5 Times babyfaces received heel reactions from fans
There's a long-standing rule when it comes to portraying characters in professional wrestling. The guy who's supposed to be a babyface should do things that would make the crowd cheer for him, while the heel is required to perform dastardly acts so as to garner a negative reaction from the fans.
By the mid-90s, fans had gotten tired of clear-cut babyfaces and heels, and this resulted in WWE and WCW coming up with anti-heroes like Stone Cold Steve Austin, D-Generation X, and nWo. Over the past several decades, we have seen several instances where fans completely turned on a babyface and decided to voice their opinion by booing the heroes.
Let's take a look at 5 occasions when a traditional babyface was booed out of the building by the fans.
#5 Bayley gets booed in Toronto
Back in NXT, Bayley was one of the most beloved Superstars and was a hit among the young fans. She was incredibly well received by the fans when she made her way to the main roster in 2016. At WrestleMania 33, Bayley successfully defended her Women's title against Nia Jax, Charlotte Flair, and Sasha Banks. After dropping the title to Alexa Bliss, Bayley earned a shot for the same at SummerSlam, but suffered a shoulder injury which deemed her unable to compete.
An in-ring segment featuring Bayley and interviewer Charlie Caruso saw the Toronto crowd booing The Hugger. As Bayley talked about how her fans' support helped her get through the past week, the live crowd showered her with boos. Bayley went on to acknowledge the boos, which only made matters worse for her, as the reaction grew stronger. This prompted announcer Corey Graves to refer to the act as a “bizarro world here in Toronto.”