In all honesty, Bray Wyatt's career in WWE has been largely disappointing. Around this time last year, his star was white-hot. Most fans would have projected a title run for the wrestler formerly known as Husky Harris. Instead, what they got was a series of underachieving rivalries with John Cena, Chris Jericho, and Dean Ambrose. Each rivalry saw Wyatt either lose, or at best, win in an unimpressive way which actually hurt his stock. I mean...seriously...a win over Ambrose due to an exploding television? Come on WWE!
Add to that, "The Eater of Worlds" has eaten a lot of crow over the years. Wyatt has continuously failed to instill dread and/or perversely mutate the psyche of his opponents. Think about it. In 2013, Kane was kidnapped by The Wyatt Family after his defeat at SummerSlam, only to return unscathed a few months later. A frustrated Daniel Bryan joined The Wyatt Family in December of the same year, only to break free from them in just two short weeks. Many fans, including myself, began to take Wyatts' threats with a grain of salt. Why should we root for a guy who never delivers? What about Bray Wyatt will make us continue to buy into him? The answer's simple: Wyatt has all the attributes of a superstar.
Without a doubt, Bray Wyatt has been one of the most entertaining, captivating, and unique competitors WWE has seen in a long time. He can definitely bring it in the ring, but more importantly, he is able to keep fans interested through his eerie, villainous promos. He plays the perfect anti-hero. People flock to an eccentric personality who can allow us to tap into the mini anarchist within us all. The video below serves as a perfect example, and proves that in today's story-driven era, Wyatt is a bona fide star. Luckily, WWE booking has seemed to realize his worth and is making a concerted effort to turn things around for Wyatt.
In November of last year, The Wyatt Family officially broke up as Luke Harper joined The Authority and Eric Rowan joined Team Cena for the Survivor Series feud. This was a great move by WWE's creative team. Bray was often overshadowed by the wrestling prowess of Harper and Rowan. By separating them, fans can only focus purely on the abilities of Wyatt. At last month's Royal Rumble, the fans got just that. Wyatt was the standout in the main event, lasting 47 minutes and eliminating six competitors. He even took the microphone after his 4th elimination, exclaiming to "Everyone in the back. I hope you got the message. This is Bray Wyatt's year!"
Indeed, it seems things may be turning around for Wyatt. Last week's Raw saw him gain a clean victory (that's right, no terrible lip syncing kids) over crowd favorite, Dolph Ziggler. Wyatt then followed his impressive win with a promo calling out The Undertaker. The two actually have a bit of history dating back to last year. After the March 17th episode of Raw went off the air, Undertaker helped John Cena fend off an impending beat down from the Wyatts. Still, it seems pretty audacious for him to call out "The Phenom"considering his lackluster track record, but we will watch how this story unfolds.
In the meantime, Wyatt needs to rack up some more wins. Hopefully, his run in with Ziggler on Monday night is a sign of an impending rivalry. It would suit Wyatt well to fight a competitor like Ziggler. Not only can Dolph put on a great show, but he knows how to put wrestlers over. Wyatt will look like a true colossus as he lands devastating clotheslines and slams. He will also seem legit as he sustains the superkicks, DDTs, and Fameassers from Ziggler. These two would seriously have a chance of stealing the show at Fastlane, WWE's newest pay-per-view set to air later this month. A victory for Wyatt could be the catalyst in turning his career around and validating his right to face the Undertaker at WrestleMania.
What do you think Bray Wyatt will be doing for WrestleMania this year? Will he walk out a star or is it going to be disappointing for all of his firelies? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!