Last time on WWE Report…I looked at the current state of the heels in the company, why they’re the villains and how they gain their heat. Now it’s time to turn to the faces; the heroes who the crowd is supposed to cheer. The distinction between face and heel isn’t as clear as it used to be, so some of these good guys have shades of heelness. Even with that, faces range from comedy types to the babyface kind to those who just don’t really know how to be a heel and are good guys be default.
John Cena – We’ll probably see the scene in the above picture a few more times before Cena retires. He’s the ultimate do-gooder babyface and will never turn heel unless someone can take his place as Vince’s top moneymaker.
Sheamus - He’s one of those guys you don’t expect would make a good face, but he has succeeded in a good guy role. He still has his vicious streak but has shown his comedic abilities with stories about a random family member as well the Beaker segment. He’s the WHC champ and is set to be a top face on Smackdown for a long time.
Randy Orton – With a few exceptions, Orton’s face run hasn’t really been all that good, since he’s a natural heel. His promos have suffered for it and it’s kind of painful to watch him during interviews stare off into the distance like he’s doing long division in his head. The lack of main event faces on the Blue Brand will keep as a good guy for the time being.
Chris Jericho - Though he’s a much better heel, Y2J can play both sides very well. His recent face turn was partly fueled by fans cheering him despite his bad guy status. He’s one of the best all-around performers the WWE has and he’s willing to help get younger talent over, like he’s doing with his current feud with Dolph Ziggler.
Christian - Captain Charisma’ s explanation for his face turn a few months ago was one that really resonated with the fans. Saying he was inspired when he introduced Edge during the HOF ceremony strengthens his legacy with his friend, not to mention adopting the Spear as a finisher. After dropping the IC Title to Miz, he seems a bit lost and doesn’t have an immediate direction for the future.
Rey Mysterio - Second only to Cena on the ultimate babyface list, Rey Rey’s connection with the kids in particular is what defines him as a face. His pre-match routine with kids wearing one of his masks provides a connection with the crowd, not to mention his little-guy-overcoming-the-odds gimmick wouldn’t really play as a heel.
Santino Marella - The one guy the company turns to when it needs some comedy, Santino has carved himself a niche as a performer. While I don’t have any issues with the role he plays, I do think his continued US Title reign further devalues an already weak title.
Zack Ryder - His use of social media to engineer his own push is well documented. However, after getting some time in the limelight and a brief US Title reign, he’s back to where he was before; barely getting on TV and wrestling in Superstars/dark matches. It remains to be seen what avenue he’ll take to force WWE to push him again. WWWYKI.
Kane – I guess he’s a face given recent events, right? A nickname like The Big Red Monster should mean you’re a heel, but Creative has decided to turn him yet again. I’m not sure if he’ll any success this time or merely be used as an enhancement talent.
Undertaker - Though not a face in the normal sense of the word, Taker is massively over with the crowd, who will cheer him at any time. He’s had a long and very decorated career, which the fans respect and appreciate.
The Rock - What else needs to be said about him as a face? He oozes enough charisma for the whole locker room.
Brodus Clay - The Funkasaurus gimmick has gotten him over with the crowd, but it’s starting to run its course. It was radically different then what was expected when he debuted it, but Clay’s build fits better as a monster heel.
Kofi Kingston - Another entry in the ultimate babyface category, Kingston’s upbeat persona in the ring and high flying style are what get the fans behind him. He doesn’t really get a chance to show his mic skills, but they are decent, especially during his feud with Orton.
R-Truth - Like Kofi, his upbeat personality helps him with the crowd and his Little Jimmy gimmick is tailor made for a younger demographic. He is versatile, showing he can be a good heel.
Ryback - Apparently all you need to do to get over with the crowd is to beat up jobbers and random dudes every week. They also are getting behind his ‘Feed Me More’ catchphrase.
Justin Gabriel - Pegged as a natural babyface, Gabriel nonetheless was a decent heel while in the Nexus, especially when he’d give that sinister grin before hitting the 450 Splash. He’s formed a face tag team with Tyson Kidd and if the division ever gets off the ground, they could be very successful.
Tyson Kidd – He lets his in-ring abilities do all the talking and the crowd is starting to get behind him. His technical skills combined with Gabriel’s high flying could make for a great tag team.
Alex Riley - His return to TV recently was quite shocking for the former apprentice of The Miz. His break with his mentor had him primed for a push, but has been left by the wayside. If they ever do get behind him, he has the charisma and mic skills to succeed.
Ted DiBiase - Ted has one of the more unique gimmicks, if you will, in the WWE. His DeBiase Posse and his tailgating with fans before shows has really gotten him over. The results in the ring haven’t been good, but there’s hope once he returns from injury.
Sin Cara, Primo & Epico, The Usos, Ezekiel Jackson, Yoshi Tatsu, The Great Khali, Evan Bourne
Like in the heels article, these guys are all faces for one reason or another, but are not featured enough, or at all, to really make an impression with the crowd. Sin Cara especially has fallen far from his hyped debut.