Buddy Rodgers knew how to use the heel angle to his advantage. He popularized many of the moves and mannerisms used by later wrestlers, specifically Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair. He knew that he was a star. This made him one of the most hated in the business since he possessed a lot of leverage in negotiations. Rodgers really paved the way for future wrestling as a form of entertainment.
Buddy was similar to Gorgeous George in the way that they got the crowd against them. Rodgers, however, was much more arrogant and could back up his actions in the ring, being the best worker of the 50's. Gorgeous George, on the other hand, was about 90% show and 10% wrestler. Rodgers was also known for being a bully in the ring which added to his mastery of the heel role.
In the match we watched during class, we were able to see him in action. He was very cocky and knew how to get under the audience's skin. When he won the match he exclaimed to the audience, "To a nicer guy it couldn't happen." His presence around the ring and in interviews helped to gain the interest of the TV audience as well. A lot of wrestlers' success depended how well they could perform on television. Buddy was able to use this to his advantage as he became one of the top box office draws of his time.