The Wyatt Family was broken apart by the WWE Draft. While Bray Wyatt was drafted to SmackDown with the twelfth overall pick, Braun Strowman was drafted to Raw with the forty-eighth overall pick, and Erick Rowan will join Wyatt on SmackDown after being selected with the fifty-fifth overall pick.
WWE Battleground will be the last time the WWE Universe sees The Wyatt Family together on WWE television for quite some time as their last match will be against the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day. It is possible that Rowan will continue to team with Wyatt after the PPV, but Strowman is on his own. Luke Harper is also expected to have a solo run when he returns.
There is no information on what WWE plans to do with Braun Strowman on Raw, but he was rumored to receive a huge push at some point this year as a monster heel, but it hasn’t happened yet. His break from The Wyatt Family may finally be his delayed push coming to WWE television, but there are more questions about Bray Wyatt’s future in WWE after the brand extension.
Most people would blame his booking as the biggest problem because he has never gone after a singles title in WWE, and he has been consistently built as a top heel only to lose that momentum by always losing in a big match situation. Wyatt being drafted to Smackdown could be another chance for him to excel as a top heel for WWE, but he may have shot himself in the foot.
According to a rumor from CageSideSeats.com, Bray Wyatt may have some backstage heat on him from WWE officials after some comments he made directed at Matt Hardy after “The Final Deletion” aired for TNA Wrestling a few weeks ago. That could be the reason WWE officials decided to send Braun Strowman to Raw and why they drafted Wyatt so late in the WWE Draft.
After looking at SmackDown’s roster, “The Eater of Worlds” is arguably the second best heel for the brand after the WWE Draft behind AJ Styles. There is a lot of potential for Bray Wyatt to break through the glass ceiling on SmackDown. Thus far, WWE has treated him as a WWE star who is good enough to create and be in big match situations, but not good enough to win them.
The WWE Draft and brand extension are supposed to be about elevating young talent to become bigger stars and help carry a brand. On SmackDown, Wyatt has the chance to recreate his persona as a star to be feared both on the mic and in the ring. If he has some backstage heat on him, it’ll just take some more time for him to become the breakout star of the WWE Draft.
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