I have been very open on social media platforms about turning a few wrestlers heel. With some of the wrestlers unhappy and other contracts expiring, it will open a door for turns to occur with some occurring as early as Summerslam but the majority happening by Survivor Series.
Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns turn heel by forming a new partnership and screwing Brock Lesnar at Summerslam.
There is no way that booking and creative is going to have Lesnar lose clean to Roman in the Universial Title match at Summerslam. While Lesnar has been unpredictable in recent weeks on Raw, his contract is expiring and he is expected to leave for UFC later this fall. Reigns have not come close to winning clean to Lesnar, and Lesnar was not even involved in the pinfall the last time he lost the title belt in a Triple Threat match a Wrestlemanias ago.
Its likely Lesnar is dropping the belt but I don’t see a Money in the Bank cash in like the last time he did lose it. With Lesnar leaving, there is no reason for Heyman to be a crowd favorite – he needs a new villain to cut promos and Roman Reigns fits that bill. Roman needs a heel turn in the worst way and go back to a 2012 version where he cut promos while wearing suits and fancy clothes, then used his cockiness to shine.
Following the heel turn there is feuds waiting with Bobby Lashley and maybe a returning John Cena but not with the one holding the Money in the Bank suitcase.
The best method of this turn going down is either using dirty tactics all match, or when the ref is distracted Heyman uses a steel chair and Roman cover for the pin. Whether or not the rest of the Shield turns heel with Roman will depend on what happens in the weeks following Summerslam.
Bobby Roode goes back to his Glorious Heel gimmick that made him a legend in NXT
Back in the NXT when Roode turned heel, he started developing the Glorious gimmick that was a throwback to the Ric Flair Styling and Profiling heel runs of the early to mid 1980s and subsequently went on a hot streak to the point by the time he finally dropped the belt he became a crowd favorite and went in to Smackdown. However, the babyface run has not gained the momentum and Roode has not been able to show the ego like he had in NXT. Roode can cut the promos but will he regain the cocky edge that he had in late 2016-early 2017? While there is not a lot of babyface draws on the mid card right now, a good feud with the popular Monster Among Men might get him back on the right track as it will be too tempting to play dirty. A heel stable or a tag team might also be in the cards.
Rusev will turn on Aidan English and become a fan favorite
While Rusev have been on a bit of a hot streak lately in Smackdown, it is due to the lack of contenders and that has watered down the importance of the WWE title for that show in recent weeks. AJ Styles isn’t going to drop that belt anytime soon, Shinsuke is going to become a cocky heel with the US Title, and the Bludegon Brothers are too hot of a heel to lose the tag team titles. What to do with a guy that developed a new gimmick late last year that has suddenly got him over? Give him Lana back and let him get stabbed in the back by English in a promo on Smackdown. While everyone is talking about Rusev being released but right now that is very unlikely with all the injuries in the midcard that have happened on Smackdown, and the recent heel turn of Randy Orton.
Kofi Kingston turns heel by attacking Big E and Woods following a loss to the Bluedgon Brothers with the Smackdown Tag Title Belts on the line
Everyone is expecting a New Day split up by the end of the year and a Big E heel turn. While Big E does make a solid case for the heel turn, the main reason why the New Day turned heel four years ago was Kofi Kingston listening to the WWE Universe and getting cocky, then using his charisma to get them a new gimmick and being fan favorites. Therefore a Kofi heel turn makes a logical point given the recent injuries and a weak mid card on the Smackdown brand. Big E and Xavier Woods will still be paired but they won’t be the same and will eventually go their own ways much more quietly. A heel turn out of frustration would be a perfect way to do it – it worked for Tommaso last year at NXT Takeover Chicago and now Tommaso is so over as a heel that he gets the asshole chants that the WWE Universe haven’t used in a long time.
Gargano cements a heel turn on NXT right before Summerslam
WWE Booking may have beaten me to the punch on NXT in the last week but last year Tommaso stabbed him in the back and the subsequent feud put them both on top of the NXT food chain. With a possible move to the WWE main roster impending due to contracts running out and injuries to mid card players, a heel turn won’t hurt because they may very well have to go into the roster as a tag team and there is no way WWE is doing away with Tommaso Psycho Killer gimmick. The midcard on both Raw and Smackdown needs a shakeup and a good heel that gets the crowd hating can set the tone the rest of the show.
The Bar becomes fan favorites
If Gargano and Tommaso go into Raw as a tag team and as heel using the current Psycho Killer gimmick of Tommaso, it will likely pop any other tag team on the Raw brand into the de facto fan favorites if it is done right. I’m leaning towards The Bar being the crowd favorites over the B Team, as they are experienced veterans that got the skill sets to get the crowd going without relying on catch phrases and cheesy promos. The Bar would be the better options of putting Tommaso over and this feud can carry over into Survivor Series.