The Rock Sells Out to The Corporation
It was the Survivor Series and there was a “Deadly Games” Tournament to determine the new WWF Champion after Steve Austin was unceremoniously stripped of the title when Vince McMahon fired him. The Rock who was a babyface no longer aligned with a stable, and Mick Foley seemingly having the backing of The Corporation and Vince McMahon but still working as a beloved babyface, they were the final participants in the tournament. The Rock would eventually lock in the sharpshooter and, much like what had happened last year with Bret Hart, Vince McMahon commanded the referee to ring the bell immediately. The Rock had ultimately sold out for the Corporation and turned on the people to become the WWF Champion. This heel turn effectively turned The Rock into a marquee main event attraction superstar, and therefore deserves it’s spot at number 5 on this list.
CM Punk Takes Out The Rock: Raw 1000, 2012
CM Punk was the WWE Champion defending against John Cena, who was using his Money in the Bank contract to challenge Punk in the main event of the 1000’th televised episode of Monday Night Raw. Big Show would come down to the ring to screw John Cena out of the title and beat him down, and when he did this, Punk just walked away, leaving Cena to the giant. Then, out of the blue The Rock came rushing down to the ring to help Cena, and would deliver a spinebuster to The Big Show, setting him up for a People’s Elbow. Just when he was bouncing off of the ropes to hit the move however, he was clobbered by a highly impactful clothesline by CM Punk. CM Punk would then mock The Rock by doing his own taunt, and hit him with a GTS, laying out The Great One. This heel turn is so effective because CM Punk would then remain heel for the rest of his record setting 434 day reign as WWE Champion.
Stone Cold Sells Out to Vince McMahon: Wrestlemania 17
Stone Cold was the Royal Rumble winner, The Rock was the WWF Champion, so the two were inevitably going to meet at the grandest stage of them all for the second time, but this time both men were unarguably at their best and both wanted to be the best in the company. Stone Cold was visibly obsessed with being the WWF Champion, and it was clear he would walk through Hell itself to make it reality, but nobody could guess what was going to happen. After a highly contested match between the two, Vince McMahon would come down to the ring and hang Steve Austin a steel chair, who would then proceed to absolutely annihilate The Rock with it. After pinning the champion for a 3 count, Stone Cold would shake hands and drink a beer with Vince McMahon to further demonstrate the fact that he had sold his soul to the devil, and aligned himself with his greatest enemy in order to become the champion. This heel turn gets bonus points for being the only heel turn to close out a Wrestlemania, and for really shocking everybody who saw it.
Seth Rollins Sells Out The Shield and Joins the Authority: June, 2014
The Shield were hot after two victories over the reunited team of Evolution, and Batista had decided to leave the company. The Shield were going to call out Evolution at the end of the show, and everytime he was asked about it, HHH would just say, “There’s always a Plan B.” So we all knew that something special was going to happen. But as soon as HHH came down the ramp and assured them all again that there was always a backup plan, much like the entry previous to this one, nobody could expect what was about to happen. Seth Rollins took the chair he had in his hands and swung as hard as he could, hitting Roman Reigns right in the back with it, then he would destroy Dean Ambrose with the chair, and curb stomping it, ultimately selling his brothers in The Shield down the river and joining the Authority. This heel turn was so effective for three reasons, 1 because it successfully launched the singles career of each member of The Shield, 2 because it broke up one of if not the most dominant stable of all time, and 3 because it gave birth to the greatest rivalry of 2014, when Dean Ambrose would attempt to seek revenge on his former brother Seth Rollins for stabbing him in the back.
Hulk Hogan Turns on WCW and Forms The NWO: Bash at the Beach 1996
What else could it be? No other heel turn has effected a company as much as this one did. The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, were ruinning amok causing a ruckus in WCW and the roster of the company had no idea how to stop them. The Team of Lex Luger, Macho Man, and Sting would make an attempt to take the two men out, and challenge them to a match at Bash at the Beach, the men would accept assure them that the third man of the group would be revealed when the match took place. When the match was starting, The Outsiders would come to the ring alone, without a third man, when asked where the third man was they confirmed that he was in the building and would be making his precense felt. Near the end of the match, Hulk Hogan, at the time famous for being the Hulkamania Hero that we saw on TV for 10 years, made his way down the ramp, and everyone simply assumed he was there to take out The Outsiders. He hits the ring, gets inside and immediately hits a leg drop on Macho Man, then high fives both members of The Outsiders, confirming that he was the third man in the group. Gene Oakurland would ask him what he was thinking aligning himself with two thugs like The Outsiders, and Hogan would cut a promo, deeming themselves the “New World Order” of professional wrestler, and thus one of if not the greatest stables of all time and biggest ratings boost in the history of the company, was born. But don’t just agree with me, let me know what you think was the greatest heel turn of all time and why in the comments below.