Following the events of Extreme Rules and Monday’s Raw, just where Bray Wyatt’s character is headed from here?
Per the current storyline, Wyatt is now trying to turn John Cena’s legion of child fans against him. His mission has seemingly been solidified by his victory over Cena at the pay-per-view.
More frighteningly, Wyatt has taken to actively recruiting children to his cause.
On Sunday, a small boy named “Little Johnny”—clad in black and with his voice distorted over the mic—appeared at ringside, distracting a visibly unsettled Cena. (Wrestlezone reported “Johnny” is being played by the son of old '80s WWF star Jamison Winger.)
The whole thing was like something out of a ‘B’ movie. Throw in the Daniel Bryan/Kane/Brie storyline on Raw, and it looks like Vince McMahon has only just discovered the horror film genre.
But I would say that, all things considered, the Wyatt angle accomplished its goal. Was it a bit ridiculous? Sure.
But it also established Wyatt as someone demented and totally out-of-control. There is something genuinely scary and unsettling about his current character.
WWE is presenting him as someone who poses a threat to Cena like no-one ever has before. Wyatt won’t just settle for beating his foe or winning a World title—he wants to decimate his fanbase, wreck his life and leave him an empty shell of a man.
In Wyatt's mind, the former WWE champion represents everything wrong with the world. Wyatt wants to eliminate Cena and his image from wrestling.
They say the best heels are the ones who feel fully justified in their actions, and whenever Wyatt does talk, he comes off as man who believes his actions are 100 percent righteous.
No wonder Cena seems so rattled and bewildered by his antics; he’s simply never dealt with anyone this crazy before. It’s an intriguing storyline, even if it is a little cartoonish in places.
Wyatt may be one of the best-developed heel characters in the business right now—and he’s making Cena’s act more compelling and three-dimensional in process.
As for the future of the star?
Well, assuming The Wyatt Family gaining momentum, we could to see something similar to 1999’s Corporate Ministry—a scary, cult-like stable with vaguely supernatural overtones out to dominate WWE programming. (Of course, WWE does have to adhere to its strict PG rating, so it can’t go too overboard with the cult stuff.)
The company is really on to something with Wyatt right now; now let’s hope it doesn’t squander it.