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The face turn in the history of professional wrestling hwas never the most compelling of moments, if you compare it to the excitement and crowd reaction that is brought from an effective heel turn. The likes of Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Triple H and CM Punk have had shocking heel turns, with even the turn of someone like R-Truth to wrestling’s dark side garnering far more attention than something like The Miz’s recent face turn.

However, the topic of exciting face turns has very recently come to the forefront of the WWE again, with the recent World Heavyweight Championship match at Payback seemingly initiating the face turn of Dolph Ziggler, which could eventually become one of the most interesting face turns of all time. For this list examining the very best in this area of the wrestling world, I will be focusing on an individual moment that brought the desired crowd reaction and significantly altered the wrestler’s direction. That means superstars like John Cena, whose face turn has undoubtedly been a great success for the WWE, will not be featured as his face turn was a very gradual process and came into existence without much fanfare at Survivor Series 2003.

Most of these wrestlers would go on to experience great success as a face, whilst others would soon fade into obscurity. However, their transformation from heel to face led to a superb pop from the crowd, and created a moment that has stood the test of time.

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This article was first posted on June 18, 2013