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2001 R.S.P-W Awards

Worst Heel


Award Description:

To be given to the person whose casting as a bad guy just didn't work
well. Maybe there was just no heel heat drawn or maybe the fans actually
cheered this person, but for whatever reason the heel image just didn't
get over.

Previous Winners:

  1990: Rick Martel
  1991: The Mountie Jacques Rougeau
  1992: Razor Ramon
  1993: Giant Gonzalez
  1994: Bastion Booger
  1995: Zodiac (The Butcher/Brutus Beefcake)
  1996: Hulk Hogan
  1997: Ahmed Johnson
  1998: Hollywood Hogan
  1999: Sting
  2000: Goldberg

**2001**: Rob van Dam

274 first place votes
261 second place votes
251 third place votes

 35  9 21  244   Rob van Dam
 24 21 21  225   Rikishi
 25 16 15  203   Buff Bagwell
 25 13 12  188   Diamond Dallas Page
 15 18 12  153   Chyna
 16  8 16  136   Billy Gunn
 13 12  8  117   X-Pac
 14 11  6  115   Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
 13 10 10  115   Shane McMahon
 11  9 14  110   Hacksaw Jim Duggan
  9 11  5   88   Albert
  5 11 10   78   Lex Luger
  7  4  8   63   Test
  7  4  6   59   Booker T
 10  2  1   58   Steve Austin
  4 10  4   58   Road Warrior Animal
  4  8  5   54   Tazz
  1 11  8   54   Hurricane
  4  6  5   48   Debra
  3  6  5   43   Mighty Molly
  4  5  3   41   Billy Kidman
  4  2  6   38   Big Show
  1  7  4   34   K-Kwik
  2  3  6   31   Steven Richards
  2  3  6   31   Nick Patrick
  1  3  6   26   Kwee Wee
  1  5  2   24   Crash
  0  5  2   19   Justin Credible
  1  3  2   18   Kane
  1  3  2   18   Bull Buchanan
  1  2  3   17   Triple H
  2  2  0   16   Kurt Angle
  0  4  0   12   Jim Duggan
  0  1  4   11   Rob Black
  1  0  2    9   Ric Flair
  1  0  1    7   Rhyno
  1  0  1    7   Masahiro Chono
  1  0  1    7   D-Von Dudley
  0  2  0    6   Jeff Jarrett
  0  2  0    6   Bubba Ray Dudley
  1  0  0    5   Matt Sinister
  1  0  0    5   Goodfather
  1  0  0    5   Goldberg
  1  0  0    5   Chris Jericho
  1  0  0    5   "Tie" votes(NO)
  0  1  1    5   Iron Sheik
  0  0  2    4   Danger
  0  1  0    3   William Regal
  0  1  0    3   Vince McMahon
  0  1  0    3   Scott Hall
  0  1  0    3   Raven
  0  1  0    3   Lance Storm
  0  1  0    3   Kanyon
  0  1  0    3   Jerry Lawler
  0  1  0    3   Christian
  0  0  1    2   Shawn Stasiak
  0  0  1    2   Riot
  0  0  1    2   Rick Steiner
  0  0  1    2   Paul Heyman
  0  0  1    2   Haku

RYAN HALL: Van Dam, Debra, Mighty Molly.  Van Dam is a face so turn him!  
Debra & Mighty Molly have no heat whatsoever.

EDDIE BURKETT: Rikishi was such a bad heel they needed HHH to back him up.  
Then, they put him with Haku and that sucked too.  DDP gave being a heel a
good try, but his natural tendencies to play to the crowd (and a less than
helpful Undertaker) hindered his attempts.  The Hurricane is too much
comedy to be an effective heel.

PAUL ZOROVICH:  RVD just doesn't work as a heel.  Nobody in the arena sees
him as a heel.  (Maybe Stone Cold Steve Austin does, but that's it.)  
He's a face -- and that's the bottom line.

JESSE HARALDSON: Nothing made me change the channel quicker than RTC.

VIKRAM BIRRING: How can RVD be a heel when the crowd chants "R-V-D","!

