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    Posted: 08/July/2013 at 07:01
So I spend a bit of time on youtube watching wrestling videos, and a while back youtube recommended a video labeled top ten heel turns of all time, I watched it, commented on it, then saw links to more and skimmed through those as well. Then I looked for face turns, and... well, since then I've been keeping an eye out for a video that matches that criteria ever since. I've never seen one.

So I've decided to make one myself, however to be perfectly honest I don't think I have good enough first hand knowledge of face turns during the attitude era & ruthless aggression era to really make an informed opinion.

That's where this thread comes in. I figured I'd poll you guys to see who you guys think about when it comes to 10 of the best face turns you've ever seen. I'll get the ball rolling to give an example of what kind of info I'm after, and you can contribute in whatever way you want.

1: For me, the single greatest face turn has to be Randy Savage's face turn at Wrestlemania 7. I went in not really liking him much. His run as Macho King did not sit with me well as a kid but I definitely didn't want to see his career come to an end at the hands of the Ultimate Warrior.

So many of my friends LOVED Warrior at this point in time, and I was always given grief about being a fan of the Macho Man (even though I more or less disavowed the Macho King). It was pretty tough for me to see Savage lose that career match, but Sherri I wanted to slap after she started kicking Savage while he was down, literally.

So when Elizabeth hopped the rails I was on the edge of my seat, and when she threw Sherri out of the ring I was cheering at the TV, I was elated when they hugged and he hoisted her up on his shoulders. Everyone else was cheering and crying tears of joy (even that one coke-bottled nerd with the red turban on his head) because they were so happy for the sake of Savage. His career was (supposedly) coming to an end but at least it was a happy ending with him getting back together with Ms. Elizabeth.

Looking back on it, it really was one of the most complete and emotional face turns ever. No one has turned face and had people crying tears of joy because suddenly the wrestler they loathed at the start of the match got back together with his ex and treated her like a gentleman.

2: My second favorite face turn was definitely Mr. Perfect's face turn on Prime Time Wrestling. The entire night's series of backstage round-table discussions were devoted to figuring out who would replace Warrior as Macho Man's tag team partner at Survivor Series later that week.

At the outset Macho dropped a bombshell saying he wanted Mr. Perfect. Heenan & Perfect were a part of the round-table as usual across from Jim Duggan & Hillbilly Jim with Vince at the head, and at first they started laughing at the idea. Vince however started talking about it logically, as did Heenan, saying it made sense to watch Perfect because no one knew Flair's weaknesses better than Perfect.

They continued laughing at the idea, until Razor Ramon started talking to Perfect's great achievements in the past tense. "You used to be somebody." "You used to know what you were doing in the ring." Perfect took exception to that and asked: "What you mean 'used to'?" He started saying things like he could step back into the ring tomorrow and be absolutely perfect.

Flair & Ramon then started with the 'yeah buts' and I forget if it was Savage or Vince suggested that they were trying to hold Perfect back. Vince did a lot of instigating during those backstage segments, pitting Perfect against either Flair & Razor, or Heenan. One thing led to another and pretty soon Heenan is telling Perfect to essentially know his role and shut his mouth and walk in the shadow of Ric Flair where he belongs. Perfect stood up and started off saying "Let me tell you something Heenan." Heenan sold it perfectly, turning from facing Vince to face Perfect, head down, only to see Perfect was standing right in front of him and he did the whole starting out looking down, then looking WAY up at Perfect amazed at how tall he was kind of thing you used to see in old comedy shows, it was hilarious.

Meanwhile Perfect is still going on (perfectly) saying "I'm sick and tired of other people telling me what to do, or what to say. Savage, you want an answer I'll give you an answer! I accept!" Heenan flew off the handle told him in no uncertain terms was not allowed to wrestle, slapped him in the face, and as soon as he did it looked and Perfect's face and just about pissed himself with panic (seriously Heenan was the BEST). Perfect grabbed him by the collar, and told him he had just made a huge mistake putting his hands on Mr. Perfect, he started choking him with his tie, Heenan fell to his knees begging him not to leave, and Perfect poured a pitcher of water that had been on the table out on him and said: "How do you like that Flair? How do you like this wet weasel! Savage! I'm back! And I'm back as your tag team partner!" He even gave a 'Woooo!' to mock Flair.

