Re: Who was the greatest at crossing over as a heel/and a face?
I really admired Bret Hart's ability to play a heel without really changing much of his overall character. In 1992, for example, when he wrestled Bulldog at Wembley Stadium; he wasn't an actual heel but he was getting booed because he was facing the hometown hero. Hart did plenty of subtle little gestures during that match to exasperate the crowds and draw more boos. When he stood, for instance, with his hands on his hips simply staring at the crowd for a second, shaking his head in disbelief as they jeered him. This made them boo him more. Or the way he'd keep the hold on until the full count of five, and then target the same area of his opponent for slightly longer than he usually would. These were all subtle little nuances that enabled him to elecit those loud jeers and play the crowds without really doing or saying anything to alter his character. He played it brilliantly - working the fans into booing him without really corrupting or changing himself. He did this a bit in his feud with Austin as well - I loved the way he would look a little bit hurt and mystified at the crowds booing him.