Being a heel means making the crowd turn heel on you
Cactus Jack: I hate to use this kinda language on television, but Sting you are a PARTY POOPER!
(Abdullah the Butcher eats a Sting doll)
Cactus Jack: It’s your party, Sting, you can cry if you want to.
Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff
WWE is sports entertainment - story lines, faces and heels, bullshit, fun. NJPW and ROH are old school pro wrestling - the character dynamics are blurred, the work is stiffer, the story lines are barebones, the matches revolve around wrestling moves instead of storytelling and character psychology.
Punk and Bryan were pro wrestlers who became very good sports entertainers. They both fell short of their goals, but they found more success than anyone expected out of them. I think WWE is trying to do that with Steen, KENTA and Devitt. These three will have their move sets reduced, their characters will become more theatrical and one dimensional and they will have to start telling stories instead of just showing off moves and being tweeners. I think this is great because I think the old form of wrestling is out of date. MMA is killing it but it has plenty of talented wrestlers who can adapt to WWe if they are truly great.
Devitt obviously has the Dynamite Kid/Chris Benoit/Brian Danielson thing going. He’s a flashy grappler, small but tough and he looks like a throwback to traditional wrestlers. But he has way more charisma and presence than those three. And he’s actually good looking. And his moves aren’t so boring and dated. Those older wrestler succeed equally as faces and heels. I think Devitt will bounce back n forth and be a star either way.
Steen is your textbook Canadian wrestler. Laid back, confrontational and not out to please your aesthetics. He fits his lineage with Bret Hart, Abdullah the Butcher, Chris Jericho and Lance Storm. Some think he will find a Stone Cold following or a CM Punk following because of his rough look and his legit antagonistic attitude. I think he will get the following but not the push, given the behavior of those guys. I think if he catches on he will probably underplay it and reject it. Before being signed to WWE he took a personal shot at The Rock on Twitter so I don’t think he’s got the wherewithal to become a major player. He will be a great villain and a villain to villains, an anti face like Punk and Austin, but I don’t think he will be a long term and dependable champion.
KENTA is the most interesting and promising of the three. The most handsome. The most critically acclaimed and influential. And he’s really the only wrestler of his generation who is above Bryan and Punk. Both of them borrowed more than a little from his ring style and image. But he is so much more athletic, smart and impressive in the ring. I think he can easily adapt to being a WWE household name. The question is whether WWE will allow him to be. WWE is famously biased against small wrestlers, Japanese wrestlers and stars that weren’t made in WWE. But there’s so much change going on. Perhaps KENTA will be the game changing wrestler WWE fans have hoped for. I think it will be obvious if he’s Taka Michinoku 2.0 if they allow him to keep his GTS finisher. It will show how much they respect him and it will show whether or not they put as much stock in him as they did CM Punk. He’s not heelish, so they should make him a baby face. He’s will get smark pops for sure. And he’s very serious so they shouldn’t book him as a clown. I think if they pull the trigger and push him 100% they may have a guy who can carry the company for a while and make the belts mean something again within wrestling.
I’m stoked to see Steen, Devitt and KENTA in the E but I hope they are more than just Enhancement talent.
the real beast incarnate