The Wyatt Family first appeared on our TV screens via mysterious yet intriguing promos in May of last year. It was clear from that first promo that Bray Wyatt and his duo of bearded monsters were not your average superstars. In an era when the debuts of characters like Fandango and Adam Rose have perplexed that key 18-34 male demographic, Bray Wyatt immediately had our attention, and more importantly, our support. Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda (son of Mike Rotunda aka IRS, brother of Bo Dallas) was first introduced to the WWE as part of the Nexus under the ring name Husky Harris. He was underwhelming, and after a brief stint on WWE TV, he was sent back down to what is now known as NXT, and soon after the Bray Wyatt character was born. When Wyatt finally debuted, he seemed like a breath of fresh air. His promos were effortless, and his in ring skills, though not on the level of Daniel Bryan or CM Punk, were very good. He had a decent feud with Kane, and a very good feud with Daniel Bryan. Then the wheels fell off.
For whatever reason, the WWE decided to feud Wyatt with John Cena. Wyatt’s reasoning was something we’ve seen before: he wanted John to embrace the dark side that we all knew was inside of him, and Bray was going to bring this dark side out of John no matter what. Wyatt told the WWE Universe he didn’t care about wins or losses; all he really wanted was for John Cena to become a monster. The only problem with this storyline was that in every match Bray Wyatt wrestled, Harper and Rowan were at ringside, and they either helped him win, or interfered to make sure he didn’t lose. Most fans blame the WWE for this hypocritical booking (and probably rightfully so), but the feud with Cena derailed the momentum Wyatt had going for him. You can’t have a character say he doesn’t care about wins and losses in his promos when his actions in the ring prove otherwise. Wyatt losing at WrestleMania to Cena made zero sense, and hurt his character immensely. He gained a win in a cage match at the next pay per view, but only after Harper, Rowan and a singing child prevented Cena from leaving the cage. He went on to feud with Chris Jericho, who has a history of helping build young stars, but unfortunately did nothing for Wyatt.
Wyatt has been conspicuous by his absence from WWE TV over the last few weeks, and last night’s promo was the first we’ve heard from the eater of worlds in quite some time. What does this promo signify? Is Wyatt unleashing Luke Harper on the WWE Universe to do his dirty work? Will we get an Erik Rowan promo next week? Is the Wyatt Family splitting up? My theory is that they will remain as a group, but Harper and Rowan will not be a tag team any longer. Harper will return to WWE TV to seek vengeance on those that have wronged both Wyatt and himself. What this means for Wyatt’s future is anyone’s guess, but I think he’ll also be back soon, hopefully with a slight tweak to his characters in ring agenda. Whatever the case may be, we’re talking about Bray Wyatt again. That’s always a good thing.
P.S. If this tweet doesn’t get your blood pumping for a potential Wyatt/Sting feud you don’t have a pulse.
it exists in us all we are the ants destroy the scorpion Be Heard
— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) September 29, 2014