3 Biggest losses that derailed Bray Wyatt's career
Bray Wyatt, the character, according to me was one of the best creative ideas in recent times. I still remember the spooky vignettes that WWE aired to hype up the debut of the Wyatt Family. There's no doubt that WWE has failed to create a supernatural character like The Undertaker and Kane for so long, but with Wyatt, there was a hope that he might just be the "new face of fear".
His initial debut as the leader of the Wyatt Family, with his "sons" Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan was quite impressive, as he fought with Kane in a Ring of Fire match at SummerSlam 2013, where he went on to defeat the Big Red Machine, though with some help from his followers.
After this, Wyatt alongside his family went on to have quite a few rivalries against the likes of Kofi Kingston, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and also The Shield. Their win against The Shield at Elimination Chamber 2014 was their biggest win, which made fans believe that these bearded monsters were here to stay and take over WWE.
But things didn't really go so well for Bray Wyatt, as who once was a supernatural force to be reckoned with became pretty much a glorified jobber by last year. After taking a long hiatus from the ring, Bray has finally returned to WWE TV with a new creepy gimmick which has all the potential to be a blockbuster if done right.
While we'll have to wait and see how this new gimmick plays along, we can't help but realize his previous gimmick had it all but the credibility behind his talks that made it fail. He used to threaten people, scare them but lost too many high stakes match to be taken seriously anymore.
In this article, let's take a look at 3 biggest losses in Bray Wyatt's career that derailed it and stopped him from breaking out as a huge superstar.
#3 Against John Cena at WrestleMania 30
John Cena is one of the most successful pro-wrestlers and superstars in WWE history. But as we all know he has a huge number of haters who blame him time-and-again for burying new talent.
After Wyatt Family's huge win against The Shield at Elimination Chamber, Bray attacked Cena and started a feud with him with a match at WrestleMania 30. With the moment that Bray was carrying, a win against Super-Cena at the biggest stage of them all would have skyrocketed his stock.
But that didn't really turn out to be that way, as Cena defeated Wyatt at WrestleMania 30. The whole feud was built around Bray trying to turn Cena into "a monster" that was already inside him, and to be very honest, it was engaging enough to make fans stick to their TV. This even had the potential to finally trigger the "Cena heel-turn" storyline, but WWE chose the other path.
Cena and Wyatt went on to have a couple of matches after WrestleMania, with Wyatt winning at Extreme Rules with the help of a demonic child, but Cena defeated Wyatt at Payback in a Last Man Standing Match to seal the fate of the feud, and maybe "bury" Wyatt.
#2 Against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31
Following The Undertaker's huge loss at WrestleMania 30 against Brock Lesnar, who broke his undefeated streak at WrestleMania, fans started to believe that the Dead Man was done with his career and won't wrestle anymore.
During the build-up to WrestleMania 31, Bray Wyatt started teasing and taunting The Phenom for a match at the Show of Shows. The Undertaker didn't physically show up for the build-up or any confrontation for the match, but he accepted Wyatt's challenge with his supernatural antics.
When this match was made official, it looked like WWE was planning a "passing the torch" moment between the guy who has arguably been the biggest face of fear in WWE for the past couple of decades and a guy who will be carrying forward this legacy and be the new face of fear for years to come.
After his streak got broken, the mystique around his appearance at WrestleMania was highly hurt, and fans were even believing Wyatt would retire Taker handing him his second successive loss at WrestleMania.
This didn't happen though, as the Dead Man defeated Bray at WrestleMania 31 in a convincing manner. While just a match against Undertaker is a huge boost, but a loss didn't really help Wyatt's claim of being the new face of fear. There was no reason for Undertaker to win this match, other than improve his WM record.
I still believe WWE here missed a huge opportunity of creating a new superstar that would have carried forward the legacy of dark forces in WWE.
#1 Against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 33
Bray Wyatt rose to fame in late 2016, with the Viper Randy Orton joining the Wyatt Family after feuding with them for quite some time. Bray and Orton went on to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championships soon, and Wyatt Family was looking more dangerous than ever before.
Orton went on to win the Royal Rumble in 2017, after which Bray won his first WWE Championship at the Elimination Chamber. This started building tension in the family, as it raised the possibility of Orton challenging his team-mate at WrestleMania 33.
Orton shocked the world by refusing to face his leader at WrestleMania but soon showed his true colors as he destroyed The Wyatt Family compound, including Sister Abigail's grave. This led to him and Bray facing each-other for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33.
In what fans were expecting to be a dominating win for Wyatt to solidify his championship reign turned out to be completely opposite, as Orton went on to win the match, ending Bray's title reign at mere 49 days. Wyatt since then hasn't won the WWE Championship.
This loss was one of the biggest loss in Wyatt's career. Another interesting yet disappointing stat about Wyatt's career is that he is yet to win a match at WrestleMania, with a win-loss record of 0-3.
What do you think was the biggest defeat in Bray Wyatt's career? What are your opinions about his new gimmick? Let us know in the comments section below.