WWE's Bray Wyatt Is the Latest Example of the Company Moving Forward

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2013

photo by wwe.com
photo by wwe.com

Bray Wyatt was somewhat informally introduced to the masses on the May 27 edition of WWE Raw this past Monday, in what can only be called the creepiest video package that fans have seen in quite some time.  This video surely signals the imminent debut of Bray and the Wyatt Family, in a move that is further proof of WWE moving forward with its next generation of stars.

For me, this has to be one of the most exciting times that WWE has had in years.  And Bray Wyatt is just the newest addition to an already expanding roster of young WWE Superstars whose time has come to shine on the main stage.

It was back on May 20, when Paul Heyman introduced Joe Hennig, now known as Curtis Axel, as his newest client.  It was a move that certainly surprised many fans but when it happened I have to say that while I did not expect it, I was not unhappy with the choice at all.

Axel may not have been the popular choice, but the fact is that he is skilled in the ring and definitely has something to offer.  He has been given an incredible opportunity to impress not only the fans but WWE creative and Vince McMahon, who put him in this position to begin with.

Though the jury is still out on Fandango, the fact is that WWE continues to feature him on TV and seems committed to him being established in the company.  He has looked good in his matches thus far and he has totally embraced his character, playing it to the hilt every time we see him.

Fandango’s dance craze may have cooled off somewhat, but it did initially get him more attention from the crowd who perhaps would not have given him the time of day otherwise. Now that he is settling into WWE, we can finally begin to see what he can do.

Big E Langston has spent much of his career on WWE’s main roster doing nothing but playing bodyguard for World Champion Dolph Ziggler and his girlfriend AJ Lee.  But, Langston is a brute, a big man who uses his power to his full advantage whenever he’s in the ring.  

Now that we have seen him perform, it’s obvious that he can definitely make an impact in the company and it’s likely just a matter of time before he does just that.  Big E could be on his way to something big in WWE.

And of course we cannot forget about The Shield, three men who have taken WWE by storm and whose momentum has yet to be slowed by any Superstar in the company.  Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are a well oiled machine, capable of maximum damage and reckless mayhem inside the ring.

But they are also very good inside that ring.  They have gotten over with fans who respect what The Shield are capable of and believe that their dominant run in WWE is only just the beginning.

And I for one have to agree.

Ryback's rise is WWE has been the subject of much debate since he debuted. He went up the ladder very fast and while some fans may disagree with the way it was done, I feel that whether you love or hate him, there is no denying that he is a major player in the company.

Facing John Cena for the WWE Championship is likely not what was expected when he first entered the company but now it's here.  WWE seems set on making Ryback a future star.

The fact is that the future is now for Vince McMahon’s company.  The only way to progress, the only way to ensure that they continue to thrive in the days, months and years ahead, is to introduce stars who are ready to carry the torch forward.  It is a tried and true method of survival and one that McMahon is no stranger to.

I believe that the primary reason why WWE defeated WCW during the Monday Night Wars is the fact that Vince was able to think about his company in the long term.  While Eric Bischoff was thinking only of ratings and succeeding in the moment, McMahon was busy introducing the next generation of Superstars.

The New Age Outlaws, Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, are just some of the successful talents who were either fresh faces or had been completely repackaged for the modern era.  Many of those stars were young, hungry and ready to impress.  Don’t tell them that it was too soon, that they should wait longer for their opportunity.

They grabbed opportunity by the throat and did not let go.

I feel that is exactly what we’re seeing today and Bray Wyatt is just the latest example of it. The vignette is just the beginning, as Wyatt must come into WWE and work harder than he ever has before to prove that he does indeed deserve the chance to be part of the company’s next generation of Superstars.

The groundwork has been laid, the seeds have been planted and now it’s up to the man wearing the wild eyed stare and flowered shirt to seize the opportunity that has been put in front of him.  And it’s time for WWE to do what they have always done; evolve or die.

Mainstream WWE fans got their first glimpse of Bray Wyatt and his family on the May 27 edition of Monday Night Raw.  The video they appeared in was bizarre, it was creepy and when it comes to whetting the crowd’s appetite, it was very successful.  Now, as with the other new Superstars that are dominating WWE programming, it will be up to Wyatt to take his shot and make the absolute best of it.

This is how WWE moves forward.  This is how they evolve.  Be ready for the future, because it is happening right now.  As Bray Wyatt said in the closing moments of the video; “we’re coming.”