Bray Wyatt struck a major blow in his feud with Chris Jericho Sunday night by defeating the future Hall of Famer at SummerSlam.
WrestlingINC.com had the news and provided thoughts on the match:
#SummerSlam: A senses-shattering "Sister Abigail" into the wall turns Y2J into a pile of protoplasm. Bray lands a second one & gets the win.— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 18, 2014
#SummerSLam: The Wyatt/Jerich match has definitely slowed the pace of the show a bit...but maybe we needed a chance to catch our breaths! :)— WrestlingINC.com (@WrestlingInc) August 18, 2014
Y2J has been the subject of Wyatt's ire ever since returning to WWE programming in June. Wyatt has attacked Jericho on several occasions and cut promos claiming that Jericho is a false idol, while mocking the idea that he is a savior:
Meanwhile, Wyatt has continued to push his agenda on the WWE Universe in his attempts to convince the fans that they should follow the buzzards:
we all Have the ability to change thE now (memoRies) all we need is a vOice defy them for THEY tell us who to be #DownWithTheMachine— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) August 11, 2014
After repeated beatdowns at the hands of Wyatt, Jericho made it clear that he was ready to go to great lengths in order to get retribution:
Jericho drew first blood in the rivalry when he defeated Wyatt at Battleground. Both Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were ejected from that match, which allowed Jericho to take advantage. Many were surprised that Y2J came out on top, considering that fact that The Eater of Worlds lost his previous feud with John Cena.
At the same time, that victory gave Jericho a great deal of momentum and set the stage for any future Wyatt wins to be even more meaningful.
Jericho beat Harper and Rowan in matches to ensure their absence from ringside, but that didn't impact Wyatt this time around. He managed to pick up one of his biggest wins to date, and he evened the score at one win apiece, with a Night of Champions tiebreaker potentially looming.
Was having Wyatt defeat Jericho at SummerSlam the right move?
It would be an absolute shock if Wyatt and Jericho don't lock horns one last time on pay-per-view, especially since Jericho confirmed that Night of Champions is his last WWE commitment for this current stint, according to his Reddit AMA (h/t WrestlingInc.com).
With only about a month left in his run, it wouldn't make much sense for Y2J to enter into another feud. It is also unlikely that he would want to, since he came back to WWE due largely to his interest in facing Wyatt, per FatDuckTech.com (h/t Wrestlezone.com):
In this time frame, I wasn't going to come back unless it was something that interested me to do, and the Bray Wyatt thing was something that I pitched months ago, and they finally came through and said, 'We want you to do something with Wyatt,' and that's how it went down.
All signs point toward Wyatt getting a second victory at Night of Champions and winning the feud, but Y2J has never been one to worry about his record. He has one win over Wyatt, which was instrumental in establishing him as a threat. In addition to that, he has managed to put over Wyatt by allowing him to cut promos and by absorbing attacks as well.
Following Wyatt's likely win at Night of Champions, he should assault Jericho so mercilessly that it results in Y2J not being seen on WWE programming for months. The real reason for his absence would be the fact that he has tour dates with his band, but Wyatt's ferocity and ruthlessness would be the storyline explanation.
Many Wyatt fans complained about his loss at Battleground, but it was clearly part of a bigger picture. With a win at SummerSlam under his belt and another at Night of Champions on the horizon, Wyatt will come out of this angle looking stronger than ever before.
Follow @MikeChiari on Twitter