Face

1. What does face mean in pro wrestling?

Hero

In professional wrestling, a face (or babyface) is a hero. Face wrestlers are portrayed as moral, honest, and stalwart characters, who are typically opposed by a heel.

Because professional wrestling is as much a soap opera as a sport, wrestlers are required to portray larger-than-life characters. Typically, wrestlers act as either a face (a wrestler an audience is supposed to love) or a heel (a wrestler an audience is supposed to love to hate). Whether they're a face or a heel, each wrestler is attempting to get over with audiences, securing their spot in pro wrestling's overarching narrative.

Many wrestlers alternate between being a face or a heel at various points throughout their careers. For example, The Big Show, who has been wrestling for 25 years, turns face or heel roughly 1.5 times per year.

Example

"I really wish WWE would just let Daniel Bryan be a face again. I want to cheer for him!"

A total face move

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Last Updated: December 9, 2020

2. What does face mean?

In your face

A term derived from the phrase "In your face" that is referenced after insulting a person; also utilized when showing someone up in the sports realm, e.g., hitting a home run off of the pitcher or dunking on an opponent's Grill.

Example

"I beat you by 50 points, face!"

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Last Updated: December 26, 2013

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