The Wyatt Family is set to debut on the upcoming July 8 edition of WWE Raw. Anticipation has been building among fans for a couple of months now and the payoff is soon about to happen.
And I for one am not only expecting something great from these guys when they finally hit the air on Raw, I’m expecting something epic.
From the moment their first vignette aired back on May 27, Bray Wyatt, Eric Rowan and Luke Harper have been the toast of the WWE crowd. They have been praised for the way they embrace their gimmicks and work they have done down in WWE’s developmental territory, NXT.
Bray’s wicked smile, his cryptic messages, the unsettling music, it’s all done in such theatrical fashion. The gimmick is absolutely made for WWE and the men involved are playing their roles perfectly.
No doubt about it, this one should be big. But just how big are we talking?
Fans are surely expecting WWE to give Bray and company a generous amount of spotlight, which will likely be the case. Fans are certainly waiting to see something fresh and new from the NXT standouts, which is sure to happen.
For me, that’s not enough. Not even close.
Again, I want something memorable, something epic. Just being part of the program is not enough. Just showing up and giving the crowd a nice little moment is not enough. The Wyatt Family needs a target, one that can solidify it as a major player in WWE.
And don’t look now, but it may very well be the guy sitting on top of the company.
When you want to make an impact in WWE, you go after John Cena. Period. He is the big dog, the one who can either make or break you. To put Cena down in the middle of the ring is to make a statement because you will now be looked at as a threat, a real force in the company.
It worked for The Nexus. The NXT gang of thugs left a lasting impact on the industry when it stormed the ring back in 2010 and decimated everything and everyone in sight. Its primary target was of course Cena, who had no answer for the attack.
The Nexus immediately became WWE’s top heel faction. It received an incredible amount of spotlight, the likes of which arguably no rookie had seen since Brock Lesnar’s debut in 2002.
Wade Barrett and his crew dominated the headlines for the next several months, as everything they did was must-see television.
Could the latest NXT group do the same? Could destroying Cena on its first night on the main roster propel it to great heights in the company?
If Cena is not the target, then who could be? Perhaps yet another group of NXT stars?
Has WWE found the answer to The Shield? Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have dominated from the first moment they debuted in WWE and very few Superstars have ever been able to get the best of them.
The Shield came into WWE very similarly to The Nexus, as it indiscriminately assaulted one Superstar after another. It made a huge impact and continues to be a force that is nearly unstoppable on every level.
But is that about to change?
Could Bray Wyatt and his Family debut and destroy, leaving Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns lying at their feet in the middle of the ring? Will The Shield now find itself in the crosshairs, where it has put so many others? Will it become a victim of its own game?
It’s impossible to know right now what WWE plans on doing with the Wyatt Family, but if these two scenarios are on the table, then fans are likely hoping that the one involving Cena does not happen.
The only purpose The Nexus served was to put John over. Cena was the one who eventually tore it down, completely stopping its forward progress. He shut it down and looked stronger to fans because of it.
So it’s a safe bet that Wyatt’s fans do not want to see him go down the same road.
Of course, John has not been able to stop The Shield. If the Wyatt Family could, then it would almost immediately attain a level of importance and legitimacy that many fans likely would love to see it reach.
Perhaps the time to believe in The Shield has come to an end.
Whatever the plan may be for Bray and the Wyatt Family, I for one am hoping that it’s truly epic. Hopefully, we will not be disappointed on July 8 when they finally make their long-awaited debut on WWE Raw. Let the madness begin.