Around Wrestlemania I talked about a possible heel turn with Shane O Mac and Daniel Bryan and a Kevin Owens face turn. It took several months for that possibility to be realized but right before KO was taken off TV there was a double turn with him and Bobby Lashley, despite the fact just a week before KO did a promo that generated so much heel heat. KO has not been seen since that beating by Lashley, but now Lashley and Lio Rush has been gaining momentum even though Lashley is banged up himself and been limited to short matches and/or tag team action. Despite the heel turn by Lashley there won’t be a major main event push for the time being – as Lashley is susceptible to injuries and a heel is already holding the top belt on Raw.
Daniel Bryan was going to need that heel turn in the worse way, and while his return was nice it was just a matter of time before that turn happened. The only way AJ Styles was losing that WWE Title belt was an experienced heel doing it, and Samoa Joe was not the person that was capable largely due to past history of knee and foot injuries. Samoa Joe also did not play that type of heel character that could pull off the heist and not surprisingly AJ Styles retained at every battle between the two. Recently, The Miz put over Bryan for the number one contender for the WWE Title on Smackdown where the seeds may had been planted at Super Show Down where Bryan used a quick pinfall to surprise the Miz. Whether or not tights were pulled on the Miz, it was a sign of a push and a possible heel turn. The heel turn of the Bella Twins right after SSD was a good likelihood of a heel turn was coming. On the Smackdown before Survivor Series, that turn was cemented and it not only set up a heel vs heel matchup against Brock Lesnar at the PPV, it also set the seeds for a feud with AJ Styles that could last past Royal Rumble.
Survivor Series Update: Bryan put on a rather entertaining match and Lesnar did a good job selling even though it was heel vs heel. The low blow by Bryan got him into the match but Lesnar is just too strong.
Shane O Mac has started a slow heel turn around Crown Jewel by sneaking in the picture and winning the “World Cup” by beating another heel in the final. The promos he cut were consistent of a heel figure of authority. Shane O Mac could use a gimmick change as well, and since the WWE Universe has been backing heels so heavily in the past few months it would not hurt for him to act like an asshole to the crowds. What happens between now and Royal Rumble will define what kind of heel he becomes and a long term possibility could be a feud with him with some experienced veteran. I don’t see Shane O Mac and Daniel Bryan teaming up for the time being as the former needs a good young heel stable to mentor and the latter is an experienced cocky heel that don’t need any help into doing his dirty deeds.
Survivor Series Update: Shane O Mac did not turn but was the last member of his Smackdown team before his elimination. Since Smackdown did not win a match in the entire PPV, Tuesday would be an interesting show.
Now with that said, here are the heel turns that need to happen:
Charlotte – Now that the feud with Becky Lynch (a feud she was a clear loser) is over, now is a good time for The Queen to go heel and it can start by beating up Ronda Rousey and being a sore loser. These two will likely cross paths a lot between Survivor Series and Wrestlemania but now Charlotte must prove she can be the dirtiest girl in the game without her daddy help. The Styling and Profiling heel gimmick that her daddy ran in the early to mid 1980s was one of the best gimmicks – it always got the crowd to pay attention even if there was minimal reaction – and backed up with that cocky persona. That kind of gimmick could work well and with the WWE PG attitude, gimmicks that date from the late 1970s to early 1980s are working really well with heels.
Survivor Series Update: Charlotte pulled it off using a Kendo stick to intentionally get DQ, then went on an all out assault on Ronda. The WWE Universe was enjoying every minute of it. Short term there won’t be a lot of decent feuds on the Smackdown brand with both Becky and Charlotte heel, but due to the fact Charlotte and Ronda will likely cross paths again between now and Wrestlemania it could be where Charlotte moves to the Raw brand and begins a feud.
Bobby Roode – if anyone could pull off a cocky Styling and Profiling gimmick it is Roode, and a heel turn cannot come soon enough. Don’t be surprised if this turn and gimmick puts Roode in the main event picture – as it worked too well in NXT.
Survivor Series Update: no turn but was not involved in the pinfall in the preshow that got his team eliminated. It will be a matter of time before Gable is stabbed in the back.
Bayley – she is the one that needs the turn the worse way on the Raw brand, as her current gimmick is stale, she is way down the pecking order for the Womens Championship on that brand, and is constantly forced to deal with tag team actions. The past week may be finally a start of a trend – and she needs a new gimmick, music, and ring attire as well. A new heel womens stable could be useful but it is going to take multiple heels to take down Ronda Rousey and she would need some heavy hitters.
Survivor Series update: was eliminated but not via a pinfall but rather a countout that also eliminated a Smackdown participant.
Asuka – another one that needs a desperate heel turn as the more experienced wrestlers have brought her back down to earth following her jump into the main brand late last year. She has been doomed by poor promo skills – playing a heel would mask that by allowing her actions do the talking.
Survivor Series update: was eliminated but was the last Smackdown member to be pinned in the match.
The face turns that need to happen
Dolph Ziggler – he plays a great heel, with a good cocky persona and excellent charisma not to mention he is eye candy to most of the female fans. But the problem is that it is time to elevate Drew McIntyre to main event status and sadly Ziggler needs to be stabbed in the back for that to occur. I only expect a brief feud between the two, then McIntyre is off chasing for the Universal Title and Ziggler is putting the mid card over.
Survivor Series update: was one of just two Raw members eliminated in the mens match. Don’t expect a turn before Royal Rumble.
The Bar – their run as heel has run its course but injury histories for both Cesaro and Sheamus prevents them from getting extended run in singles competition. It is time to cement some of the younger tag teams as established heels and the seeds could be planted when they put Authors of Pain over in a clean outcome come Survivor Series.
Survivor Series update: put over AOP as expected in a clean outcome but had a bit of a comedic moment before Sheamus took the pin.