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post #51 of 53 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 04:00 AM
 
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I've touched on this subject before.
I think it's much harder to be a good heel in the modern era, because the lines between character and performer are so blurred.

Example. The heel character of Kevin Owens was a straight up jerk and deserved to be booed. But many fans appreciate the talent of Kevin Steen, the man behind the character, and think he deserves a higher spot on the card. So they cheer and root for a character, because of the man behind the character.

People were furious when he lost the title to Goldberg. It made total sense for the cowardly Kevin Owens character, who only won the title because triple h helped him win it, to be mauled by Goldberg. Classic bad guy comeuppance.

But people were angry, because they felt Kevin Steen deserved better.
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Re: Can 'cool' heels be considered as great heels?

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Psst, that “villain” you relate to and understand the viewpoint of? That’s the babyface.
I'll use comic characters as an example

Loki
Killmonger
Magneto
Catwoman

All characters that have over time shown and proven to that its possible to be a villain without being one dimensional. Having layers isn't a bad thing and more often than not lends to a characters depth. You can agree with each of these characters and even root for them in some of instances. But that DOES NOT make them the hero.

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Re: Can 'cool' heels be considered as great heels?

Edge is the first name that popped into my head when I read cool heel. Who didn't want to be like Edge during his heel run? Cool hair and style, epic entrance music, funny and sarcastic wit, endless affairs etc. I personally think this type of heel are few and far between. Sure, you might get a heel where you like their entrance or you find them amusing, but not so many are the full package. A couple of others that spring to mind are Ric Flair and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Obviously a heel should be booed, but it's nice to get one where you hate their guts but adore them at the same time.
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