Anthony from Melbourne
Perhaps a touchy subject but can a wrestler particularly in the current WWE system generate good heal heat?
I ask because some recent examples really shine a light on how hard it is for a wrestler to get proper heat in todays wrestling.
There is a fine line of being politically correct and generating heat, take for example Action Andretti who sexually belittled Tay in his first promo against JAS, that may have worked a decade ago but these days it come off as inappropriate.
I thought the last real heel of the modern era was Bully Ray until MJF come along, he is not afraid to go hard at the fans as well as his opponent, referencing things like your mum, obesity, being misogynistic, etc. but are these things politically correct or socially acceptable?
MJF is an example of a modern day heel who can to tow the line of being politically incorrect while still not being offensive to the point of creating a scandal. To me it seems you can’t be completely socially acceptable or you won’t truly generate heat for a prolonged period of time.
Lacy Evens had yet another mishap with her re-re-re-debut when she refused to hi-five a fan who had a disability but is that a step too far, or a good way to generate heat?
It seems WWE won’t allow wrestlers to belittle fans, unless its their home town sports team of course, which really restricts their ability to generate heat.
Roman Reigns was able to finally generate some serious heat after beating the Undertaker but he was unable to sustain heat and as good of a character he is now, it will be the same after his Sami feud is completed, people are already worried the fans will turn on Cody at mania.
The loss of kayfabe is also a big factor but even fans that appreciate Bully Ray or MJF will still boo them, why can’t other heels manage the same?
Sorry for the length, the TL;DR version:
How can wrestlers effectively generate sustained heat without crossing the line?