TAWF Clean 8: Betrayals
Heel turns, or betrayals as normal people would call them, are an integral part of professional wrestling. For some wrestlers, it sparks a new beginning for their career. Shedding the dead weight of a tag team partner can propel them to superstardom. Who could forget Shawn Michaels throwing (not Superkicking) Marty Jannetty through the Barber Shop window?
Other betrayals shock fans to their core. The respective Shield and DIY breakups shocked wrestling fans all over the world. Grown adults are still bummed about Seth Rollins and Tommaso Ciampa ruining two cohesive units.
Not all heel turns are as impactful or memorable. Some of them don’t make sense or fail to get the desired outcome. Turning Steve Austin was supposed to be a huge turning point for WWE and propel The Rock into the number one babyface. Of course, they turned Austin in Texas, his home state, and the crowd cheered for the Rattlesnake aligning with Vince McMahon.
A recent example of this is Big Cass turning on Enzo Amore, ruining a tag team of nearly four years in the process. It was something that people didn’t want to see, as it was felt that people didn’t think that both men could excel on their own. Cass is a serviceable big man, but not too great on the mic. Enzo is atrocious in the ring but one of the best talkers in all of WWE. The desired outcome of the turn was to propel Cass into an eventual main event role. All it did was propel him into a hospital with a knee injury and push Enzo into one of the biggest heels in the entire company. Whoops.
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