Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt Family have been claiming to be on a warpath to conquer or subdue the WWE roster into falling at their nail bite-ensuing feet.
Despite their still-loyal following, the fact the matter remains that Bray (because let’s be honest, he runs the show) has inserted his frightening rhetoric into the lives of John Cena, The Undertaker, The Shield, Chris Jericho, amongst others. His rhetoric has been transformed into false static, as each of the aforementioned foes have stopped Bray and his family in their tracks.
Bullies never come out victorious in professional wrestling (in the long run, anyway). Bullies tend to rely on the assistance of others to fulfill their end goal, and Bray Wyatt has been no different since debuting on WWE television.
Drafted to Smackdown Live, he is forced to carry on his deranged gospel on his own. It is time for the character of Bray Wyatt to realize that the fear inherently installed in the hearts of his opponents has always been his own doing. His drafting to Tuesday nights provides Bray Wyatt with a prime opportunity to shed himself of his previous failures and truly begin to eat some worlds.
The New Era is defined by in-ring performances that garner chants of “THIS IS AWESOME!” by the observing audience. Bray Wyatt is not a catch-as-catch-can technical wizard that is going to astonish an audience with this physical ability. Rather, his success is based on his eerie theatrics, an approach that one may think is passé in comparison to the in-ring revolution WWE is currently taking part in.
One has to ask themselves, for example, would The Undertaker be a star in the New Era? Kane?
These two may not have worked, as a large portion of their gimmick relies on drawing from abilities that only George Lucas would find believable. These gimmicks channeled Stephen Spielberg’s screenplay from “Poltergeist,” a film that showcased unfathomable horror. Bray Wyatt channels the likes of Charles Manson, Adolf Hitler and Jim Jones, possessors of evil transgression that was not only fathomable, they have been fathomed and executed. They too wanted the whole word in their hands, representing a population of psyche that should truly be feared by all mankind, the kind of emotionless, desultory mindset that is and should be realistically feared by society.
Therefore, Bray Wyatt’s proposed gimmick alone should receive its own “THIS IS AWESOME” chant. His brooding, intellectually deprived psyche makes that of Jake “The Snake” Roberts look like Wayne Brady.
This psyche has been enchanting the WWE Universe since arriving to vanquish Kane in May 2013, proving that Bray’s brand of fear trumps any Kane could ever hope to provide. His enchantment, despite Bray losing almost every feud he has been a part of, has been kept alive by an audience that put their lit cellphones in the air waiting for Bray to institute fear upon those who oppose his view.
The fans make it clear that they want their world to be in the hands of the “Eater of Worlds.”
The former world of the WWE slipped through the fingers of Wyatt, but his drafting to Smackdown Live allows him (and everyone else for that matter) to begin with a clean slate. Dolph Ziggler is evidence of this, as he overcame Wyatt, as well as two main eventers in John Cena and AJ Styles, to become No. 1 contender to Dean Ambrose’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Wyatt can now make the WWE remember what made him so convincing three years ago, when the light came on to reveal a plethora of little Cenation members wearing sheep masks, showing that even the most loyal followers can become Judas. He was temporarily able to eat John Cena’s world, but was unfortunately not able to complete that meal, along with many others since.
The table has now been reset on Tuesday nights, and it’s time for Bray Wyatt to take the throne he set out to conquer three years ago. He is now on his own with an opportunity to make everyone realize that it was not his minons that cast a permanent gray cloud over the WWE in 2013, but his smooth, haunting rhetoric. He stated on Tuesday night that “Change is inevitable.” His words, prophetic as always, allude to the return to glory for Bray Wyatt. Giving him a blank canvas is all he needs to place to whole world right back to where it wants to be: in his hands.