At the end of 2015 and the first two months of 2016, The Wyatt Family became an absolutely dominant and unstoppable force. Now, they have disappeared off of the radar, and none of them are even scheduled for the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Then, there was the weird change-up at Roadblock that saw Luke Harper take on Brock Lesnar, not Bray Wyatt. It appears as if WWE has plans much bigger for the new "Face of Fear," and it's bigger than WrestleMania.
As of Tuesday, not a single member of The Wyatt Family is scheduled or even rumored to be a part of WrestleMania 32. Not Bray Wyatt. Not Luke Harper. Not Erick Rowan. Not Braun Strowman.
Just a couple months ago, there were rumors that Bray Wyatt would be facing off in a huge match with Brock Lesnar. Others had Strowman appearing in the Andre the Giants Memorial Battle Royal and winning it before moving on to a SummerSlam feud with Lesnar. Harper and Rowan were figured to jump into the WWE Tag Title picture.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin himself even spoke on how poorly the Wyatts were being used. He said the fact that there were no WrestleMania 32 plans for them was a complete "travesty" and that they were all being wasted.
At Roadblock, Lesnar was to face off with Bray Wyatt. At the last second, Luke Harper joined in to make it a handicap match, and Wyatt never tagged in once. Lesnar absolutely decimated Harper, and that was the end of that.
Fans have been wondering what happened at Roadblock and why that match was changed. WWE never really gave an explanation, but F4W Online is reporting that it was done for a very good reason that will soon be known.
It appears as if WWE has much bigger plans for Bray Wyatt, and the company didn't want to have that match happen just yet. No, they wanted to save it, because it's believed that Lesnar vs. Wyatt is going to be huge and lead to something on a much grander scale.
As Wrestling Inc. reports, WWE is looking to save Lesnar vs. Wyatt for after WrestleMania, but there is still no known reason as to why the original plans to have it on the show were squashed. WWE had been building that feud since before the Royal Rumble, and then just dropped it.
Here's an interesting idea, though.
Lesnar is taking on Dean Ambrose at WrestleMania 32 in a No Holds Barred Street Fight. Some say that a win for Ambrose could elevate him to main event status, but it isn't believable. A loss for Lesnar wouldn't hurt him, but some find it hard to think it would happen.
No disqualification means that Ambrose can use weapons and also that The Wyatt Family can interfere and screw over Lesnar.
It really is quite the money-making program, with Paul Heyman leading his client and being the mouthpiece for him. Bray Wyatt can match him in the promo department, and the brute strength of The Wyatt Family can back him up.
In turn, though, Wyatt's feud with Lesnar is going to lead to something even bigger.
As recapped by WWE.com, on last week's Monday Night Raw, the show ended with Dean Ambrose taking on Bray Wyatt. All the members of The Wyatt Family took out Ambrose for Triple H, who came down to the ring to confront his Roadblock opponent.
That was when it happened. For about 15 seconds, Wyatt and Triple H had a face-to-face staredown in the ring. For the first time, Bray Wyatt seemed truly interested in the WWE World Heavyweight Title, and it showed.
Maybe WWE isn't punishing The Wyatt Family but slowly building them up for something much bigger than ever before.
WrestleMania 32 is going to be a big and great event no matter what, but it may not include a single member of The Wyatt Family. Even if that is the case, WWE is building toward something huge, and it looks as if it has to do with Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, and the WWE Title.
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