A while back, we published a list of the Top 50 WCW Heels and the inevitable question came about: "Where's your list of the Top 50 WWE Heels?"
Well, we try not to disappoint.... so here you go.
Compiling a list like this tends to beg the question: wasn't pretty much everyone in WWE a heel at one point or another? And weren't all heels eventually cast as babyfaces? Absolutely.... but that's not exactly what we're going for here. While John Cena, Hulk Hogan, Diesel and others had turns on the dark side, no one will likely remember them primarily for those roles.
So what makes a great heel? In many ways, they enhance the product because a victorious hero is only as good as the villians they can play off of. So it's essential that not only is a heel arrogant and rude, but they also personify evil in everything they do.
And sometimes these aren't even wrestlers, per se: we've made commentators, managers and other personalities eligible here. We're going to back to the creation of the WWWF in 1963 all the way up until the New Era of 2016.
In ranking the Top 50 WWE Heels, we looked at the following categories:
Did they commit despicable acts in the ring?
Were they featured in prominent storylines and matches?
Did they have any memorable heel turns?
Did they manage to make WWE's babyfaces better?
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Ready? Here we go!
Between 1981 and 1987, WWE Hall of Famer The Magnificent Muraco was one of the WWF's top heels, dishing out all kinds of dastardy tactics. Feuding with the likes of Superfly Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat and Tito Santana, Muraco once arrogantly ate a submarine sandwich while wrestling a preliminary opponent.
While not currently a heel, Seth Rollins' stock began to rise when he turned on his brethren in The Shield in 2014 to become a corporate sellout. This persona continued to build when Rollins cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase to win the WWE World Championship in the main event of WrestleMania XXXI.