Despite his prominent status on WWE programming and consistent upper mid-card status, Bray Wyatt has yet to win his first title in the company. In fact, the last time he had held a title belt of any kind was back when NXT was still Florida Championship Wrestling, and he and real-life brother Bo Dallas (then known as Bo Rotundo) held the FCW Florida Tag Team Championships twice. Now, it appears that the Wyatt Family leader is closer than ever to winning his first title on the WWE main roster, and it may once again be for a tag team title.
After failing to create an impact as Husky Harris, Windham Rotunda got a second chance at WWE main roster stardom in 2013 when he re-debuted under the name Bray Wyatt. He had been using this gimmick of a backwoods cult leader for the past year in NXT and had successfully transitioned to the main roster with the rest of the Wyatt Family stable that included Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
As the years passed and stable members came and went, with the Wyatts even disbanding at a couple of points, none of the faction’s mainstays had won any kind of WWE title in their three-year run. In fact, Bray himself had received a lot of criticism as someone who was almost always booked to come up short in pay-per-view matches. The Inquisitr had mentioned that booking pattern in July, and also reported on alleged backstage heat Wyatt had with WWE officials for criticizing TNA’s “Final Deletion” storyline with Matt and Jeff Hardy.
As it turned out, the Wyatt Family wasn’t disbanded despite new recruit Braun Strowman heading to the RAW brand and Wyatt and Rowan heading to SmackDown Live. Luke Harper would rejoin his “family members” on SmackDown when he returned from injury in October, making the Wyatts a full-fledged stable once again. Soon after, veteran Randy Orton became the faction’s fourth member, turning heel and declaring that if he couldn’t beat the Wyatts, he’d join them instead.
Now, with the duo of Wyatt and Orton having defeated American Alpha on Tuesday’s SmackDown Live in a number one contender match for the brand’s Tag Team Championships, it looks like Bray Wyatt might just win his first-ever title in three years on the main roster. The Wyatt Family will be facing reigning champs Heath Slater and Rhyno for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at the TLC pay-per-view on Sunday, December 4. Could this finally be it for the “Eater of Worlds” as far as his title aspirations go?
That might all depend on whether Randy Orton has indeed turned to the dark side as a member of the Wyatt Family. At Survivor Series, he and Bray were displaying fabulous teamwork as the key players in Team SmackDown’s win over Team RAW in the men’s five-on-five elimination match. Bleacher Report noted that this was a sign the alliance was a solid one and not a possible ruse where Orton would try to get into the Wyatts’ head by infiltrating the stable.
In any case, Bleacher Report brought up Orton’s previous storyline history, where “The Viper” was seemingly more concerned about himself, rather than what’s best for his tag team or stable.
“Although Orton has been in groups such as Evolution and Legacy over the course of his career, he has always been one to eventually chase individual success rather than committing to the betterment of a team.”
Although the possibility of Orton betraying the Wyatt Family still looms large, Bleacher Report concluded by saying that it’s still likely Bray Wyatt would win his first title in his entire WWE run and continue his solid team-up with Randy Orton as they defeat Heath Slater and Rhyno for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
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