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Face/Heel turns that feel flat in the long run!
Sometimes heel and face turns are made because its necessary but sometimes turning a character face to heel or heel to face can probably break a character instead of build them.
Is there any examples in which a role turn like this has turned out making a character worse
Here's a few I think didn't work. I can only think of face turns right now but if someone can help me think of some heel turns that failed that would be great. More failed face turns are also welcome.
Yokozuna (face turn)- As a heel this man was a beast, he dominated the WWE for a good two years, beating Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker. He was one of the longest running champions of his era and together with Mr Fuji they were a force to be reckoned with. Then he turned face and it was just horrible, Yokozuna turned from a beast to a clumsy oaf, he broke the dropes, slipped of the turnbuckle and straight up lost clean to superstars he could have easily beat as a heel. The man was never the same after that and would never recover, leaving a year later.
Big Boss Man (face turn) - He was the bad cop everyone loved to hate, siding with Ted Dibiase fighting guys like Hogan. He was a pretty good heel and got really good heat. Of cours ehe turned face and the crowd did like him. Even I became a fan. But he was very much a mid card guy who eventually ended up jobbing before leaving the WWE. His face turn really did him no favors. the Big Bossman returned in the Attitude Era as (in my opinion) one of the best incarnations of The Big Bossman I have seen. a great heel in some of the most shocking storylines and also appeared in several main events. This proved that the man was a born heel.
Doink the Clown (face turn) - 'nuff said to be honest. Doink the Clown (Matt Borne at the time) was a scary clown character. If like me you were scared of clowns as a kid then Doink wouldn't do you any favors. Casting Doink illusions and in ring tricks on opponents this man was a cross between Batmans' Joker and Stephen Kings IT. Then his face turn. Dear god his face turn. Even as a kid at the time I wasn't amused. the man became a literal joke, teaming with a midget names Dink as well as his horrible survivor series match and his feud with Bam Bam Bigalow. It was just cringe worthy TV. Doink to me will also be that horrifying clown with great in ring skills, that made kids in the audience cry.
Tatanka - (Heel Turn) - When Tatanka came to the WWe, he was great a native American gimmick that gave us some great matches, the man instantly became a good mid card guy who score a a year long undefeated streak and gathered a crowd following, people loved to love this guy. But never won any mid card title but at the same time remained a strong contender while also not being a jobber. His heel turn though was interested the idea of him selling out to Ted Dibiase was pretty good but the storyline went no where other than a feud with Lex Lugar it just stopped, they made him directionless and just ended up the jobber of the Million Dollar Corporation.