Originally posted on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 11/17/11

Heels. Some love them, some hate them. Much like the case in the world of sports, wrestlers can be seen in different lights by any individual person. What makes people who used to love hate LeBron James totally hate him now? Why do some people boo the sh*t out of CM Punk even though he is awesome? What did the NWO have that no other group in wrestling history has been able to attain? These are some of the mysteries that come from heels, and they are questions that sometimes just have no answer. Heels are a fascinating part of wrestling and can totally divide groups of fans for no particular reason.

Via Wikipedia – The History of Heels:

The term “heel” is most likely derived from a slang usage of the word that first appeared around 1914, meaning “contemptible person”. Common heel behavior includes cheating to win (e.g., using the ropes for leverage while pinning or attacking with foreign objects while the referee is looking away), attacking other wrestlers backstage, interfering with other wrestlers’ matches, insulting the fans (referred to as cheap heat), and acting in a haughty or superior manner.

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(Side note...how much of a clown does he look like in this video trying to bum a cigarette off of fans?)\r\n","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/randy-orton.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125106,"post_title":"14. Kurt Angle","post_content":"The guy is a U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winner and he still couldn't win over a WWE crowd. The crowd's chant of \"You Suck, You Suck\" to the tune of Angle's entrance music probably still resonates in his head. He was one of the most talented wrestler's ever, but for whatever reason the guy remained a heel for most of his career. Another mystery about WWE heels we may never solve.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/kurt-angle.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125109,"post_title":"13. Kevin Nash","post_content":"Kevin Nash is one of those heels that you find most people loved. Whatever it was about those NWO guys, the crowd just seemed to love that evil, anti-establishment attitude that they brought, and at the start Kevin Nash was that guy. He was a badass member of The Outsiders and took no guff from anyone. I mean him and Scott Hall drank cough syrup live on WCW...that just takes a true awesome heel to pull that off successfully. He was the guy who you loved as a kid and your mom hated the fact that you liked him. That is what Kevin Nash brought to the table, one of the true heels that was loved by almost everyone...except mom. (Also, did you know that Kevin Nash played Super Shredder in TMNT 2: Secret of the Ooze? Mind blown? Thought so.)","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/kevin-nash.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125110,"post_title":"12. CM Punk","post_content":"As a heel, CM Punk has shot up the ranks this past calendar year. From his incredible shoot on Raw this past June to his incredible match at the Money In The Bank PPV, Punk has had a hell of a year. He called Vince McMahon and everything about the WWE Universe a joke on live TV and even went as far as to trash McMahon's family. Punk is a heel, there is no doubt about it, but he is a different type of heel. Any old wrestling fan that I have spoken to seems to love CM Punk, and every young fan seems to dislike him. Whatever it is Punk has been a huge part of the revitalization of wrestling, especially amongst older fans, and for that we thank him.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/cm-punk.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125111,"post_title":"11. Iron Sheik","post_content":"Iron Sheik is the only WWE superstar to ever hail from the nation of Iran (yes, he is actually from Iran, it is not a character). He really became a big-time heel through his impressive work in shoot interviews. He was even a frequent feature on popular radio shows such as The Howard Stern Show and the Opie and Anthony Show due to his skills on the mic. He always seemed to be spewing about his hatred for every other wrestler and the wrestling industry as a whole. The guy definitely knew how to rile up a crowd like a true heel should.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/iron-sheik.png","post_mime_type":"image\/png"},{"ID":125112,"post_title":"10. The Rock","post_content":"I know, I know...how can I only have The Rock at the number ten spot. Well, it's simple, the guy isn't a heel anymore. He has become such a face in the WWE Universe that I had to drop him all the way back to number ten. His early days, Rock was easily one of the greatest heels out there. The songs he performed in the ring were so funny and just ripped the host cities apart from their core. He was arguably the best guy the WWE has ever had on the mic and he used it to his advantage...to rip fellow wrestlers and fans alike. His back and forth with Stone Cold Steve Austin over the years was pure gold, and honestly I miss the old Rock. He just isn't the same anymore.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/the-rock.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125113,"post_title":"9. Eric Bischoff","post_content":"Eric Bischoff wasn't much of a force within the ring, but outside the ring he was one of the prominent heel figures in wrestling history. What was great about Bischoff was that his heel tendencies were more often than not his actual characteristics, not some character that the writers created. Bischoff was a great businessman, but his tactics were not things you'd be taught in a Business Ethics class. During the heat of the Monday Night Wars between the WWF and the WCW, Bischoff would routinely ruin WWF storylines and steal superstars in attempts to make his show better. Granted the WWF won the battle, Bischoff was responsible for many memorable moments over the years.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/eric-bischoff.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125114,"post_title":"8. HHH","post_content":"The Game is one of the best wrestlers since the Attitude era and deserves to be higher on this list based on skill, but much like the Rock, he has flip-flopped from heel to face way too many times. However, his stint as the co-leader of D-Generation X solidifies him as a t0p ten heel of all time. When they invaded WCW, kids around the country gasped as the thought Triple-H and co. were actually invading Monday Nitro. It was the most WCW-like move that Vince McMahon and the WWF pulled and it was memorable. The whole suck it movement really changed the industry and really pushed television to the limits. Talk about pushing TV to the limits, this promo says it all and solidifies HHH as a top heel.