5 Biggest Mistakes WWE Made With Bray Wyatt

Where did it all go wrong?

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WWE’s fans were shocked by the sudden release of Bray Wyatt, the latest in the line of budget cuts following the global pandemic.

The last time Wyatt was featured on television was on the RAW after WrestleMania 37, when Wyatt discussed being double-crossed by his protégé Alexa Bliss during his match with Randy Orton the previous night. It appeared as if everything was set up for a Wyatt victory, until the proverbial ball was dropped once again by WWE.

Unfortunately for Wyatt, his eight-year tenure with the company will amount to little but mistakes from bad creative decisions. Wyatt had a ton of potential and releasing him will be a huge loss for WWE.

There have been way more than five mistakes for Wyatt, including the start-stop pushes, the championship reigns that could have been, and even not adding his real-life brother Bo Dallas into the family. With that being said, here are the five biggest mistakes from the career of Bray Wyatt.


5. Sister Abigail

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Let me start by saying that no, I’m not talking about Wyatt’s mythological Sister Abigail, I’m referring to the god-awful character that WWE had Wyatt portray with him wearing a black veil over his face.

‘The Eater of Worlds’ would bring the mysterious character to life during his ongoing feud with Finn Balor and ‘The Demon King’ as they edged towards their explosive blow-off finale at TLC 2017.

Wyatt had recently returned to Monday Night RAW and immediately set his sights on Balor, and the two looked to settle the score in this dramatic battle of alter-egos. There was a lot of fan backlash over Wyatt’s Sister Abigail character during this time, with many saying the gimmick was horrendous and laughable.

The two rivals silently ended their feud after Wyatt got sick and former Bullet Club member AJ Styles stepped in his place for an amazing dream match. Who knows what would have happened if Wyatt legitimately had to wrestle as Sister Abigail — I don’t think his career could have survived.


4. Losing To The Undertaker

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At WrestleMania 30, the WWE fanbase witnessed the end of The Undertaker’s illustrious undefeated streak. It left the world of professional wrestling in shock and made us question whether or not it was the end of his equally legendary career.

At the 2015 Fastlane pay-per-view, Bray Wyatt would answer the question for WWE fans, when he mocked ‘The Deadman’ and essentially challenged him to a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All.

This, in my opinion, should have been a passing of the torch moment for Wyatt. He was on his way to becoming the new supernatural entity in WWE, but ‘Taker convincingly won the match and destroyed the aura of Bray Wyatt that much further.

Once again, his momentum was killed at WrestleMania.


3. The Fiend vs. Seth Rollins in Hell in a Cell

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In 2019, WWE had one of the hottest acts in professional wrestling in the palm of their hands: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt. Wyatt’s alter-ego was so damn cool, and a breath of fresh air on the main roster. He was booked as a heel, taking out all his previous foes who had done wrong by Wyatt in the past — WWE fans were fully behind this new monster. With Seth Rollins in need of a fresh challenger for his Universal Championship, ‘The Fiend’ was the natural choice.

After several months of incredible booking, including destroying Finn Balor at SummerSlam, Wyatt’s character would be put to the test at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. Rollins and ‘The Fiend’ beat the holy hell out of each other, but no matter what the Universal champion threw at him, ‘The Fiend’ wouldn’t stay down.

The closing moments of the match feature one of the most bizarre creative decisions the WWE fandom has ever witnessed. After Rollins buried Wyatt under every weapon he could find, Rollins blasted ‘The Fiend’ with his Firefly Funhouse-inspired sledgehammer to cause a disqualification. Years prior in the same match, we saw Mankind thrown off the top of the Cell through the announce table, and Cactus Jack dropped through the cell, so this was a total blunder on WWE’s part and fans still criticise it to this day.


2. Losing The WWE Championship At WrestleMania 33

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During the fall of 2016, WWE fans witnessed the eerie partnership between rivals Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. When ‘The Viper’ claimed, “if you can’t beat em, join em”, a brand-new version of The Wyatt Family was born and began wreaking havoc on SmackDown Live, eventually winning the Tag Team Championships. Orton even silenced the doubters of his allegiance when he pushed Wyatt out of the way at the 2016 Survivor Series men’s traditional five-on-five match to ensure Team SmackDown’s victory.

A few short months later, Wyatt shocked WWE fans when he finally won the WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber. Everyone still thought all was well inside of the Family until Orton destroyed it from the inside. ‘The Viper’ struck when Wyatt’s back was turned as he burned down the house of Sister Abigail. Wyatt was the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen; crying and begging for his former friend to stop, but Orton wanted his gold.

So, at WrestleMania 33, Wyatt put his coveted championship on the line against his foe. During the match, creepy bugs and worms were displayed in the ring which looked hokey, but what’s worse t is that Wyatt was dropped with one RKO and lost his championship along with all of his momentum.

Are you seeing a trend here?


1. Bray Wyatt’s Legacy Dies At WrestleMania 30

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It’s extremely hard to believe someone’s legacy could be over just as quickly as it began, but that’s exactly what happened to Bray Wyatt. On the road to WrestleMania 30, Wyatt was starting to become something special and the WWE fans were behind his ‘Eater of Worlds’ character.

The Wyatt Family as a whole was a well-oiled machine after their epic feud with The Shield. So at the 2014 Elimination Chamber when Wyatt attacked John Cena, the WWE community resounded in cheers even though Wyatt was a heel at the time. Wyatt’s explanation for his attack was so simple yet powerful, claiming that Cena’s “Rise Above Hate” moniker was a façade. Wyatt was gold on the mic while verbally infuriating his rivals on the way to their big blow-offs, this one in particular, with Cena on the receiving end, was especially great.

At WrestleMania, Wyatt was ready to move into the main event scene, but the only way to do so was to defeat the fifteen-time WWE Champion. ‘The Eater of Worlds’ was one of the superstars given a special entrance that year, led to the ring by a live performance of his entrance theme. The table was set for Wyatt to ascend to greatness in the WWE.

Wyatt gave his opponent multiple opportunities to unleash the monster inside but Cena refused to give in. Cena threw everything at Wyatt until he was stopped dead in his tracks by a creepy spider walk. Wyatt took Cena in his hands and dropped him with a vicious Sister Abigail for a long two-count. One Attitude Adjustment later, Bray Wyatt was finished.

Ever since that dreadful night in New Orleans, Wyatt has been climbing an uphill battle, No matter how creative Wyatt was, he never managed to live up to his full potential. His release is unfortunate because Wyatt was so talented, but perhaps this is a blessing in disguise for another company in waiting.

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