5 times fans turned on WWE superstars
Which particular instances of faces becoming hated stood out?
Fans are, in essence, free to cheer and jeer whomever they want, whenever they want, including John Cena and Roman Reigns. The fans' sharing of their discontent with a certain Superstar helps, in some instances, to dictate the direction of the character for the future.
Over the course of history, there have been characters that have initially been faces, such as The New Day and the Honky Tonk Man, that ultimately turned due to the rejection of the fans. These turns actually helped catapult them forward, as they became must-see acts that fans looked forward to seeing and despising.
In a number of instances, fans didn't buy what certain acts were selling. Perhaps because they wanted someone else in their place, or the characters came across as too over the top and unrealistic, they felt insulted and made the faces into heels through their reactions.
Which instances of faces becoming hated stand out? Here are five times fans turned on WWE Superstars.
#5 Batista @ Royal Rumble 2014
In 2013, Batista made a long-awaited return to WWE, and when he initially rejoined the roster, Batista was very well liked by the fans. His look had changed somewhat, as his weightlifter's physique had been replaced with a leaner look.
He had also embraced MMA and had clearly added that to his repertoire of moves in the ring. Batista's initial feud was against former WWE champion Alberto Del Rio, and it was as though Del Rio was being fed to the wolves.
This program was intended to be a stepping stone to bigger things, and indeed it was. The Animal defeated Del Rio and announced he was going to be entering the 2014 Royal Rumble.
His entry, however, was met somewhat unfavorably by the fans, and that response escalated when the Rumble came around. As the match drew to a close, and Batista was one of the final two men, along with Roman Reigns, fans were clearly behind Reigns and not Batista.
The fans in attendance were already disappointed that Daniel Bryan was not in the Rumble, and when it became clear Batista was the inevitable victor, they became even angrier.
As soon as Reigns was eliminated, a huge chorus of boos was let out as the fans showed their displeasure, turning the babyface Batista into an instant heel.