He’s reminiscent of a mob boss mixed with Brock Lesnar who can cut promos, but doesn’t have to say much to get his point across. Even treating his allies negatively, Reigns isn’t taking shit from anyone, but that’s not in the cool babyface way. He’s just being a jerk about it.
Instead of acting like the hungry guy who wants to prove himself as the top of the business, he knows he’s already achieved that goal and carries himself accordingly. He’s not worried about pleasing fans or making friends. All that matters is doing the job putting other people down, and since he’s so good at it, it’s disrespectful not to bow down to him.
Fantastic. He’s one of the most engaging characters WWE has produced in years and I hope the Tribal Chief has legs to go for years.
You have to be on the list if you’re Randy Orton. Almost every year, he’s a candidate. This year, he made sure of that by reverting back to his Legend Killer status.
When you take out Edge after his triumphant return, along with his wife, humiliate Big Show, punt The Heartbreak Kid, put down The Nature Boy, dangle “one more match” in front of Christian just to send him packing and you feud with the top babyface, you’re top 3 heel material for sure.
You can’t go wrong with heel Orton. Randy just has a natural ability in him to be this type of character and make it believable.
How good is Pat McAfee?! This guy had more than his fair share of struggles as a pre-show panelist and member of the broadcast team. Then, he transitions over to a manager/wrestler role and absolutely knocks it out of the park.
If you’re judging a “best heel” list based on wins and losses, then sure, he’s 0-2 and that’s not a great record. But his performances have been amazing. His match with Adam Cole stole the show and he held his own and then some at WarGames. This guy’s a better in-ring talent than some of the Performance Center recruits that have been working hard at it for years.
If you judge a heel based on promos, he’s blowing most of the WWE roster out of the water. They should be embarrassed how naturally good he is on the mic. He doesn’t really stumble over his words, it all sounds believable and smooth, and while he’s delivering those lines, you buy into the idea that he’s a douchebag who needs to get his ass whooped.
That’s what a heel should do. They shouldn’t be too concerned with saying the wrong thing to upset people as that’s the point. He manages to stay on the line between “legit” and “cowardly weasel” so he’s not just an obvious losers who avoids punishment, but he’s also not the monster type that is a blockade nobody can get past.
McAfee has been one of the best gems this year that I don’t think anyone could have seen coming and plenty of other heels should watch what he’s doing and take notes.
Honorable Mentions: Why no Bayley and Sasha Banks on this list? Because they feuded with like 3 people over and over and over again. How bad can you look when all you’re doing is picking on Nikki Cross and nothing changes? Well, you might be arguing that that should disqualify Pat McAfee, then. However, he’s simply better on the mic than those two in my opinion, which gives him priority.
Cameron Grimes has won me over as a cowardly idiot, but he doesn’t beat these others. Sami Zayn has been a great weasel, too, but he’s just outclassed.
Major shout out to Legado del Fantasma. I really considered putting them on here. They’re intimidating, powerful and the switch with Santos Escobar was really interesting.
It pains me SO much not to put The Hurt Business on here. I’ve been loving so much of what they’ve been doing. This group saved all four men’s careers in so many ways. However, what kept them from making the list was how cool I think they are. They feuded with RETRIBUTION for a bit and legitimately felt like they were the babyface team. To be the best heels of the year, you can’t do that. You have to be a full-blown heel through and through during your time frame.
Those are my picks, but who do you think should be considered the best babyfaces and heels of 2020? Who do you think will take these spots in 2021? Tell us what you’re thinking in the comments below, and happy holidays, everyone!