Re: Why does WWE suck at writing faces?
Playing devils advocate (although I understand "creative" is literally paid many 0's of dollars to come up with interesting characters) it is much easier to have a Heel play up a personality worthy of being interesting. A lot of times, I think you need the Heel to interact with the Babyface first in order for the Babyface to be very interesting. Or else it just becomes another story of a squeeky clean good guy and even then it really depends on what the heel does in order for the face to be interesting.
I think one thing I like seeing about AEW (I know, another AEW mention. But I'm not a crazy one, I know they have a lot of faults as well) is the ambiguous face / heel dynamic. Even though it's drastically confusing in some senses to me right now because I'm so used to the strict Face / Heel dynamic.
Most people aren't bad guys just to be bad guys and most people aren't squeeky clean either. To bring in a WWE reference - John Cena, The Rock, CM Punk. All fantastic examples of being babyfaces with heelish type of attitudes while all 3 also able to get cheered in different Era's of wrestling, while also being a Heel.
You wanted to cheer for them (and Boo Cena duh), but they had their motives, whether they were questionable or not. But for some reason, WWE still keeps trying to create Heels that are 100% only heals with no redeeming traits and Babyfaces that are squeeky clean kissing babies with no sense of attitude.
I think getting rid of strict heels and babyfaces and just giving people more of an organic type of personality would go a long way into creating actually interesting Heels and Faces.
Edit: I realized all I did was half assed answer the question then ramble on. Whoops
Last edited by Sir Linko; 10-14-2019 at 01:47 PM.