Pro-wrestling has its own terminology for many things including how they describe heroes and villains in their storytelling. Heroes are referred to as babyfaces, or simply faces, in pro-wrestling while villains are referred to as heels.
Turning from a face to heel or a heel to face is a big moment for a wrestler in terms of impactful moments, storytelling, and audience reception. These turns are important because if handled properly, they could propel a wrestler to greatness or will set them up for doom.
Check out the details of all the WWE superstars who turned heel or face in WWE in 2021.
WWE Heels Turns in 2021
- Mustafa Ali: 11 October 2021 – Ali turned on Mansoor by attacking him backstage.
- Shelton Benjamin: 27 September 2021 – Benjamin has turned back heel after joining Hurt Business.
- Humberto Carrillo: 20 September 2021 – Carrillo has turned heel after joining Angel Garza in a tag team.
- Andre Chase: 14 September 2021 – Chase is working as a heel going forward with his new Andre Chase University gimmick.
- Carmelo Hayes: 14 September 2021 – Hayes has turned heel after joining Trick Williams.
- Elektra Lopez: 24 August 2021 – Lopez turned heel by joining Legado Del Fantasma.
- Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jane: 24 August 2021 – Rose is working as a heel on NXT return and Dolin & Jane has joined her stable.
- Becky Lynch: 21 August 2021 – “The Man” returned to WWE at SmackDown and is reportedly working as a heel after a squash win over Bianca Belair.
- Sasha Banks: 30 July 2021 – Sasha Banks attacked Bianca Belair after a tag team match with her.
- Diamond Mine(Roderick Strong, Hideki Suzuki, Tyler Rust): 6 July 2021- Roderick Strong came back in the Diamond Mine Heel stable with Hideki Suzuki and Tyler Rust with Malcolm Bivens as their manager at NXT Great American Bash.
- Jinder Mahal, Veer & Shanky: 10 May 2021- Jinder Mahal returned to WWE RAW with Veer and Shanky and the trio is working as heels.
- Hit-Row(AJ Francis, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Briana Brandy): 5 May 2021- These three wrestlers appeared to help out Isiah Swerve Scott, which puts them in a heel role.
- Charlotte Flair: 12 April 2021- Charlotte Flair returned to RAW and cut a heel promo taking shots at Rhea Ripley and Asuka.
- Edge: 21 March 2021- Edge has likely turned heel after attacking Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns during their Universal title match at Fastlane 2021 PPV.
- Buddy Murphy: 5 March 2021- Murphy is heel once again now as he looked to align with Seth Rollins again.
- Chad Gable & Otis: 19 February 2021- The Alpha Academy pair turned heel on SmackDown after attacking Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio after their tag team match.
- Apollo Crew: 19 February 2021- Crews has been teasing heel traits since January but turned completely after attacking Shinsuke Nakamura and then Intercontinental Champion Big E.
- Isiah “Swerve” Scott: 17 February 2021- Scott attacked Leon Ruff is working as a heel.
- Adam Cole: 14 February 2021- Adam Cole superkicked Finn Balor and then his own stablemate Kyle O’ Rielly at NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day 2021.
- Sheamus: 1 February 2021- Sheamus attacked WWE Champion Drew McIntyre with a Brogue kick to complete his heel turn once again. He was swinging between heel and face in the last few months.
- Tamina: 5 February 2021- Tamina started teaming up with Natalya who was working as a heel.
- Jessi Kamea: 27 January 2021- Kamea turned heel on NXT after starting to team with Aliyah.
WWE Face Turns in 2021
- Mustafa Ali: 23 August 2021 – Ali started coaching Mansoor and is teaming up with him.
- John Morrison: 23 August 2021 – Morrison cut ties with The Miz and is treated as a babyface.
- Doudrop: 21 August 2021 – Doudrop has cut ties with Eva Marie and is working as babyface ever since.
- Indi Hartwell: 17 August 2021 – Hartwell transitioned into a babyface during his love story with Dexter Lumis.
- Raquel Gonzalez: 27 July 2021 – Raquel is now working as a face after she was attacked by Dakota Kai. The face turn was confirmed after Kay Lee Rae(another heel) started a storyline with her.
- Toni Storm: 23 July 2021 – Storm debuted on SmackDown against a heel Zelina Vega. WWE is treating her as a face after the main roster call-up.
- Aliyah: 13 July 2021 – Aliyah turned on Robert Stone to turn face.
- Edge: 25 June 2021 – Edge returned to attack Roman Reigns and has been working as a face.
- Cameron Grimes: 15 June 2021 – Grimes saved Ted Dibiase from an attack from LA Knight and turned face.
- Jaxson Ryker: 31 May 2021 – Elias abandoned Ryker during his tag team match and this has led to Ryker turning into a babyface after that.
- Randy Orton: 26 April 2021 – Randy Orton started to team up with Matt Riddle is now a babyface.
- Natalya & Tamina Snuka: 11 April 2021- Tamina got a great reaction from the crowd at WrestleMania and the team is also working against a heel tag team of Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler. So, they are working as faces right now.
- Cesaro: 5 February 2021- Cesaro turned face after fist-bumping Daniel Bryan after a win over him.
- Billie Kay: 5 February 2021- Billie Kay has been swinging as face and heel but started to work as a sympathized character.
- Sheamus: 25 January 2021- Sheamus turned face briefly as he worked in a handicapped match against The Miz & John Morrison. He later teamed with other faces on SmackDown in a tag team match.
- Timothy Thatcher: 20 January 2021- Thatcher turned face after starting to team up with Tommaso Ciampa.
- Shinsuke Nakamura: 8 January 2021 – Nakamura turned face after a marathon run in the Gauntlet match at SmackDown. He cemented the turn by saving Daniel Bryan and Big E on 29 Jan.
Check here for the complete list of heels and faces in WWE.