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14th Jun '17 1:32:27 PM PF
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The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later. Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants as did an interview with him about them.[[note]]Though it was sort of in kayfabe[[/note]]

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The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the The Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later. Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants as did an interview with him about them.[[note]]Though it was sort of in kayfabe[[/note]]
14th Jun '17 1:29:35 PM PF
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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career as "Rocky Maivia" when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. The fact that he was still very green in the ring and that his gimmick was that of a squeaky-clean third-generation superstar didn't help matters. After he received a FaceHeelTurn, which added some edge to his character and allowed him to cut loose with his formidable mic skills, The Rock was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploded into a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him,[[note]]Leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]].[[/note]] his epic feud with Wrestling/JohnCena had the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.\\

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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career as "Rocky Maivia" when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. The fact that he was still very green in the ring and that his gimmick was that of a squeaky-clean third-generation superstar didn't help matters. After he received a FaceHeelTurn, which added some edge to his character and allowed him to cut loose with his formidable mic skills, The Rock was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploded into a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him,[[note]]Leaving him,[[note]]For leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, and saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]].[[/note]] his epic feud with Wrestling/JohnCena had the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.\\
14th Jun '17 1:26:42 PM PF
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The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later. Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants as did an interview with him about them.[[note]]Though it was sort of in kayfabe[[/note]].

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The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later. Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants as did an interview with him about them.[[note]]Though it was sort of in kayfabe[[/note]]. kayfabe[[/note]]
14th Jun '17 1:21:10 PM PF
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* Most fans may remember The Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan as one of the top midcard heels of his era, and the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in history. In actuality, he got his start in the WWF as a babyface, with fans refusing to buy into the idea of an Elvis impersonator as a good guy. After a series of "Vote of Confidence" promos and an actual poll where the fans, as expected, weren't behind him, he was turned heel and the rest is history.

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* Most fans may remember The Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan as one of the top midcard heels of his era, and the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in history. In actuality, What they may not know is that he actually got his start in the WWF as a babyface, with fans refusing to buy into the idea of an Elvis impersonator as a good guy. After a series of "Vote of Confidence" promos and an actual poll where the fans, as expected, weren't behind him, he was turned heel and the rest is history.



* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[Wrestling/BigBossman Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way. He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when he wore a prison guard outfit). Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working a security guard style gimmick) started out alright but turned awful as he was pushed up the card--he really shouldn't have been in the ring by that point, and his KarmaHoudini heel run also killed any interest that fans might have had in seeing him.

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* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[Wrestling/BigBossman Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way. He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when run.[[note]]When he wore a prison guard outfit). outfit.[[/note]] Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) Traylor), while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working run, where he had a security guard style gimmick) gimmick, started out alright but turned awful as he was pushed up the card--he really shouldn't have been in the ring by that point, and his card. His KarmaHoudini heel run also killed any interest that fans might have had in seeing him.



* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career as "Rocky Maivia" when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. The fact that he was still very green in the ring and that his gimmick was that of a squeaky-clean third-generation superstar didn't help matters. After he received a FaceHeelTurn, which added some edge to character and allowed him to cut loose with his formidable mic skills, The Rock was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploded into a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him (leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]]), his epic feud with Wrestling/JohnCena had the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.
** The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later. Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants and did an interview with him about them (though it was sort of in kayfabe). This could've been a sign that they were going to use them as a reason for The Rock's heel turn.

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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career as "Rocky Maivia" when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. The fact that he was still very green in the ring and that his gimmick was that of a squeaky-clean third-generation superstar didn't help matters. After he received a FaceHeelTurn, which added some edge to his character and allowed him to cut loose with his formidable mic skills, The Rock was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploded into a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him (leaving him,[[note]]Leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]]), Rock]].[[/note]] his epic feud with Wrestling/JohnCena had the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.
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The FaceHeelTurn is a rare example of the WWF actually playing to the X-Pac Heat. The week after the Rock's heel turn, he cut a promo addressing the chants, being the kayfabe reason he joined Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, naming the actual chants he was getting. He recycled this promo somewhat when he joined The Corporation a year later. Prior to the heel turn, Wrestling/JimRoss even addressed his concerns about them on air, saying that he wasn't able to understand the reasoning why the fans were giving him such heat. An article in ''WWF Magazine'' also addressed the chants and as did an interview with him about them (though them.[[note]]Though it was sort of in kayfabe). This could've been a sign that they were going to use them as a reason for The Rock's heel turn.kayfabe[[/note]].



* There actually seems to be a growing issue in wrestling in which X-Pac Heat is becoming the only way a wrestler can get the fans to boo them. The wrestling fandom in general has gotten far smarkier over the years, as the increased prevalence of the Internet makes it almost impossible for casual fans and smarks to ''not'' interact. In turn, smarks tend to cheer whoever they find more entertaining rather than simply cheer for the face and boo the heel as the booking dictates. To make it worse, it's far easier to book a face poorly than it is to book a heel poorly, thus faces are more likely to receive X-Pac Heat[[note]]Along with it being easier to tell if it is X-Pac Heat, since heels [[HateSink are supposed to be booed]][[/note]] (as you'll see, many of the wrestlers listed on this page were faces when they received this reaction).