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/triple-h.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125115,"post_title":"7. Rowdy Roddy Piper","post_content":"As is the case with many heels, Piper was quite entertaining when he had a microphone in his hand. His scrappy, and often dirty, wrestling tactics got him his heel label, but he solidified it with his scornful disrespect towards everyone on the mic. His Piper's Pit interviews\/promos were great entertainment and were something that the industry really hadn't seen before. Rumor has it that most of the material came from Piper himself, which shows just how impressive of a talent he was. Piper was the Intercontinental Champ once, but never held the prized WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship belt.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/rowdy-roddy-piper.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125116,"post_title":"6. Ric Flair","post_content":"People seem to forget just how huge of a heel Ric Flair was in the 1980's. As a member of the famed Four Horsemen, Flair caused a fair share of havoc in and out of the ring. His trademark \"WOO!\" and cocky strut could get even the calmest wrestling fans fired up. He really became a big time, hated heel when he came into the WWF and worked with Bobby Heenan. Now, Flair is looked upon as more of a legend (and rightfully so), but we cannot forget just how big of a heel this guy was in his heyday.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/ric-flair.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125117,"post_title":"5. Shawn Michaels","post_content":"If the lyrics (I think I'm cute, I know I'm sexy. I've got the looks, that drive the girls wild. I've got the moves, that really move 'em. I send chills up up and down their spines) of his entrance music don't say enough, Michaels and his self-absorbed attitude made him into one of the greatest and most lovable heels in history. Him and Triple-H made the perfect combo of cocky heels to turn DX into the coolest and most bad-ass group the WWE has ever seen. Plus, you know you didn't want to be on the receiving end of one of these!","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/shawn-michaels.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125118,"post_title":"4. Ted DiBiase","post_content":"Ted DiBiase was the heel of all heels. What separated DiBiase from the rest of the guys on this list is that he seemed legitimately mean. The infamous segment when he kicked the basketball away from a little kid was both cruel and shocking, and all DiBiase did was laugh in his face. DiBiase was a talented wrestler and had his fair share of memorable matches, but he is forever remembered as a cocky, greedy, arrogant jerk, a heel unlike any other that wrestling has ever seen.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/ted-dibiase.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125119,"post_title":"3. Vince McMahon","post_content":"The Chairman. The CEO. The founder of the Kiss-My-Ass club. Vincent Kennedy McMahon was, and still is, one hell of a heel. Everyone boo's him every time he comes out to the ring and continues to ignore just how important he has been to the industry. Granted, he is a self-absorbed, cocky a*shole and may toot his own horn a bit too much, but McMahon has been invaluable to the world of professional wrestling. In the ring, he has actually been a part of some pretty impressive matches, even though his skill is lacking. His feuds with Stone Cold are legendary and although he is the CEO of the company, Vince has turned into one of the most memorable and impressive heels the industry has ever seen.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/vince-mcmahon.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125121,"post_title":"2. Scott Hall","post_content":"\"Say hello to the bad guy.\" That was Scott Hall's quote when he was introduced to the wrestling world as Razor Ramon and I must say, truer words have never been spoken. He was the ultimate heel and he embellished it. One of the founding fathers of the greatest heel group ever, the NWO, Hall really had the bay guy mantra down to a science. Recently, Hall was featured on the ESPN show E:60 in a revealing, yet depressing portrait of the man he has become. He barely made it through an independent show earlier this year and has been close to death numerous times. However, we must not think of him this way. We need to remember him as the legend and great heel that he was.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/scott-hall.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125122,"post_title":"1. Hollywood Hulk Hogan","post_content":"This may seem like a questionable number one choice, but Hogan's switch to the NWO to a true heel was one of the most monumental and controversial moves in the history of wrestling. The crowd at that 1996 Bash at the Beach was blown away. The drama was real. The betrayal was real. Most big wrestling fans vividly remember when and where they were watching this when it happened and that is saying something. People were throwing sh*t at Hogan, something that never happened prior to this. He just became a huge d*ck on the mic right after this, further growing his heel faction. It was terrible, but it was perfect. It was the glory days of wrestling and it will never be better than this. Hogan turning from face to heel as Hollywood Hulk Hogan was huge and meant more to wrestling at that moment than almost anything. Kids were crying. Grown men were pissed off. That kind of stuff just doesn't happen. This moment even spurred a great LeBron James parody video ten years later. Matches with Hogan had more drama, and this match with Goldberg on Nitro in 1998 was one of the best matches I've ever seen. The crowd was fired up, and you can't deny that Hogan's heel faction added even more drama to this match. If you disagree with me fine, but I think Hogan as a heel was the most important and monumental heel turn in the history of wrestling.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/10\/hulk-hogan.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":125164,"post_title":"hollywood_hogan","post_content":"","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/hollywood_hogan.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"}]};initiating the gallery...
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