WWE Heel and Face Turns in 2021 List of Superstars Who Turned Babyface or Heel This Year | Smark Out Moment

This list will keep track of all the official babyface turns and heel turns that happen in WWE for the year 2021.

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, but I will be adding some revised guesses quarterly around the big events, so it'll be interesting to see who I'm right and wrong about. Anybody who I'm right about, I'll strike out.

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.

Also, sometimes, I update the heel and face index, but not as often as the updates you see below.

  • Isaiah "Swerve" Scott refused to shake Jake Atlas' hand in December, but hasn't gone full-blown "point of no return" heel yet in my mind. We can trace his heel turn back to then, though, as he's likely to be a heel going forward.
  • Billie Kay is all over the place. She's a sympathetic babyface-esque character who isn't fully one way or the other. Tweener for the start of 2021. We'll see where she ends up down the line.
  • Tamina is a heel again as she's been teaming more with Natalya.
  • Timothy Thatcher seems to be a babyface after teaming with Tommaso Ciampa in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament.
  • 1/27 - Jessi Kamea has been paired with Aliyah and booed heavily by the crowd in attendance at NXT, signifying she's now a heel, at least temporarily.
  • 1/29 - Shinsuke Nakamura turned babyface after helping Big E and Daniel Bryan fight off Sami Zayn, Cesaro and AJ Styles on SmackDown.
  • 1/29 - Sheamus is certainly a babyface at least at this point after coming out voluntarily to help babyfaces fight off heels in their 10-man tag team match on SmackDown.
  • 1/29 - Braun Strowman only attacked heels on SmackDown, so he may be a babyface again, too.
  • 2/1 - Sheamus turned heel with a Brogue Kick to Drew McIntyre on Monday Night Raw
  • 2/12 - Apollo Crews has teetered on a heel turn for a few weeks and pretty much sealed the deal here by interfering in Big E's match with Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 2/12 - Cesaro felt more like a babyface after fist-bumping Daniel Bryan. Now, after tagging with him and being booked as part of the babyface side of the Elimination Chamber six, it's pretty solid he's a babyface.
  • 2/14 - Seems like Adam Cole just turned heel on TakeOver: Vengeance Day by superkicking Finn Balor and Kyle O'Reilly 
  • 2/19 - Chad Gable and Otis turned heel on SmackDown by attacking Rey Mysterio after their match.
  • 3/5 - Buddy Murphy wants to align with Seth Rollins again, meaning he's back to being a heel.
  • 3/8 - If we're counting Shane McMahon, he's certainly a heel after the way he's treated Braun Strowman and then ran off like a coward.
  • 4/1 - Isla Dawn turned heel by attacking Emilia McKenzie to align herself with Kay Lee Ray
  • 4/1 - Kenny Williams turned heel by striking his tag team partner, Amir Jordan, with a NXT UK Tag Team Championship belt.
  • 4/5 - Rhea Ripley turned heel on Monday Night Raw by attacking Asuka during their tag team match.

PREDICTIONS FOR FUTURE HEEL/FACE TURNS:

** QUARTER 1 PREDICTIONS [FROM JANUARY 1] **

WILL TURN HEEL: Ashante "Thee" Adonis, Asuka, August Grey, Brian Kendrick, Dave Mastiff, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott, Isla Dawn, Kenny Williams, Kevin Owens, Naomi, Ricochet, Sasha Banks, Tamina

WILL TURN BABYFACE: Alexa Bliss, Bobby Lashley, Bray Wyatt, Cedric Alexander, MVP, Natalya, Peyton Royce, Shelton Benjamin

WILL BOUNCE AROUND BACK AND FORTH: Akira Tozawa, Charlotte Flair, Drew Gulak

** QUARTER 2 PREDICTIONS UPDATES [AFTER WRESTLEMANIA] **

WILL TURN HEEL: TBD

WILL TURN BABYFACE: TBD

WILL BOUNCE AROUND BACK AND FORTH: TBD

** QUARTER 3 PREDICTIONS UPDATES [BEFORE SUMMERSLAM] **

WILL TURN HEEL: TBD

WILL TURN BABYFACE: TBD

WILL BOUNCE AROUND BACK AND FORTH: TBD

** QUARTER 4 PREDICTIONS UPDATES [BEFORE SURVIVOR SERIES] **

WILL TURN HEEL: TBD

WILL TURN BABYFACE: TBD

WILL BOUNCE AROUND BACK AND FORTH: TBD

list of babyface turns and heel turns in WWE in 2021
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