SCOTT CRAWFORD: Man, I could write a book on bad heels this year. For that
matter, I could write a book on bad everything this year. If there were
enough voting slots, I'd probably pick about 2/3rds of the nominees. Ugly

KEN DREILING: I have Molly on here, becuase she just as that pure innocent
cute face, that shouldn't be able to pull off a heel act.  Ya can't help
but like her, she looks like she'd bring ya banana bread at work, just
becuase you had a bad morning.

CHIP BOOTS: I just can't hate Hacksaw.

SCOTT WORDEN: Worst Heel.. Chyna..  Wasn't;t she suppose to be a heel when
wrestling Lita.  I mean, I did not like her, but not in the way you are
suppose to hate a heel.. You know what?  She sucked..  Do I really need to
explain it?  Didn't think so.

F-MAN: Simply put: RVD should not have been part of the Alliance heel
faction.  The guy gets insane face pops wherever he goes, and face pops
are not something a heel should receive.

OTTO "HACK-MAN" HEUER: Worst Heel? Not sure why they're still trying to
get people to boo Hurricane or RVD.  They gotta be setting shirts like

MIKE JOHNSON: 1.  Is there anyone out there who actually thinks X-Pac's
heat is "heel heat"?

KEVIN WONG: Buff, Chyna and Billy Gunn are three people that really suck
as being heels.  Actually, they suck, period, but I guess that's pretty

DONNY L: I Love RVD but the can't be a heel if his life depends on it.

PETER HAZLETT: Unfortunately for DDP, it may be just bad angles, but
nothing seems to be working as a heel for him.

ESTRAGAND: Road Warrior Animal.. I dunno, I always thought that heels were
supposed to DO something. Lawler...he's supposed to be a HEEL announcer.
Heel announcers don't get pops from the crowd and/or try to be funny with
crappy Beavis and Butthead jokes. Debra.. feel the wrath of toll house

KEVIN DOTEN: There are too many, but these guys didn't generate any
reaction, only apathy, and time to go get some beer

JOHN C.: Chyna wins here because she clearly had no desire to play the
role of a heel. Bagwell is just horrible and DDP's portrayal as Sara's
stalker was a huge failure because he's not the right guy to play a heel.

SCOTT CHRIST: Test bites.

JOE GENTILE: Turning Rikishi heel may have cost what little credibility
his career had. Billy Kidman is no heel, and neither is RVD as far as the
fans are concerned.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: RVD. Well, he is *technically* a heel, after all... I
mean, he cheats, all his buddies are heels, everything. Unfortunately, the
crowds treat him like the second coming, so his heelishness kinda falls
flat. The guy needs a proper face turn like nobody's business. (post
Survivor Series note: he got it. Good.) X-Pac gets second. Give it up,
Sean, nobody cares anymore. Haven't for years, in fact. Billy Gunn gets
third (he was technically a heel for a while, remember, after Edge won
KotR), for the exact same reason. Honourable mention goes to Steve Austin.
He's nearly as over as a babyface as RVD is. The only reason he doesn't
get a vote is cause I rather like his heel persona.

YNAE316: Steve Austin:  DId tons of great heel actions, but HARD to hate
when he cracks you up so... Mighty Molly:  Talented wrestler, LAME gimmick
(did you hear that entrance video, "It's Mighty Molly!!!")

SHANE SPEAR: Speaking of Rikishi, he was the most pathetic heel of last
year's awards in my opinion, and then he did nothing to improve on that
this year.  He ended up getting stuck with Haku and only got one or two
key wins over a main-event opponent (Undertaker.)  Luger was terrible as
usual in the dying days of WCW.  Plus, he was teaming with Bagwell, which
NEVER helps.  Rob Van Dam is an interest choice because he was supposed to
be a heel in his association with the Alliance, but never EVER did
anything worthy of being a heel.  So this is not a knock against Van Dam,
I'm just saying he wasn't a good heel.

THE CUBS FAN: Hacksaw was so committed to being a heel, you should've
called him Goldberg. I think someone wanted revenge by killing him off
before he got his face turn.

MATT SPAULDING: You'd think it'd be easier for Shane to play the heel,
being the son of one of the best ever at it, but he seems to really
struggle and press at times.  Diamond Dallas Page CAN be a good heel, but
not as an obsessed stalker.  Buff?  Could have been a good heel if he had,
you know, talent.

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