For me, I have never marked out more for a face turn than I did for Mr. Perfect's face turn, and for the next several months Mr. Perfect was my favorite wrestler even more than Savage or Undertaker.

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Thing is, as much as I LOVED Mr. Perfect's face turn, and I do think it was a good one from a story-telling stand point, and it was certainly one of the most beautifully executed face turns I've ever seen, I don't really think it really has the same kind of lasting effect Savage's face turn did, nor of likely a number of other face turns that have taken place over the years. And to be honest, I can't really think of too many really GREAT face turns. So I'd like to see what you guys think were some of your favorite face turns ever, and why you liked them so much.


Edited by Rico Len - 08/July/2013 at 07:01
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I thought Batista's storyline with the end of Evolution was really well done. You could see the turn coming a mile off, but the storyline was thoroughly entertaining, and in terms of getting a guy over to the next level through a turn, it hasn't been done better that I can recall in my lifetime.
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If we are talking about historical significance as far as a long term effect it had, then this definitely could be considered one. I mean, technically speaking, John Cena's popularity grew massively over time when he was still a 'heel'. The funny thing is though, its now 10 years later and hes still face and nothings changed, aspect hes instead of Eminem, hes umm..Superman! (For lack of a better term.)


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote John The Baptist Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/July/2013 at 11:41
DX in '98, they got Triple H over as a rising star by having him blast Michaels on Raw, then had them do wild shit like visit WCW and mock the Nation, etc..
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When the turned Eddie Guerrero from Lation Heat to Latino Cheat and teamed him with Chavo. 
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Wow, I can't believe I almost forgot the greatest one of them all! (...well to me personally it was.)
The Double-Turn between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Bret 'Hitman' Hart! Was done fantastically! It not only gave the inevitable push to The Texas Rattle Snakes carrier and turned him into a mega-star, and thats putting it mildly! But it also freshened up Bret Hart's act in the process...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thundarr2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/July/2013 at 16:29
In late 1986, one of the biggest heels in the industry turned babyface with seemingly zero build and it was went over massively. 


Dusty Rhodes was scheduled to team with Magnum TA against the Horsemen in a cage-match. Magnum had his car accident shortly before the match, so Dusty went it alone. When Nikita came out people were stunned and assumed he was coming out to make it a 3-on-1. Instead Nikita aided his long-time rival and the Super Powers were formed. 

It would take WWF nearly a full year to put together their answer to the Super Power with the Mega Powers.
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Batista's face turn in 2005 was really good. Hell they built that up so fucking well that his face turn started around Survivor Series 2004.

I loved the way Chris "King of the World" Jericho turned face in late 2003. He fell in love with Trish and changed his ways for her.

Though he blows as a face, Mark Henry's face turn in 2009 was pretty awesome. He faked out then heel champ Randy Orton by standing outside the ring for a Countout like Swagger did previously only to stop the count, smile and then beat the ever loving shit out of Orton. They could've ran with that through Summerslam 2009 if they wanted to since Mark got great reactions for a few weeks before they went back to Cena vs Orton.

Every face turn Angle did in wwe was awesome. He just slowly morphed from whiny heel into a kickass wrestler who fans just had to cheer.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/July/2013 at 20:55
I just thought of 2 more faceturns that I think nneed to be mentioned. I won't go into much detail, like i did with the other two.

I have to say Big Boss Man's face turn, where he got pissed off about Million Dollar man trying to bribe him to steal from Jake Roberts was a good one.

Even moreso I think Virgil's face turn was definitely one of the best ever.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/January/2018 at 16:37
Looking back on it, I wonder. What do you guys think about Daniel Bryan's run with the Wyatt family? Was that a full-blown heel turn or not? IMO I wouldn't consider Daniel Wyatt to have been a heel, more like just flirting with the dark side so to speak. Thus his turning on Bray Wyatt doesn't really count as a face turn? I don't know, what do you guys think?
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