Dot Net Awards: 2014 Best Heel
Dot Net readers voted on a variety of 2014 awards throughout the month of January. The following are the results of our poll for Best Heel. Thanks to everyone who took part in the voting. You can check out the past winners in our Awards section.
(1) Seth Rollins: 45 percent
(2) Paul Heyman: 19 percent
(3) Stephanie McMahon: 8 percent
(4) Brock Lesnar: 7 percent
(5) Bray Wyatt: 5 percent
Others: 16 percent
Jason Powell's Thoughts: Can I give Lesnar and Heyman the award for their work together? That's the best heel act in the industry, and the amazing part about it is that they rarely do anything all that heelish. How many times do you actually see either man cheat? Lesnar is the badass bully who backs up what he says. Heyman is the mouthpiece of the badass bully who gets under your skin in part because most of what he tells viewers about Lesnar is actually true. Rollins became a great heel by the end of 2014. He's awesome at what he does and while he finishes behind the Lesnar and Heyman package this year, I could definitely see him surpassing the duo in 2015. Finally, Stephanie McMahon earned her spot at No. 3. She showed tremendous improvement in promos and showed a quick wit in responding to crowd chants.
Will Pruett's Thoughts: When Seth Rollins turned on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, I was among the doubters. He was the last guy in The Shield I would have picked to turn heel. Little did I know he would end up being the perfect choice. In the wasteland that was the last half of the year in WWE, Rollins proved to be the highlight. He was conniving. He was cowardly. He was downright unfair. He used the advantage given to him by The Authority perfectly. Rollins was the epitome of heel-ish-ness in 2014.
Jake Barnett's Thoughts: This one is an easy pick. It's Seth Rollins. He has managed to be universally hated by the entire WWE audience in a climate where Paul Heyman occasionally gets a cheer or two. He has grown into his heel character to the point where at the end of 2014 it felt like he was the lynchpin of the whole show. WWE doesn't have many credible, well-articulated heels, and for that reason Rollins has shone more brightly than the rest of the crowd.
Zack Zimmerman's Thoughts: Seth Rollins - I was as concerned as anyone when the Shield split and Rollins went heel, but I'll admit I was wrong. Again, he's almost always overscripted and his creative direction sometimes leaves something to be desired, but again, that's the fault of the WWE model. He was the one consistent heel on the WWE roster who can be relied on to deliver big week after week. And on top of that, he's over with the fans as a heel (which is an accomplishment within the WWE model I speak of). Honorable mentions to Rusev and Lana, Adam Cole, and Tyson Kidd in NXT.
Darren Gutteridge's Thoughts: If Wyatt had carried through his early year momentum, he'd have swept this up. But unfortunately he started to become meandering with his promo work, so for sheer consistency over 2014, I'm going with Seth Rollins. Constantly called upon to be both an in-ring go-to guy, and the front line face of the biggest heel faction (the Authority), Rollins shone when everything around him for the most part didn't.
Haydn Gleed's Thoughts: Again, no surprises here, the award has to go to Seth Rollins. His act as the sneaky heel is done so well, and this comes from someone who, when the Shield broke up, was concerned his in-ring style was too babyface for him to get over as a heel. People will pay to watch someone get their hands on the guy and kick his ass, but are entertained by him at the same time. He's the sort of wrestler that you wish would turn away from the cheating and the heel tactics so you can cheer him. I would like to say that Stephanie McMahon has been outstanding in her role as a heel in 2014, but doesn't get any consideration to win the award simply because her act as a whole is bad for business, but I wanted to note the great heel performances she is put in during 2014, probably the best of her career.
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