List of WWE Heel and Face Turns for 2017 | Smark Out Moment

List of WWE Heel and Face Turns for 2017

Posted by Anthony Mango Sunday, January 1, 2017
This list will keep track of all the official babyface turns and heel turns that happen in WWE for the year 2017.

At the beginning of this year, I've made some predictions for who I think will end up turning face or heel at some point. I won't be altering these predictions at all throughout the entire year, so it'll be interesting to see who I'm right and wrong about. Anybody who I'm right about, I'll strikethrough.

Keep in mind: when a babyface attacks another babyface, this is almost always a heel turn. When a heel attacks another heel, it doesn't hold the same meaning. Villains turning on villains does not make the beaten down person suddenly a hero, but the actions that come out of that dictate whether a turn happens or not.

  • Dolph Ziggler turned heel on SmackDown (1/3)
  • Mickie James turned heel on SmackDown (1/17)
  • Alicia Fox is now a heel after splitting from Cedric Alexander
  • Luke Harper solidified a face turn at the Royal Rumble
  • Chris Jericho transitioned to a babyface after Kevin Owens attacked him (2/13)
  • Randy Orton turned face on SmackDown (2/28)
  • Austin Aries solidified his slow babyface turn on Raw (3/6)
  • Dana Brooke turned face on Raw (3/13)
  • Mickie James transitioned to a babyface somewhere around WrestleMania
  • AJ Styles turned face on SmackDown (4/4)
  • TJ Perkins turned heel on Raw (4/10)
  • The Bollywood Boyz turned heel on SmackDown (4/18)
  • Charlotte Flair appears to be slowly turning face
  • Breezango have started working as babyfaces after becoming No. 1 contenders
  • Cesaro and Sheamus turned heel at Payback 2017
  • Goldust turned heel on Raw (5/15)
  • Tommaso Ciampa turned heel at NXT TakeOver: Chicago (5/20)
  • Hideo Itami turned heel on the NXT tapings for May 25th
  • Big Cass turned heel on Raw (6/19)
  • Titus O'Neil started to solidify a more babyface turn on Raw (7/3)
  • The Great Khali temporarily returned to WWE as a heel rather than his previous babyface status (Battleground 7/23)
  • SAnitY started to transition to a mostly babyface role around NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III in August
  • Bobby Roode made his debut on the SmackDown roster as a babyface rather than a heel (8/22)
  • Gentleman Jack Gallagher turned heel on 205 Live (9/12)
  • Goldust momentarily worked as a babyface against Bray Wyatt, but returned to a heel role on 9/25 
  • Enzo Amore turned heel on Monday Night Raw (9/26)
  • Sami Zayn turned heel at Hell in a Cell (10/8)
  • The Usos seemingly turned babyface on SmackDown (10/10)
  • Luke Harper returned as a heel on SmackDown (10/10)
  • Kane returned as a heel on Monday Night Raw (10/16)
  • Braun Strowman turned babyface at TLC (10/22)
  • PENDING: The Authors of Pain may be babyfaces now.
  • PENDING: The Hype Bros may be in the midst of a heel turn.
  • PENDING: The Ascension may be babyfaces now.
  • PENDING: Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin may be somewhat heel.

PREDICTIONS FOR FUTURE HEEL/FACE TURNS:

** ORIGINAL PREDICTIONS FROM JANUARY 1ST **

WILL TURN HEEL: Alicia Fox, Big Show, Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns (not both), Heath Slater, Paige, Rhyno, Sasha Banks, Tajiri or TJ Perkins (not both)

WILL TURN BABYFACE: Chris Jericho, Titus O'Neil, Tony Nese, Randy Orton

** UPDATED PREDICTIONS AFTER WRESTLEMANIA **

WILL TURN HEEL: Akira Tozawa, Aleister Black, Austin Aries, Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, Paige, Sasha Banks, Sheamus, TJ Perkins

WILL TURN BABYFACE: James Ellsworth, Natalya, Summer Rae

** UPDATED PREDICTIONS AFTER SUMMERSLAM **

WILL TURN HEEL: Bobby Roode, Jason Jordan, Luke Harper, Paige, Shelton Benjamin, Zack Ryder/Mojo Rawley

WILL TURN BABYFACE: Braun Strowman

** UPDATED PREDICTIONS AFTER SURVIVOR SERIES **

TBD

list of babyface turns and heel turns in WWE in 2017
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the head writer, host of Smack Talk, and founder/CEO/director of operations for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a writer, creative director/consultant, media manager and entertainer. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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