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* There actually seems to be a growing issue in wrestling in which X-Pac Heat is becoming the only way a wrestler can get the fans to boo them. The wrestling fandom in general has gotten far smarkier over the years, as the increased prevalence of the Internet makes it almost impossible for casual fans and smarks to ''not'' interact. In turn, smarks tend to cheer whoever they find more entertaining rather than simply cheer for the face and boo the heel as the booking dictates. To make it worse, it's far easier to book a face poorly than it is to book a heel poorly, thus faces are more likely to receive X-Pac Heat[[note]]Along Heat.[[note]]Along with it being easier to tell if it is X-Pac Heat, since heels [[HateSink are supposed to be booed]][[/note]] (as you'll see, many of the wrestlers listed on this page were faces when they received this reaction).booed]].[[/note]]
14th Jun '17 12:50:38 PM brc2000
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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career as "Rocky Maivia" when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. The fact that he was still very green in the ring and that his gimmick was that of a squeaky-clean third-generation superstar didn't help matters. After he received a FaceHeelTurn, which reduced his time on camera and allowed him to cut loose with his formidable mic skills, The Rock was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploded into a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him (leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]]), his epic feud with Wrestling/JohnCena had the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.

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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] ran into this early in his career as "Rocky Maivia" when he was so pushed and overexposed as the next big thing that fans got sick of him almost from the moment he appeared. The fact that he was still very green in the ring and that his gimmick was that of a squeaky-clean third-generation superstar didn't help matters. After he received a FaceHeelTurn, which reduced his time on camera added some edge to character and allowed him to cut loose with his formidable mic skills, The Rock was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and exploded into a true star. Even after a brief period of the crowd growing cold on him (leaving wrestling, appearing in some terrible movies, saying that [[DoNotCallMePaul he didn't want to be referred to as The Rock]]), his epic feud with Wrestling/JohnCena had the crowd almost entirely on his side, despite supposedly being the heel.
13th Jun '17 6:17:01 PM Gimere
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* Rush nicely demonstrates how "tecnico" and "babyface" don't always mesh. He kept the tecnico designation even as he was getting booed more than most rudos. After teaming with the fast falling star of La Sombra, they became the most hated men in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, and were often booked in the manner of heels (while still insisting they were different kinds of tecnicos).

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* Rush nicely demonstrates how "tecnico" "técnico" and "babyface" don't always mesh. He kept the tecnico técnico designation even as he was getting booed more than most rudos. After teaming with the fast falling star of La Sombra, they became the most hated men in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, and were often booked in the manner of heels (while still insisting they were different kinds of tecnicos).técnicos).



* Wrestling/RomanReigns:

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* Wrestling/RomanReigns:Wrestling/RomanReigns has become such an extreme case of X-Pac Heat that he makes a strong case for being the MostTriumphantExample, to the point where it may soon be possible to rename the trope "Reigns Heat":



** Roman is by now such an extreme case of this that he makes a strong case for being the MostTriumphantExample, to the point where it may soon be possible to rename the trope "Reigns Heat". Roman actually has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persona_and_reception_of_Roman_Reigns a second page]] on TheOtherWiki dedicated to cataloguing his career trajectory thanks to the extraordinary levels of hatred he's received. The reason is that in Roman's case WWE are fully aware that he's massively hated, but rather than attempt to correct it as they have with unpopular wrestlers in the past, they've intentionally adopted a "sod you" mentality, repeatedly forcing him down the throats of the unwilling and unhappy audience out of spite and attempting to restructure the narrative to [[InsaneTrollLogic portray Roman as the most-successful wrestler in the company]] because he gets the biggest and most-passionate reactions, irrespective of the fact that he's getting ''completely the wrong ones.'' They're basically [[IRejectYourReality denying the existence of]] XPacHeat because of a stubborn refusal to be dictated to by the fans. On the bright side, despite being booked as a face, Roman is now capable of getting ''any'' wrestler cheered like a hero, even the brutal [[WrestlingMonster Monster Among Men]] Wrestling/BraunStrowman, making him [[ViolationOfCommonSense possibly the greatest heel to ever be a face]].

