November 17, 2017 by coachcarter717
Written by Carter Cotrupi
(Editor’s note: This article is the second of a two-part series. If you haven’t already, you can check out Shawn Eaton’s dream team selections here.)
Carter’s Face Team
Pick 1 (80s): Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
There’s no doubt, Ricky Steamboat wrote the definition of the term “babyface” during the entirety of his wrestling career, especially in his early WWF and WCW days. His Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship match against Macho Man Randy Savage was an instant classic. His in-ring skill even in the 1980s emulated the level of athleticism and agility displayed by superstars in pro wrestling today.
Pick 2 (90s): Mankind (Mick Foley)
If you ever want to see a grown man cry, show him Mankind’s first ever WWF Championship win over The Rock in January of 1999. Mick Foley was a genius for turning Mankind from a deprived, suffering soul to the Mr. Socko-wielding looney toon. Fans loved Mankind and I still do watching his old matches years later. He was everything that Vince McMahon didn’t want in a champion. 1998 Mankind might have some reservations about my next pick, but multiple falls off Hell in a Cell and a hundred tacks to the back makes the heart grow fonder, or something like that.
Pick 3 (00s): The Undertaker
I don’t think there was a single Face wrestler who could instill the level of fear and panic that The Undertaker did whenever his entrance music. Heels would pee their pants when the lights would cut, and the chilling bell would sound. The look on the face of any Heel when they turn around to face the Dead Man is priceless. Give me plenty of that on my Survivor Series team.
Pick 4 (10s): Finn Balor
This was a tougher pick to make when making this list a couple weeks ago, but the sudden Sami Zayn Heel turn disqualified him from this list and bounced Finn Balor straight to the top. Besides the fact that he has a demon alter ego, Balor is one of the more complex Faces in the WWE right now. His wrestling style is aggressive and hard-hitting which was a rarity in the early 2000s but seems to be working for a lot of the younger Face wrestlers in the professional scene. Give me “The Demon King” Finn Balor to work alongside The Undertaker as they stretch the idea of what it means to be a Face.
Pick 5 (Wildcard): Ricochet
My wildcard pick is a guy that’s been floating around the indie wrestling scene for the past few years. From Lucha Underground to NJPW, Ricochet has taken on many personas (“King Ricochet”, “Prince Puma”). The demand for his insane acrobatic and athletic skill was so great that he had to fight Lucha Underground to let him wrestle in other promotions because they wanted his talent all to themselves. Not to mention this guy is such a Babyface that he publicly defended Roman Reigns earlier this year when the WWE Universe was at its peak hatred for Reigns’ character. Big heart. Great smile. Welcome to the Face team.
Manager: Shawn Michaels
So, my pick for the Face team manager is not someone famous for being a manager but is known for his work in-ring. As a WWE Hall-Of-Famer, Michaels has the experience to be a true veteran leader. However, my pick is more so based on his ability to still hit his signature moves despite his age. Take into account his chaotic and hysterical days as part of D-Generation X and the possibility to see him hit a Sweet Chin Music on the opposing team’s manager is just too good to pass up.
Carter’s Heel Team
Pick 1 (80s): Jake “The Snake” Roberts
When you have Jake Roberts on your team, you know you have a package deal. Inside that burlap bag on ringside is Damien, the snake Roberts used to psych-out and brutally punish his opponents. A master of psychological warfare, Roberts is more than capable of holding his own in a Survivor Series Heel team.
Pick 2 (90s): Eddie Guerrero
While his 2005 Rey-Mysterio obsessed heel turn is some of the best Heel work in wrestling history, 90s Heel Eddie Guerrero planted the seeds for the later Latino Heat to tear through the WWF/E. Latino Heat was a high-flyer (and a damn good one at that), but he was also able to exchange punches with the rest of them, making him a vital piece to any good team.
Pick 3 (00s): Edge
In the early 2000s, Edge nearly flopped completely as a Babyface. It would take halfway through the decade until the WWE finally smartened up and turned him Heel. The rest as they say, was history. From pioneering the first ever Tables-Ladders-Chairs match to his feud with Matt Hardy, Edge had the technical expertise and power to back his confidence and swagger.
Pick 4 (10s): The Miz
Besides being a technically sound wrestler in the ring, The Miz is larger than life on the mic. You talk about people on the current WWE roster that draw the most heat and Miz has to be at the top of that list. Playing the cowardly but opportunistic Heel, Miz is a great fit for my Survivor Series team built on sneaky tactics and mind games.
Pick 5 (Wildcard): Lars Sullivan
Okay, so I didn’t stretch too far for my wildcard pick. Lars Sullivan from NXT is a combination of brute strength and explosiveness. Maybe he won’t play well with others when it comes to working inside a team, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t one of the most freakish athletes in NXT right now. His promo about how he has total control over unleashing his rage in-ring was incredible. Behind that hulking mass of pure muscle is the brain of an evil genius which makes him the deadliest anchor my Heel team could ask for.
Manager: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
My first look at the personality of Bobby Heenan was through a drunk-driving PSA that was always played in during our college hockey radio broadcasts at UML (shout-out to Al Salucco, aka Squish, aka Jersey Mike). His message went a little something like this:
“I’m Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. And whether you like me or not, I don’t care. But if you drink and you drive then you’re dumb, and you’re stupid…”
That’s Bobby Heenan’s persona in a nutshell. He’s a guy that would drop the most epic promo dismantling his client’s opponent(s) and leave nothing unsaid. He would look you right in the eyes whether you were in the ring or in the locker room and tell you why he thinks you’re an oversaturated piece of garbage. Brutal honesty and charisma bordering on insanity is why the addition of The Brain to this Survivor Series team makes it an unstoppable force.
Rest in peace, Bobby Heenan.