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Old 04-06-2013, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wrestlers who are "turned" too often.

Over the history of the sport there are certain guys IMO who had too many heel and face turns. Many times before the wrestler is are allowed to excel in their current role. Sometimes it happens over a course of years but sometimes within months. It can lead to diminished heat either way.

On another thread Paul Orndorff came up and it got me thinking. I do think his face and heel turn made since, but it was so sudden for that era. Fans never really trusted him again when he switched back to face.

Mr Anderson in TNA has experianced this IMO. I think it has hurt the heat he has.

There was a time HHH switched back and forth too often for my taste but he obviously has not had any diminshed heat. It just seemed confussing at the time to me.

Bill Dundee and Dutch Mantell went back and forth so often you never knew what they were from week to week. In that context I thought it made since playing up on their love hate relationship with Lawler, but as a younger fan I never fully understood how they could be best buddies one week, enemies the next and tag champs the next.

Can you think of other wrestlers this has happened to?

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Old 04-06-2013, 02:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Wrestlers who are "turned" too often.

Big Show.

Not only just in WWE but seemingly, his entire career (at least from 1996 onward).
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Kane is the king of this...

He was a heel from October 1997-October 1998, he was a face from then until August 2000, turned heel until he returned being face in January 2001, turned heel when he lost his mask at July 2003, turned face at September 2004 when the Snitsky thing happened, turned TWICE in a month during April-May 2006 for that storyline, turned heel again at July 2008, again face at November 2009, Heel at August 2010, face at March 2011, heel again at December 2011, and face at August 2012 when he started teaming up with Bryan.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Wrestlers who are "turned" too often.

Kane and Big Show are definitely the kings of this.

Edge turned a little bit too much at the end also after years of being a top heel he turned face to feud with Jericho, he turns heel to feud with Orton and stays that way through the summer, then turns face when being traded to SmackDown by the anonymous GM.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Wrestlers who are "turned" too often.

Kane and Big Show definately. I think Angle and Jericho could also be added to the list of names. Although it seemed to me as if Jericho was a heel more often than not throughout his career. Angle was to me, one who turned too often as well.
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Over the history of the sport there are certain guys IMO who had too many heel and face turns. Many times before the wrestler is are allowed to excel in their current role. Sometimes it happens over a course of years but sometimes within months. It can lead to diminished heat either way.

On another thread Paul Orndorff came up and it got me thinking. I do think his face and heel turn made since, but it was so sudden for that era. Fans never really trusted him again when he switched back to face.

Mr Anderson in TNA has experianced this IMO. I think it has hurt the heat he has.

There was a time HHH switched back and forth too often for my taste but he obviously has not had any diminshed heat. It just seemed confussing at the time to me.

Bill Dundee and Dutch Mantell went back and forth so often you never knew what they were from week to week. In that context I thought it made since playing up on their love hate relationship with Lawler, but as a younger fan I never fully understood how they could be best buddies one week, enemies the next and tag champs the next.

Can you think of other wrestlers this has happened to?

Austin Idol was that way quite a bit in Memphis also.

They did that to Ric Flair quite a bit at the end of his run in WCW. One week, he was loved, then turned heel. Granted, Flair could pull off either/or but it got ridiculous.
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Default Re: Wrestlers who are "turned" too often.

Randy Savage. He was a heel early in his career, then turned face in Memphis, then turned heel a year later, then turned face after Wrestlemania III, turned heel again during the Mega Powers feud, prior to wrestlemania 5. He then turned babyface once again after Wrestlemania 7. Then he was face up until 97, when he joined nWo in WCW. In 98 he turned face again when he was part of nWo Wolfpac.

Savage made it work and excelled whatever he did, but damn, talk about flip flopping.
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Kane and Big Show, i wouldn't be surprised if they had a bet on who could turn the most times during their careers.
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