The Usos finally turned heel just a few weeks back and it’s been a refreshing change of pace for the long time babyface tag team. Their father, WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, agrees but also believes fans don’t really want to hate them.
From his interview with The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show:
"Change is good. The boys have been there for six years, they rapidly broke into people’s homes, and Uso became a household face and name and so forth, and after a while, it’s just time for a change. I think from what I’ve seen, I love the new look, I love the change that’s going on, but let’s just hope they stay in the loop, and let them do what they do. [The Usos] both love performing out there, they love getting out there, I know that they give it one hundred ten percent. So my advice to them, whatever position that you’re in, go out there and you win the fans out there. You’re out there to perform, you’re out there to entertain, whatever position that you’re put in, be it a heel or a babyface, go out there steal the show. To me, the way I see now, yeah, they turned heel, but you can kind of feel it, people really don’t want to hate that, and that’s because of all the love and respect the fans had for the Usos. I feel that they all know these two go out there and they put it on the line each and every night, like every other performer out there."
Perhaps there is a large portion of the WWE fan base that feels that way but there are likely just as many fans who feel the opposite. The Usos, for all their abilities between the ropes, were stale as characters. In many ways they still are.
Breaking a few rules and injuring a few heroes is a step in the right direction but some actual character development is sorely needed.
Unless, of course, Rikishi is right and you don’t really want to hate these guys.