I have said in our ‘Top 10 faces of the decade’ article that being a face is more difficult than being a heel. But you see, when you are going through a heel gimmick, you sometimes feel too annoyed while getting constantly booed by the audience. However, you are getting paid to get booed, but still, who wouldn’t like to hear thousands of people praising his name? Being a successful heel is very challenging also. You will see, when big names turn heel, they get more attention and achievements, for example, Booker T. When he was a face, he could become only intercontinental or tag team champion. But as soon as he turned heel, he got the World Heavyweight championship. Even Miz, he was handed the WWE championship which he actually never deserved (sorry if you don’t like it, but this is the way I think), but imagine, if he was face, would he get the championship? Fans love to see heel wrestlers more than the face wrestlers, so being a heel is no joke. The quality a heel wrestler must have is mic skill. His wrestling skill is less important than his mic skill. Another example for you is JBL. He did not have a great wrestling skill, but superb mic skill. A heel wrestler is all about how bad the guy can be. Unless a guy talks well, he can’t get more attention as a heel. Here in this feature, we will discuss about ten of the best heels of the last decade. And one more thing before I start, I shall only name the heel ‘wrestlers’, so don’t except any managerial names here.
10. The Rock : The people’s champion had a very small run as a heel in the last decade but whatever he did in that small amount of time was enough to earn recognition to consider him as one of the best heel of the last decade. The Rock made his return on January 30, 2003 after he lost the WWE championship to Brock Lesnar on SummerSlam 2002. That was the of his heel run. He feuded with Hulk Hogan and faced him on No Way Out on the same year where he defeated the Hulkamania. He faced Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 19 where picked up his only victory over Austin in the WrestleManias he faced him (WrwstleMania 15, 17 and 19). His final feud was with Goldberg. He lost to Goldberg to Backlash which was the very next PPV to WrestleMania 19 and that was the end of his heel run.
9. Ric Flair : The nature boy is definitely more famous as a heel more than a face. His heel run in the last decade started while in teaming with Triple H and a member of his team Evolution. In this three years’ time, he did a superb job as a heel. There is no question with his mic skill. He turned face again when team Evolution was broken. Not only Ric Flair is one of the heels of the decades but of the history of professional wrestling too.
8. Muhammad Hassan : Muhammad Hassan aka Mark Copani was a very talented wrestler but his career was ruined by his controversial gimmick. He was described as a Middle Eastern American wrestler wanting relief from the increased stereotypes created by the 9/11 attacks. His gimmick created a lot of heat among the American Muslims and as a result he was released in September, 2005. He was scheduled to beat Batista for the World Heavyweight championship, but as I told earlier, his controversial ruined his career. He took retirement as he was released by WWE.
7. CM Punk : CM Punk debuted in WWE as a face but he got more recognition and fan support after turning heel. As I told earlier, a wrestler’s worth gets proven easily when he works as a heel. After turning heel, we got to know how good he is on the mic, we were already aware of his tremendous wrestling skill. He worked in several storylines and feuded with many superstars, all of them turned in to be great success. CM Punk has a great future in WWE and would love to see him for long time.
6. Randy Orton : The legend killer came to highlight after he feuded with the Undertaker in 2005. WWE already planned a raise for him since SummerSlam. Though, he turned face to feud with Triple H, he was turned back to heel again when his feud with the Undertaker started. While in Evolution, he had some remarkable feuds with superstars like Mick Foley and Rob Van Dam. After his feud with the Undertaker, he became more famous. He teamed up with Edge in 2006 and together their team was known as the Rated-RKO which was among one of the best tag teams of the decade. He featured In the major championship matches in three WrestleManias and he won the main event of the 25th anniversary of the grandest stage of them all. He did a tremendous job while in his Legacy days too. The Viper Randy Orton is no doubt one of the best wrestlers of the current WWE roster.
5. Kurt Angle : The Olympic gold medalist, The American hero is undoubtedly among one of the best professional wrestlers ever. His tremendous and mic skill and mind blowing professional wrestling ability makes him a complete professional wrestler. He spent more times as a heel than being a face both in WWE and TNA. When he left WWE in 2006, he stated that WWE lost their very top talented.
4. Chris Jericho : Y2J Chris Jericho is another wrestler who is more famous as a heel than as face. His feud with Shawn Michaels in early 2003 was remarkable. He turned face after he lost to Michaels at WrestleMania 19. In 2005, he turned heel again for a short time to feud John Cena and he departed at the end of the feud. The Lion Heart returned to WWE in 2007 and had some great feuds with various wrestlers. His feud with Shawn Michaels in 2008 was chosen as the Feud of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Now a days, he is pretty underrated, and seriously deserves more.
3. JBL : John ‘Bradshaw’ Leyfield might not have a great professional wrestling skill, but his mic skill makes him different from the other superstars of the roster. Not everyone can join the commentary box easily. Even Michael Cole could not get the recognition in his 16 years of career which JBL drew in a small amount of time. He used to wrestle as Bradshaw earlier. But in 2004, he started playing his millionaire gimmick and became WWE champion. He was just superb in his heel gimmick and definitely deserves to be among the top 3 heels of the decade.
2. Edge : the Rated R superstar is considered as the best heel of the decade by many wrestling fans. His superb professional wrestling ability and tremendous mic skill made him a top level heel. Not only he is among one of the best heels of the last decade but also one of the best heels in the history of professional wrestling. A four times WWE champion and a seven times World Heavyweight champion had also been ranked 2 in the PWI 500 in 2007. He was PWI’s most hated wrestler in 2006 which makes the fact pretty clear how good he was in his heel gimmick. Edge aka Adam Copland took retirement from wrestling in 2012 he is missed a lot by the WWE fans.
1. Triple H : And the best of among all the heels of the decade, we pick The cerebral assassin, The King of Kings, The game Triple H. When he started his epic feud with Shawn Michaels in 2002, his heel run started (he was a great heel back in the attitude era too, but we are talking about the last decade). He was awarded the World Heavyweight championship by Eric Bischoff on September 2, 2002 and after that he feuded with many other big names for the championship such as Rob Van Dam, Kane, Scott Steiner, Booker T, Goldberg, Chris Benoit, Randy Orton, Batista and of course the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels. He became the WWE/F champion for eight times and the World Heavyweight champion for thirteen times. Triple H is unquestionably, the best heel of the last decade.