The title of the blog says it all. While watching Summerslam I got the idea of this blog after the Sheamus-Del Rio match. Since my job (in the WWE ran by Angela) is Executive Vice President of Talent Heel/Face turns, I decided to finally do my job. First, let's take a look at what a double-turn is for anyone who doesn't know. A double-turn is when a face and a heel become complete opposites either during a feud or after a match. I only know of two double-turns in WWE history. The first was 1988 at Survivor Series involving The Powers of Pain (Barbarian and Warlord) and Demolition. The Powers of Pain were faces while Demoltion were heels but things changed at Survivor Series 1988 when Mr. Fuji attacked Demoltion and sided with the Powers of Pain. The other occurrance happened at Wresltemania 13 with Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin was a heel while Hart was a face. This was the infamous match when Austin passed out due to a significant amount of blood loss. I will never forget the image of Austin reaching for the ropes while in the Sharpshooter and seeing the blood stream down his face. Back to the point, Austin never tapped out so guest referee Ken Shamrock stopped the match. Hart continued to attack Austin after the match, thus completing the rare double-turn. Before I answer whether or not WWE could do a double-turn, let's take a look at what is required to pull off such a rare feat.
The first thing I think would work best but is not required is a champion involved. I would prefer for the champion to be face because I think it would definitely work better that way. The champion face has to be someone who either has proven to be a great heel or could potentially be a great heel that can create tremendous heat. WWE probably knew Hart could be a great heel as he was a heel once before while with the Hart Foundation.
The next thing a double-turn needs is a heel who happens to be over with the crowd. This is required because once the double-turn is complete that wrestler would be required to get great pops from the crowd. WWE had this with Austin as he had that "it" factor that allowed him to get over with the crowd even while being a heel.
Knowing how smoothly the Austin-Hart double-turn was, I know WWE could do it again if they decided to pull the trigger and I saw a perfect opportunity on Sunday. I don't think Alberto Del Rio is the right man for a double-turn as no one is sure if he can get the reaction needed from the crowd as a face. However, if WWE made the right moves, we could see the double-turn happen. The way I would do it since I am the Executive Vice President of Talent Heel/Face Turns is by having Sheamus remain champion. I would have him remain champion and get victories like he got on Sunday, by cheating. That's right I said by cheating. Have him do whatever it takes to win, (using exposed turnbuckle, feet on the ropes, grabbing the tights, retaining by count out or DQ). We have seen Sheamus as a heel and I'd like to think that he was a damn good one. He's been a face for over a year and I think it's time to go in another direction with him.
Since I don't think Del Rio can be the face needed for a double-turn, the man whom I think is happens to be none other than the Showoff himself, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler plays a heel character now, but he gets most of his heat because of Vickie Guerrero. I don't know if you all have noticed but listen the next time Ziggler's music starts to play after Vickie gets done talking. You will hear a good amount of cheers, cheers for whatever reason. Take Vickie away from Dolph and I think he would be full-time face. Getting back to the topic, the opportunity for the rare double-turn may not be now, but it is very soon. I say this because Dolph still has the MITB briefcase so they could have him cash it in on Sheamus and win and after the match Sheamus could be in such a rage so he continues to attack Ziggler after the match, almost like the Hart-Austin double-turn. The next week on Smackdown Sheamus could bitch, moan, and complain about how he was robbed and demand his guranteed rematch. In the rematch have Ziggler retain the title and in the weeks after that have Sheamus play the role Christian played when he was the champion. He could hide behind lawyers, add a stipulation that he could retain on dq or count out, whatever was needed to make the crowd think he's nothing but a crybaby.
If things were done similar to this, I think WWE could very well pull off another double-turn. It has been 15 years since the last double-turn and I think something like that could be huge, if done right and with the right people. As always let me know what you guys think and if a double-turn is possible, necessary, and if so who should it consist of.
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