With 2016 almost upon us, the WWE will be looking at certain changes they can make to improve the product to satisfy the fans while increasing the ratings.
One thing they will probably be looking at is the way they can change characters, not necessarily gimmick changes but face and heel turns that could be important in character development.
With unfortunately timed injuries throughout 2015, there have been spots available for superstars to take advantage of. Many failed, however, as there was no organic way to push them to the top in such little time.
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So that’s another thing the WWE will need to work on in 2016, not only looking at who should turn face and who should turn heel but they need to pick out superstars they will invest in and push them.
Here are the stars I believe the WWE will benefit from turning heel, face and by giving them a push in the coming year.
There are plenty of superstars on the WWE roster who can transition into the role of a heel but there are few who can probably pull it off to perfection - those stars fans would genuinely want to see perform as the bad guys.
The first of those is Dolph Ziggler. This has been something fans have wanted for a while as it’s blatantly obvious he’s being underutilised and wasted as a face. He has hardly done anything relevant this year whereas his best days were spent as being the cocky heel fans loved to hate.
The good thing about making the move with Ziggler is that it can’t fail, he knows what it takes to be a heel, and he still has a great look for it too. It’s a shame the WWE haven’t made the switch already with Ziggler.
Another star who could probably benefit from a heel turn – and it’s another fans are intrigued to see – is a heel turn for Dean Ambrose.
It’s interesting with The Lunatic Fringe because as a face he’s loved so much by the fans, but the fans that haven’t seen him on the independent scene don’t know what they’re missing out on.
Ambrose was born to be a heel, and he has the potential to be the biggest heel in the company. He has the perfect crazy traits to be a nuisance to any top face, and he’s somebody who will make sure the fans despise him.
He’s a lunatic; the WWE need to allow him the freedom to explore the heel side of his character.
Finally, another interesting choice to turn heel will be current NXT Champion Finn Balor. Much like Ambrose, Balor is loved by the fans, and it’s hard to imagine him as a top heel considering how much success he’s having.
There’s a perfect way to make the demon a heel instead, somebody that the fans boo rather than cheer. It’ll be a great way to see just how well Balor can adjust to the WWE as a heel considering he’s been a fantastic addition as a face.
It’s a huge test but it’s one where Balor could show he belongs on the main roster sooner rather than later.
One superstar who is widely expected to turn face is Seth Rollins, and I believe his face turn will occur in 2016 if we are to believe the rumours that were flying around over the past few months.
Rollins is a unique superstar with a move-set and a look made for a face and as the good guy, he could – and should – be the biggest star in the company. There are plenty of opportunities for him to shine as a face, one of those being against Triple H, and the WWE need to make sure it’s not another wasted opportunity with The Architect.
The fans love him too much, so it’s about time we love him as a face rather than a heel, even though he excels in that role.
Another interesting choice for a face turn should be Bray Wyatt, and it could be vital for his character development. On the microphone and inside of the ring, Wyatt has been fantastic in 2015.
He’s always in big feuds, and he always impressed, however, the bad booking has resulted in him looking like a glorified jobber. He can talk the talk, but he isn’t able to get the job done. How many more times do we need to see the same old story repeated before we completely give up on the talented star?
He has huge potential, and a face turn where fans can get behind him would be fascinating. It’s also a good way to show how versatile Wyatt can be - and it doesn’t mean the remainder of The Wyatt Family need to turn face.
WHO DESERVES A PUSH?
From what we’ve seen over the last couple of months, the WWE seriously need to consider giving Kalisto a push. Rumours suggest there are no plans to do anything of that sort, but Kalisto has impressed a huge amount on a weekly basis.
He is fantastic inside of the ring, and he can speak English which is a huge bonus for the WWE when it comes to selling seats. He should be built as an attraction, and it’s clear the fans are behind him all the way.
Similar to Kalisto, Neville is somebody who can be developed as a star attraction because of his immense move-set.
He’s built like an action figure, and he moves around so quickly, it’s almost deceiving. He hasn’t put a foot wrong, and he’s made the most of the limited opportunities he’s received.
The WWE need to put more focus on the high-fliers and Neville should spearhead the genre, he has all of the tools to eventually be a big star. The WWE need to put some effort into his character and give him storylines so he can show what he’s capable of.
If the WWE can make these changes in the coming year then we may not only see more entertaining characters worth watching but a better product overall.
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