It’s now come to the point where every time I log on Twitter I’m instinctively waiting to find the latest report of a WWE injury.
The latest is Bray Wyatt. Bray, who was sidelined at Wrestlemania due to an alleged minor back injury, appears to have suffered a fairly serious calf injury. Of course we know nothing else. We don’t know how serious it is or how much time Bray will have to miss (if any). WWE is so secretive with their injury reports that they would have an NFL coach spinning.
The bottom line is that Wyatt got hurt while wrestling at a house show in Milan. Remember any other stars getting injured in Europe? Oh yeah Daniel Bryan suffering a concussion in Dublin in April 2015 and Seth Rollins tearing his ACL in November 2015, coincidentally also in Dublin.
There’s never a good time to get injured, but this couldn’t have come at a worse time for Bray Wyatt. It was looking like 2016 would be his year.
This past Monday the newly-turned face Bray (after beating down the League of Nations the week prior) teamed up with Roman Reigns in a tag team match against Sheamus and Alberto del Rio. Reigns and Wyatt made for an exceptional team.
What really impressed me was the potential Wyatt showed to be an extraordinary face. He excelled on hot tags, pumped up the audience at every opportunity and manipulated his move set to match his face persona (i.e. fast-paced, emphatic, energetic moves).
The sky was the limit that night for Bray. He proved that he could win over all the fans, maintain his badass gimmick and not lose an ounce of credibility. That’s quite a feat.
What’s more impressive is that I’m writing these words. I have been a fair detractor of Bray Wyatt the past few years. Although I dressed up as him on Halloween this year, I always thought there was something missing from him.
Wyatt has undeniable skyrocket talent. It just hasn’t been optimized yet.
He’s a skilled talker, yes, but having Bray speak in long-winded cryptic promos for no reason gets old after a while. His feuds tend to meander also. They usually start with him and his family turning the lights out on a superstar at random and then ambushing him. Then the feud just goes on and on and on. Is the Wyatt-Reigns/Wyatts-ECW feud over yet?
Moreover, Wyatt has come up on the losing end of feuds way too many times (Roman Reigns, Undertaker, John Cena), especially when considering the stature of his character.
A face run would have been incredible for Bray Wyatt. I think he would have improved all facets of his game. He would obviously stay true to his character, but would instead use his demented energy on heels. I feel like his promo ability would improve because he could use his viciousness to fire up the crowd.
His move set, at its best, also fits a face. Although he’s a big guy, Wyatt has energy to spare. His shoulder tackles, sentons, innovative suplexes, etc. are filled with intensity and always look lethal.
Plus, plain and simple, he’d probably win more feuds as a face.
Instead Wyatt will be on the sidelines. Fellow Wyatt family member Luke Harper will be with him while he nurses an ACL tear. With their 2 dominant leaders out of action, the Wyatts unfortunately don’t look so tough anymore.
Time for Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman to learn the ropes in NXT.
by Kevin D’Hooge