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Villains Are Not All The Same

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

Over the years and decades, the world of professional wrestling has seen more of its fair share of villains. Truth be told, we've seen wrestlers take their villainous characters to levels nobody ever would have anticipated. However, if you're going to portray a bad guy, you might as well be the meanest bad guy you can possibly be. It's about getting the crowd to hate you. For a villain, the meaner he is, the more he's hated, the better.

There have been times where bad-guy wrestlers have received death threats or even been threatened and/or attacked in public! Especially in the 1970s and 1980s when fans believed that villainous wrestlers were villains outside the ring, as well. Granted, a lot of bad-guy wrestlers always stayed in character. "Dr. D" David Schultz is the perfect example of a pro wrestler who never broke out of his on-screen persona.

When we think of well-known villains in the world of professional wrestling, many names come to mind. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Nikolai Volkoff, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Mr. McMahon, Ted DiBiase, Triple H, Razor Ramon, The Miz, Mr. Perfect, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Randy Orton, Macho Man Randy Savage, and the list goes on. Of course, today, we have Maxwell Jacob Friendman who's a fantastic heel and is very skilled at being an asshole. That's his job and he's real good at it.

Believe it or not, even though villainous wrestlers all have the same goal of making the fans hate them, villainous wrestlers are not all the same. Obviously, they portray different characters and hold themselves differently, but it's beyond that. The way they portray themselves easily makes strong differences.

For example, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Nature Boy" Ric Flair are both considered to be the most infamous villain in front of the camera. To be honest, many wrestling fans will get into debates on who out of the two is the bigger villain. Yes, the debates can get heated because believe it or not, wrestling fans do actually argue!

However, as great of a villain as both are and no doubt, two of the biggest villains in the business, they're both different kinds of villains. I always describe Flair as the rich and arrogant dude. Flair was known as "the dirtiest player in the game" due to the villainous tactics he utilized. Piper, on the other hand, I describe as an out-of-control freak with a skill at creating mayhem and chaos. I like to say Piper was like Batman's arch-nemesis, The Joker! Knowing Piper, there's no doubt, his chaotic out-of-control persona was unique. The fans absolutely loved it! In addition, I jokingly say that Piper was perfectly capable of driving Flair crazy! RIP Roddy.

Let's take a look at "Ravishing" Rick Rude. Rude truly is the top five best villains of all time. A narcissistic and arrogant persona that was managed by perhaps the greatest manager of all time, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Rude was known for insulting the males in the crowd and even kissing ladies from the audience. Rude was such a fantastic heel that he was paired with feuds with top baby-face (good guy) wrestlers such as Jake "The Snake" Roberts, The Junkyard Dog, Ultimate Warrior, and even Hulk Hogan. At one point, Rude even had a feud with Piper after Piper became a good guy.

The last heel I want to talk about is Mr. McMahon. The Mr. McMahon character was born after the infamous Montreal Screwjob at the 1997 Survivor Series. Believe it or not, Vince McMahon used to perform color commentary before fans were 100 percent aware that he was the owner of the company. The Mr. McMahon character is something that had never been seen before in the world of pro wrestling; an evil billionaire boss. Wrestling fans remember well all the things we've seen Mr. McMahon has done or is responsible for. But at the end of the day, we all know that Vince McMahon was simply giving the fans something to enjoy.

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