Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas were noticeably absent from Monday Night RAW this week, and now we know why. PWInsider reported that the two WWE superstars missed the show to visit their grandfather Robert Windham in a Florida hospital. Windham is better known as WWE Hall-of-Famer “Blackjack Mulligan” to wrestling fans around the world. Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas, along with their father, Mike Rotunda, left Birmingham, Alabama, (the site of Monday Night RAW) to be with Windham and did not appear on the show in any capacity. Rotunda is former WWE superstar Irwin R. Schyster (IRS).
Bray Wyatt is on the periphery of a major angle with Brock Lesnar due to “The Eater of Worlds” and his Wyatt Family eliminating Lesnar from the Royal Rumble and an attack on a previous episode of RAW. However, Lesnar has turned his attention to the main event of the upcoming pay-per-view Fastlane. Lesnar will compete in a triple threat match with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, where the winner will face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event at Wrestlemania.
Bray Wyatt’s real-life brother, Bo Dallas, recently joined forces with Heath Slater, Curtis Axel, and Adam Rose to form a faction known as the Social Outcasts. The group has yet to establish a tangible feud as of yet, but exposure on WWE’s flagship show is a step in the right direction for the foursome that was floundering individually. Rose and Axel teamed up in a losing effort against The Uso’s on RAW as Slater looked on from ringside, attempting to distract his team’s opponents. The Social Outcasts did make mention of Dallas before the match, however. Axel simply thought he forgot to come out, while Slater said he was in the recording studio creating music as “Bo Rida.” That nickname was the result of Dallas’ rap battle with Flo Rida last week on RAW.
Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas’ grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan, suffered a heart attack last year and has been in poor health for several years. He announced on his Facebook page that he had been hospitalized. Mulligan has two other sons who became professional wrestlers, Barry and Kendall. Barry Windham boasted a stellar in-ring career, wrestling for the NWA, WCW, and WWE and becoming one of the early members of The Four Horsemen. Windham, 55, also experienced health issues, suffering a heart attack in 2011.
Blackjack Mulligan, 73, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 along with his longtime partner Blackjack Lanza by their manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. The Blackjacks Hall of Fame class also included William “Refrigerator” Perry into the celebrity wing, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Eddie Guerrero, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Sensational Sherri, and Verne Gagne. Gagne trained Blackjack Mulligan in the 1960s when Mulligan was breaking into the business.
Bray Wyatt’s followers were involved on RAW despite the absence of their leader. Erick Rowan lost in a singles match to The Big Show thanks to a chokeslam, but Luke Harper and Braun Strowman would attack the giant after the match and destroy him on a set of steps outside the ring. This assault could potentially lead to a six-man tag match, with Big Show seeking assistance from Kane and Ryback. So far, nothing significant has materialized for Wyatt as far as Fastlane is concerned. A collision with Lesnar has been rumored, but whether that plays out at Wrestlemania remains to be seen. One thing to note is that Monday Night RAW emanates from San Jose, California, next week, and with Blackjack hospitalized in Florida, we’ll have to keep an eye on whether Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas will be able to appear.
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