WCW was a place where heels had more fun. Most of the time, the main titles were held by heels who would boast of their greatness and the faces of WCW would try to surpass them. But some WCW heroes can be fantastic. It was interesting how some could bounce between heel and face, and at times the stellar heel was better as the good guy.
With a few notable exceptions, there was almost never a guy who spent his entire time in WCW doing anything extraordinary either as a face or a heel. Yet some were clearly good as faces, some were simply not good at all as heels, while others were easier to root for than to cheer for. These ten workers were among the best faces of WCW when they were pushed that way to show how great the company could be with its heroes.
10 Bret Hart
WCW never figured out how to use Bret Hart properly. At times they tried to push him, they tried to make him a heel in a storyline like the new NWO which never worked. The fact was that fans wanted to enjoy Bret after Montreal, but WCW’s poor booking made that difficult.
They finally got it right in 1999 as Brett captured an overdue world title, but his career was halted by injuries. “The Hitman’s” WCW career was a disappointment as the man who was fit for a face was put in poor heel material and was another source of confusion during his WCW tenure.
9 Johnny B. Bad
When he started in WCW, Johnny B. Bad was a heel who mocked his defeated opponents by placing plastic lips on their faces. As he moved up the ranks, Bad lost that smooth edge as a hero, helping him by confronting bad guys.
He went on to become the TV Champion in 1994 with a good run and a second champion the following year. Bad was a fantastic worker and fans adopted things like the “Bad Blaster” to make him one of the more reliable midcard talents in WCW and became a potentially popular figure.
8 Booker T
Harlem Heat weren’t exactly heels when they started in WCW, but their tough side leaned that way. Heat could still hear the cheers at times, though, and it grew when Booker T began his singles career. He won over fans as a TV champ despite his slight transition between heel and face.
Finally, in 2000 Booker T became a full face, winning the world title in a spectacular moment and remaining so until the end of WCW. Booker T’s approach and approach were instrumental in his rise to champion and hero in WCW as a rare bright spot in the latter days of the company.
7 Dustin Rhodes
Introduced as a great babyface in the mold of his legendary father, Dustin Rhodes soon excelled as a great hero in WCW. He held several titles in his early days in WCW, shining as a hard worker, including a surprisingly big feud with Vader.
Dustin took part in war games and other battles, much tougher than him, Dustin made the fans very happy through it all. In his later run he teased some heel material but mostly kept on the side of the good guy as the artist known as Goldust was at his best as a clear hero in WCW.
6 Diamond Dallas page
As a latecomer to wrestling, Diamond Dallas Page started out as an outrageously smooth heel who often flaunted a wealthy lifestyle. It was good as it was but slipped a bit.
DDP was launched to stardom when he took out several members of the NWO, but his feud with Randy Savage took him to the next level. It’s a bit ironic that he was a heel when he became World Champion but DDP is more liked by the fans than booed, so he was a stellar heel but much better than a face.
5 Dusty Rhodes
Even more so than his son Dustin, Dusty Rhodes was one of the most popular figures in WCW history. He did it alongside Jim Crockett, fans enjoying his ring work, his lively promos, and just the spirit of a common man who made his fans happy.
Trying to bring him into the NWO was a strange move, as Dusty just didn’t fit in at all. Although he started out as a heel early in his career, the “American Dream” became one of WCW’s most beloved figures, in the ring or on the mic, so the company never tried him as a bad guy.
4 Ron Simmons
After being stuck in WCW’s mid-card for a while, Ron Simmons found great success by teaming with Butch Reed as Doom and holding the tag team titles. When they split, Simmons turned face and became a rare African-American hero for the company.
He won the world title in 1992 and despite not having a great overall career, Simmons did his best as a role model and to face all audiences. He later tried to turn heel, though Simmons seemed better suited to the heroic and history-making champion, and it’s a shame his actual career wasn’t as good as he was good at it.
One of WCW’s dumbest moves in 2000 (which is saying something) was taking Goldberg, one of the few bankable acts they had left, and turning him heel. It was a disaster because Goldberg might have looked like the kind of guy who could be a monster, but never worked out that way.
Fans loved rooting for him crushing people left and right during his streak and wanted to see him win. They just booed themselves for the stupid turn. WCW finally got the message to make him a face again, though trying him as a heel was a bad move.
2 Ricky Steamboat
There may not be a better pure babyface in wrestling history than Ricky Steamboat. He admitted that he didn’t think he could be a good heel, though it would be interesting to try now and then. However, Steamboat pulled the fans to his side, taking heavy punishment but never giving up.
He had several runs as tag team, TV and US champions as well as constantly challenging for major belts as the crowd always went for Dragon. Steamboat’s amazing skills kept him busy as fans were ready to cheer him on against any opponent.
In 1999, WCW tried to turn Sting heel against Hulk Hogan…and it didn’t work for a second. From day one in WCW, Sting was born as a face, full of energy unlike anyone else in the company.
Fans loved him as the “surfer” hero, but he truly exploded as a “crow” personality. Sting flirted with the Wolfpack a bit but was always good as the soul of WCW until last Nitro. This heel turn failed because fans did not want to book Stinger in any of his roles.
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