5 Possible Opponents for the Wyatt Family
For weeks now, there has been a great deal hype on WWE programming concerning the mysterious and increasingly intimidating group called The Wyatt Family.
Each promo seemed to be creepier than the last, and each one ended with leader Bray Wyatt stating that the group was "coming."
But each and every time the WWE Universe was left wondering when exactly that would be.
On the most recent edition of Raw, we finally got our answer. The trio will be making their debut on July 8th, finally ending all of the speculation surrounding them.
The group boasts size, with Wyatt himself tipping the scales at nearly 300 pounds, and Erick Rowan (6'8") and Luke Harper (6'5") each being able to boast of being some of the the larger Superstars on the WWE roster.
Little is known about their intentions, as Wyatt's promos are often shrouded in mystery and convoluted riddles that seem to be intended to leave the viewer confused but still very intrigued.
In any event, the group will need some competition upon their arrival, preferably individuals that will not be intimidated by their chilling and unclear intentions.
Yes, it seems as if the company is going to put the newly returned Christian into a program with United States champion Dena Ambrose.
And it makes sense on paper to put the former World champion into a title hunt right off the bat. But at the same time, it might have been a better creative decision to put him in a feud that will establish his presence once again before allowing him back into the big time.
With his wealth of experience, Christian has the chops to lead the newcomers in the ring (more aimed toward Rowan and Harper, as Wyatt already has some main roster experience). This feud could also allow him to shake off the ring rust from his long absence.
If the company wants to give this group some instant legitimacy, Orton is the perfect candidate to establish it against.
Starting with a group beatdown, it could eventually lead to Orton mowing down Rowan and Harper en route to a hyped encounter against Wyatt.
And while no one would be shocked if Orton got the best of the group, it also would not be surprising if Wyatt and the Family came out on top, making them a quickly established force, much in the same way that The Shield operated when it arrived on the scene at Survivor Series in November.
The Viper might be a singular force, but he has the potential to be explosive and dangerous at all times and is entirely capable of taking this faction on by himself.
Tons of Funk
Since a brief push made them popular months ago, Tons of Funk seemed to have fallen off of the radar recently.
It stands to reason that Wyatt may end up having Rowan and Harper do his bidding at the outset of their run, so having an established team to meet them head-on makes perfect sense.
Brodus Clay and Tensai are immense physical figures, much like Rowan and Harper. They are both very quick for their size and strike hard. They could very well end up being a decent matchup for the group once they make their debut.
Unfortunately for Clay and Tensai, they could also end up becoming the sacrificial lambs that are led to the slaughter at the hands of Wyatt and his followers.
There's three members of 3MB.
There are seemingly three members of the Wyatt Family.
And that is where the comparisons end.
While 3MB bring a strange blend of comedy and wrestling to the WWE Universe each week, no one is completely sure of what the Family will bring to the table.
But if the size and intimidating manner in which they carry themselves is any indication, pain and a great amount of physicality are a pretty safe bet.
3MB is comprised of three midcard talents that seem to have no other place. Week to week they take beatings from competitors that are higher up on the talent roster, and the Wyatt Family could easily be just the next in a long line of teams that consistently come out on top of the three wannabe rockers.
Plainly put, Ryder needs something to do.
One of the more talented performers on the roster in terms of wrestling ability, Ryder has consistently gotten the short end of the proverbial stick for the vast majority of his WWE career.
Sure, it stands to reason that the Wyatt Family would absolutely decimate him. But in the interim, he would get some mainstream exposure and be seen again by the WWE Universe.
In the ultimate twist, he could even join the group eventually, going from one of the most flamboyant Superstars to one being browbeaten by a charismatic leader.
It has been quite a while since a turn of that magnitude has taken place, but they always resonate well.
Think Sting circa 1996 when he went from being a bleached-blonde, neon-wearing hero to a black and white-wearing, baseball bat-sporting mute.