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** Roman is by now such an extreme case of this that he makes a strong case for being the MostTriumphantExample, to the point where it may soon be possible to rename the trope "Reigns Heat". Roman actually has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persona_and_reception_of_Roman_Reigns a second page]] on TheOtherWiki dedicated to cataloguing his career trajectory thanks to the extraordinary levels of hatred he's received. The reason is that in Roman's case WWE are fully aware that he's massively hated, but rather than attempt to correct it as they have with unpopular wrestlers in the past, they've intentionally adopted a "sod you" mentality, repeatedly forcing him down the throats of the unwilling and unhappy audience out of spite and attempting to restructure the narrative to [[InsaneTrollLogic portray Roman as the most-successful wrestler in the company]] because he gets the biggest and most-passionate reactions, irrespective of the fact that he's getting ''completely the wrong ones.'' They're basically [[IRejectYourReality denying the existence of]] XPacHeat X-Pac Heat because of a stubborn refusal to be dictated to by the fans. On the bright side, despite being booked as a face, Roman is now capable of getting ''any'' wrestler cheered like a hero, even the brutal [[WrestlingMonster Monster Among Men]] Wrestling/BraunStrowman, making him [[ViolationOfCommonSense possibly the greatest heel to ever be a face]].



* There actually seems to be a growing issue in wrestling in which X-Pac Heat is becoming the only way a wrestler can get the fans to boo them. The wrestling fandom in general has gotten far smarkier over the years, as the increased prevalence of the Internet makes it almost impossible for casual fans and smarks to ''not'' interact. In turn, smarks tend to cheer whoever they find more entertaining rather than simply cheer for the face and boo the heel as the booking dictates. To make it worse, it's far easier to book a face poorly than it is to book a heel poorly, thus faces are more likely to receive X-Pac Heat[[note]]Along with it being easier to tell if it's X-Pac Heat, since heels [[HateSink are supposed to be booed]][[/note]] (as you'll see, many of the wrestlers listed on this page were faces when they received this reaction).

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* There actually seems to be a growing issue in wrestling in which X-Pac Heat is becoming the only way a wrestler can get the fans to boo them. The wrestling fandom in general has gotten far smarkier over the years, as the increased prevalence of the Internet makes it almost impossible for casual fans and smarks to ''not'' interact. In turn, smarks tend to cheer whoever they find more entertaining rather than simply cheer for the face and boo the heel as the booking dictates. To make it worse, it's far easier to book a face poorly than it is to book a heel poorly, thus faces are more likely to receive X-Pac Heat[[note]]Along with it being easier to tell if it's it is X-Pac Heat, since heels [[HateSink are supposed to be booed]][[/note]] (as you'll see, many of the wrestlers listed on this page were faces when they received this reaction).



28th May '17 8:32:19 PM McJeff
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* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[Wrestling/BigBossman Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way. He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when he wore a prison guard outfit). Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working a security guard style gimmick) got mixed reactions, with fans divided between those who saw him being an effective heel and one of the better holders of the Hardcore title and those who believed that he probably shouldn't have been in the ring at that point and that his KarmaHoudini heel run killed any interest that they might have had in seeing him.

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* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[Wrestling/BigBossman Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way. He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when he wore a prison guard outfit). Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working a security guard style gimmick) got mixed reactions, with fans divided between those who saw him being an effective heel and one of started out alright but turned awful as he was pushed up the better holders of the Hardcore title and those who believed that he probably card--he really shouldn't have been in the ring at by that point point, and that his KarmaHoudini heel run also killed any interest that they fans might have had in seeing him.
24th May '17 10:43:26 AM brc2000
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* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[Wrestling/BigBossman Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way. He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when he wore a prison guard outfit). Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working a security guard style gimmick) was just awful--he really shouldn't have been in the ring by that point, and his KarmaHoudini heel run also killed any interest that fans might have had in seeing him.

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* The term "X-Pac Heat" was originally called "[[Wrestling/BigBossman Bossman Heat]]". The term began to lose usage when X-Pac's level of, well, X-Pac Heat eclipsed Bossman's, and it was pretty much completely retired with Ray Traylor's real life death, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead out of respect for the man]]. To explain this a little more, Bossman may have been a boring wrestler, but he was well known for being one of the most popular guys in any locker room, he donated massive amounts of money and personal time to charity, and his death was discovered by his wife in a particularly heartbreaking way. He was also a damn fine worker during his original WWF run (when he wore a prison guard outfit). Then he jumped to WCW and suffered through a string of lousy gimmicks (The Guardian Angel, The Boss, Big Bubba and finally, just Ray Traylor) while the injuries caught up with him and his body broke down. His second WWF run (working a security guard style gimmick) was just awful--he really got mixed reactions, with fans divided between those who saw him being an effective heel and one of the better holders of the Hardcore title and those who believed that he probably shouldn't have been in the ring by at that point, point and that his KarmaHoudini heel run also killed any interest that fans they might have had in seeing him.
23rd May '17 7:04:10 PM candleeater
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* Rush nicely demonstrates how "tecnico" and "babyface" don't always mesh. He kept the tecnico designation even as he was getting booed more than most rudos. After teaming with the fast falling star of La Sombra, they became the most hated men in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, and were often booked in the manner of heels (while still insisting they were different kinds of tecnicos).
17th May '17 9:33:04 AM McJeff
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** She seems to have decided to follow in Lita's footsteps and leave wrestling over the negative reactions. She never returned to WWE television after receiving a wellness policy violation, and opted not to return to Total Divas as well.
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