What was the WWE thinking? Did they seriously think they could simply cut some creepy cult like promos of some backwoods boys worshipping a Charles Manson like figure, and sell it to the WWE Universe? Did they think the buildup up would be worth the result that was given to fans on Raw?
Monday night, the WWE Universe was treated to one of the most underwhelming and poorly thought out debuts of any superstar or group in recent history. The Wyatt family not only failed to deliver in action, but also failed to ignite the interest needed to carry the newly promoted faction into the big leagues of the main roster.
The Wyatt family have been hyped for months through vignettes playing on both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. WWE fans rushed to chat rooms and forums on every site imaginable to gossip about the group they thought would take the WWE by storm. All fans got Monday night was little rain.
After Kane defeated Christian, laying him out cold with a choke slam for the win, Kane turned his attention to the Titantron as he watched Bray Wyatt go on a Charles Manson like rant about lost sheep and war, before finally announcing “We’re here” and lighting his lantern. The crazed cult leader then blew out the light in the lantern as his music played in the arena.
Bray Wyatt used only his lantern to light the bottom of half of his bearded face as he made his way to the ring. Wyatt then suddenly stopped and blew out the light in his lantern leaving the arena in pitch black darkness. With Kane distracted by Bray Wyatt’s theatrical entrance, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper started their vicious beating on The Big Red Monster, eventually dragging him out of the ring and throwing him into the steel steps at ringside. Kane laid motionless, as Bray Watt watched from the bottom of the ring ramp, seated in his rocking chair.
Harper and Rowan continued their assault on Kane by throwing part of the steel step right into his skull. Bray Wyatt suddenly appeared and kneeled down over him as Raw cut to commercial break. The debut did start off very well with the opening promo, but as the segment wore on it was abundantly clear that the WWE had poorly thought out plans for the Wyatt family.
The truth is the WWE may just not believe in the storyline all the way, and why should they? With the WWE currently in a PG style era, the last thing it needs is a menacing cult running around making crazy religious statements to a audience of underage imitators.
The Wyatt’s won’t last very long and will most likely be as relevant as the goofy tag team, “Tons of Funk”. The group is just another sideshow for fans to giggle and gawk at, so the WWE can fill time before their main event superstars take the stage.
The very first mistake the WWE made was using Kane as the superstar to debut the Wyatt family with. Kane is practically irrelevant at this point in his career, mostly used to unsuccessfully put over other talent and sometimes for filler matches between main event fights. Why in god’s name the WWE would use a baby face Kane as the Wyatt family’s first victim is almost as troubling as the Fandango character altogether.
With great debuts by The Shield, Curtis Axel, and even Big E. Langston, The Wyatt family seem to be not at the top of the WWE’s priority list when it comes to pushing a new age of talent. It is very unlikely that the Wyatt Family as a whole will not last very long in the WWE, but there may be hope for Bray Wyatt as a singles competitor.