Sometimes, the WWE’s plans for its superstars are indecipherable. When Bray Wyatt emerged from the Elimination Chamber with the WWE Championship, it would have been easy to assume that 2017 was going to be a huge year for Wyatt. We then saw the humiliating spectacle of 2017 Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton bow down before Wyatt, stating that he would not face his “master” at WrestleMania 33. That led to the No. 1 contender battle to decide who Wyatt’s WrestleMania opponent would be. The outcome was no surprise, and we still ended up with Wyatt vs. Orton at WrestleMania.
Orton emerged from WrestleMania with Wyatt’s WWE Championship belt, but Wyatt got his revenge at WWE Payback. The problem was that Wyatt’s “House of Horrors” match at Payback was widely lambasted. Sporting News described the match as “an insult” to the WWE universe and claimed that it “killed the rest of the show and set new standards for stupidity in a sport that regularly insults the audience’s intelligence.”
Metro went even further, describing the “House of Horrors” match as “hideous” and calling Wyatt “the most boring wrestler in WWE.” They also called Wyatt vs. Orton “the worst match at WrestleMania 33.
It is no secret that the WWE’s Monday Night Raw has been losing viewers, and Wyatt moving to Raw during the “superstar shakeup” was seen as part of the solution. Unfortunately, both for Wyatt and the WWE, the shakeup has done little to bring the viewers back. Wyatt has been afforded multiple opportunities to appear in main event matches on Monday Night Raw in recent months, but the show’s ratings have continued to tank.
It seems that the WWE universe just isn’t connecting with Wyatt’s character. One may have thought that the long-term injury to former Wyatt family member Braun Strowman offered the opportunity for a Bray Wyatt push, but after the result of last night’s Fatal Five-Way at WWE Extreme Rules, it seems that is not to be the case. Samoa Joe won that contest to set himself up for a tilt at Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship title. What does that mean for Bray Wyatt?
Where Does The Result Of Extreme Rules Leave Bray Wyatt?
Given that Wyatt was once one of the WWE’s top merchandise sellers, it’s difficult to explain why he is currently failing to ignite the WWE universe. Forbes claims that Wyatt is being hurt on a show that is brimming with top heel talent. Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, and last night’s Extreme Rules winner Samoa Joe all seem to be ahead of Wyatt. That could mean that the answer to Wyatt’s malaise is to have him execute a face turn.
WWE fans will remember that Wyatt executed a one-night face turn in April last year. Wyatt teamed up with Roman Reigns to take on Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio, so a face turn is not out of the question. If Wyatt were to execute a face turn, it would open the possibility of a classic heel vs. babyface feud with Braun Strowman when the “Monster amongst Men” returns from his injury layoff.
A Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt feud may seem a little obvious, but it would make for great TV. The fact that both are former Wyatt family members would add some extra spice to the feud. A Bray Wyatt face turn may also offer the opportunity to team Reigns and Wyatt together to add some excitement to the Raw tag team championship.
There is no doubt that Wyatt is talented, and his physique, ring craft, and microphone skills should be enough to make him one of the WWE’s biggest stars. Perhaps a face turn would enable Wyatt to make a better connection with the fans and provide a boost for Monday Night Raw at the same time.
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