Since his Raw debut in July 2013, Bray Wyatt has quickly risen to become one of the hottest stars on the entire WWE roster.
That is a remarkable feat, especially when you consider that his last character, Husky Harris, was a huge failure. In fact, it was an unmitigated disaster.
However, credit must go to Wyatt and the WWE Creative team: He went back down the ranks, reworked himself into a new role and has gone from strength to strength since.
The first few months of Bray—and The Wyatt Family—were patchy, though. Their first real feud was against Kane, which seemed decent enough at the time.
However, some shocking matches and a bizarre ending to the storyline—Kane was kidnapped, then the storyline was left to die—left it all feeling a bit flat.
But things have slowly improved for The Wyatt Family over the last few months. Feuding with Daniel Bryan and CM Punk—especially with the whole "Daniel Wyatt" angle—has elevated them into a position of relative power on the WWE roster.
The same could also be said about their rivalry with The Shield—that was a great series of battles and an angle which could possibly be explored again somewhere down the line.
However, Extreme Rules could be the moment where Bray Wyatt finally arrives as a top individual star in the WWE. As we've touched on, it has been coming for a while.
The upcoming show will give Wyatt the opportunity to rise to enormous new heights for several reasons. First of all, he will be fighting the company's top guy, John Cena, on pay-per-view once again.
Although he lost the first real battle between the two at WrestleMania XXX, the Extreme Rules show provides a superb opportunity for him to exact some timely revenge. Beating Cena on pay-per-view is an honor not many people receive—should it happen, Wyatt will move forward with great momentum.
But perhaps the biggest factor in Wyatt's emergence at Extreme Rules will be the concept of the show itself—its extremity.
In this modern era, there are very few opportunities for wrestlers to go beyond the limit in terms of delivering a brutal, exciting showpiece match.
But with Cena vs. Wyatt locked inside a steel cage, Wyatt's demonic side will surely come to the fore. It will likely be a brutal dissection of Cena in the moments when Wyatt is on top, which will only endear himself to the crowd even more.
All in all, Bray Wyatt's constant and steady rise to the top of the tree in WWE is going well—certainly better than it was as Husky Harris, at least. But Extreme Rules could well be the moment where we see Bray Wyatt emerge to the very top of the company.
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