In recent months, the WWE Universe has been told to follow the buzzards, with their path normally leading directly to some type of heinous carnage being perpetrated by the mysterious and brutal Wyatt Family.
However, their path has been somewhat hampered lately with the newly formed team of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk taking exception to the groups antics, leading to vicious attacks on both competitors.
Led by the charismatic Bray Wyatt, the group also consists of the hulking Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. And week after week, the trio seems to be the focal point of increasingly strange and violent attacks on some of the WWE’s most beloved competitors.
Until recently, Bryan was the hottest commodity that the company has had, but he is suddenly being relegated to the midcard and a feud with the upstart Wyatts.
Punk is in a similar situation. After dispatching his former best friend, Paul Heyman, and his client, Ryback, at Hell in a Cell, Punk was without a severe conflict in his path. The Wyatts soon became his focus, and his shaky partnership with Bryan seemed to be formed.
However, despite the fact that Bryan and Punk are two of the most popular superstars on the WWE rosters, their involvement in a feud with the Wyatts might not be exactly right with regard to helping the trio become a bona fide threat to the rest of the roster.
The main issue is that the group may have already become a must-see commodity for fans and may not really need Bryan or Punk to continue the trend.
Since its debut several months back, the group has embarked on countless attacks on numerous superstars, with very little explanation for its antics to back up its physical altercations.
Men like the Miz, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and Kane have all fallen victim to the Wyatts, with their feuds being over incredibly quickly or never really developing to begin with.
The group requires the right mix of talent to blend with it in a program that will leave the WWE Universe on the edge of its collective seat even once the Wyatts' matches are settled.
With a major contrast in style between the calculating technical skills boasted by Bryan and Punk and the brutal and powerful ones of each member of the Family, the in-ring contests between the two respective teams would presumably be one-sided depending on who was able to gain the advantage from the outset of the contest.
If the Family members were to get their hands on their opponents, they could easily make short work of them by using various power moves to assert their dominance.
Conversely, their more seasoned and technically gifted opponents could tire them out quickly and use several fighting styles to wear them down. And when it comes down to it, watching big men getting worn down by submission holes is not the most entertaining or flashy thing. If the name of the game is excitement, submission wrestling is not the way to go.
Wrestling fans require being entertained to put their support behind a wrestler or faction. The Wyatts are already entertaining to begin with. Adding main event level talent to the equation at this juncture is somewhat rushed, considering that they have not yet had an actual prolonged feud with anyone on the roster.
In addition, it remains to be seen if Rowan and Harper can even be major players in regard to the company going forward. Rowan, a 6’8” colossus, appears to be incredibly limited in the ring, with his main attribute being his size. But his other in-ring skills are lacking as of now.
Harper is the more intriguing option of the duo of minions, as he seems to possess a level of quickness that is rare in a man of his size. He could be a great player moving forward but only if he is given the chance to shine on his own and not as a mindless follower.
Then of course, there’s Bray Wyatt himself. A larger competitor at 6’3” and nearly 300 pounds, he possesses the athleticism of a cruiserweight and a type of quiet control over his followers that can only be called magnetic.
But can he thrive as a singles competitor?
Because despite the fact that the group is tremendous as a singular unit, whether or not its members can continue to succeed as singles competitors is a huge question. And it stands to reason that they cannot stay together forever.
And in saying that, the breakup of the group might actually be just the thing that it needs to reach that next level, the one where each individual is taken seriously as a singles competitor, whether as a face or as a heel. Just imagine if Bray Wyatt lost control over his zombie-like followers, and they rose up to bite the hand that always fed.
The resulting effects could be incendiary.