Did you notice? There are a lot of wrestlers in the world today but at some point a wrestler is going to start to run out of things to do. Maybe they can come up with a completely new character, but more often than not, one of the best ideas is to turn them face or heel. That can be done in a variety of ways, though when it is successful, it can be very successful. There are different ways to turn people and some of them are more obvious than others, though two that took place last week may have slipped past you.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, last week’s SmackDown featured a pair of face turns. First up was Elias, who returned to the show in a backstage segment after missing about two months with a broken ankle. Elias returned to sing a song mocking Drake Maverick, who was trying to kiss Dana Brooke. This was designed to be a face turn, which would be the second such attempt with Elias this year after the first one did not last long.
He had Brooke dancing. Check out Elias’ new song:
On the same show, Sasha Banks and Bayley mocked the SmackDown women’s Survivor Series team for their loss. This brought out Lacey Evans, who knocked Banks down with a Woman’s Right, sending Bayley running away. The segment was designed to turn Evans into a face as well, which would be the first time in her career on either of the main WWE rosters.
She certainly turned Banks’ head. Check out the knockout punch:
Opinion: That’s a different way to turn some people but it might be even more effective. The fans have seemed to want to cheer for Evans for the time being so switching her over isn’t the worst idea. Elias on the other hand….I’m not so sure on that one. WWE has tried going in this direction before and it didn’t have the best results. Maybe it can work better this time, but it isn’t the most inspiring prospect.
Which of these two will work better? Do you like these fast changes? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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