icon status. There are many examples of this, such as Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, and Triple H. They are now the biggest Iconic figures in the wrestling business. I feel that their turn to heel’s elevated them to this status. Let me give you a sort of career time frame break down, on one of these superstars, I am going to pick The Rock. When he first burst on to the scene he was a crowd favorite, that soon changed and he became hated by everyone that used to cheer for him. The WWE realized that they can no longer cover up the fans boo’s so they took the next logical step, which was turning him heel. Then crowd loved him as they shouted with glee, “If you smell what The Rock is cooking”, he won the fans over and now he can leave the business for years, but we still chant his name Rocky, Rocky, Rocky.

CM Punk & Daniel Bryan
I believe one of the main reasons the WWE has not turn Cena heel is because there isn't a babyface character that can take his place, yea we have Randy Orton, Sheamus, and CM Punk. We also have young guys like Zack Ryder and Daniel Bryan, but I don't think they are ready for this spot. Randy Orton's character is not a "White meat baby face" he is more of a wild card that may turn on any given time. CM Punk is also a sort of anti-hero/wild card character. Fans love to cheer him for all the rude comments and his anti-corporate ways. Sheamus is a fairly new wrestler and I don't feel he is ready to take that spot that Cena holds. Daniel Bryan is a huge star in the independent circuit, and is struggling to make an impact on SmackDown. Bryan won the world title on TLC, but I am certain his title reign will be short lived. I believe Bryan is a wrestling star and can out wrestle anyone in that locker room, but a Superstar he is not. Zack Ryder has a “colt following” because of his internet shows, but I was watching last week’s edition of Raw and not many fans chant his name. This proves that he has a long way to go! On the other hand he is the new United States Champion and will get more TV time, so who knows what the future will hold for the WOO WOO WOO Kid!

The Miz
I have come to a theory, which is, all heels make a great babyface. With that being said, I am going out on a limb here to say that many of you fans may protest to this statement, but my money would be on “The most must see WWE Superstar” The Miz. In my opinion, this guy is a combination of “The Hot Rod” Roddy Piper and The Rock. Piper was an average size man that had great mic skills, and always made his opponents look great in & out of the ring. Piper also had the ability to sell ticket, all the fans wanted to pay to his opponents kick his ass. The Miz is the exactly the same as Piper, with the only difference he has capture the WWE title. The Rock is an Iconic wrestling figure that always as the fans in the tip of his fingers, he can make them cheer or boo him. The Rock has captured many titles, but has also captured the respect of “the millions, & millions of The Rock fans”. The Rock made the cross to Movies and has become an accomplish actor. The Miz has made the cross to wrestling and has made it to the highest peak of the mountain. The Miz has the ability to crossover to main stream media and that is a huge advantage he has over many other WWE superstars. The fans love to hate him and in my opinion, if the WWE puts him in the ring with another heel the fans will cheer him on to victory. I truly believe that The Miz will become a huge mega babyface that can eventually take John Cena’s spot.

–Harrington Bayas


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