Jake Roberts, or “Jake the Snake” as most wrestling fans know him, recently discussed the fate of one WWE Superstar fan favorite on Ring Rust Radio, and his prognosis is a grim one.
According to the former Damien owner and master of the DDT, one of the company’s top guys will never actually be a top guy, and it has nothing to do with his performance or willingness to strive for those “brass rings.”
The man is Bray Wyatt, and here’s what Jake Roberts had to say about him.
“He will never be a top heel because people are infatuated by him. Just like the way they were with me,” Jake the Snake said, adding that whenever he wrestled Hulk Hogan he was cheered, but not as much when he went head to head with “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
“People are funny man. When you’re doing your job really well, and you’re different and unique and you have this edge, that’s very special. People dig that, they respect that and they want to be with that. If they are scared of your character like they were of me and Bray, they want to be on the winning team, so they will want to cheer for you regardless.”
So that kills any hope Bray Wyatt has of being a top company heel in Jake Roberts’ eyes, but what about his placement on the card?
“I think they’re holding him down,” he said. “I think he could do a lot more, and I would like to see them turn him loose, but I don’t think they’re going to. He would be something hard for WWE to ram something down his chute because his character is so strong. So they keep him beaten down and I think it’s a shame because he is very unique.”
Jake Roberts’ views about Bray Wyatt echo some of what Bray said himself in a recent appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast.
According to the Eater of Worlds, the company doesn’t know how to use him or the Wyatt Family.
He also said that the company had thrown him away “like a piece of trash” in their use of his former character, Husky Harris.
While Bray’s interview still had an air of protecting the company from criticism, some of the quotes and the tone were clearly frustrated by where he was going into WrestleMania 32, and they haven’t improved since then.
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For starters, he nor any part of the Wyatt Family even got a match on the card. Secondly, they were included as part of a throwaway segment before the main event in which The Rock and John Cena buried them in a two-on-three assault.
The WWE has taken some steps to try and remedy that by since placing Bray in a talked-about tag team showing with the fan-hated Roman Reigns, but he’s a long way from a main event run for sure.
Both of the major opinions expressed by Jake Roberts in that Ring Rust interview seem to be playing out. On the one hand, Bray’s fanbase are not allowing him to do the heel work that comes so naturally for him. They cheer him, pushing his character toward becoming a face, but the WWE Creative team (aka Vince McMahon) isn’t ready to turn him.
As a result, he is caught in limbo, and with WWE in a state of flux since losing another 100,000+ Raw viewers from this same time last year, that’s not a productive place to be in.
But what do you think, readers? Is Jake Roberts right in saying that Bray will never be a top heel, and if that’s the case and the company isn’t going to turn him, what will happen to his character? Sound off in the comments section!
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