WWE Hot Take: It's Not Too Late for Bray Wyatt's Fiend to Be This Era's Undertaker

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured Columnist IVAugust 13, 2022

Bray Wyatt's name, alongside his Fiend persona, has rung out more than any other in the wake of Triple H taking over WWE Creative.

It is easy to speculate that a supernatural act like Wyatt's just wasn't something Vince McMahon and Co. were overly comfortable with, especially once The Fiend hit roadblocks like the infamous match with Seth Rollins (and who remembers Finn Balor's Demon persona losing to a turnbuckle?).

But it is equally easy to speculate that Triple H will be more open to the idea, particularly after Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reporting the following:

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com @SeanRossSapp

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One would think, were Wyatt open to going anywhere else, that he would have resurfaced by now. He's simply too big of a name and too iconic in this modern era to pass up.

Wyatt's name has managed to stay prominent despite more than a yearlong disappearing act. One can't approach a big event in any promotion without hearing it whispered.

WWE would be foolish not to capitalize on this, freshening up the product and letting his return serve as another signal to fans that this is a new era.

Speaking of eras, turning Wyatt's Fiend loose amid the speculation of Raw going to a TV-14 rating and all that entails could open up new doors.

Because with Wyatt, much of the appeal is versatility. He doesn't have to strictly come back as The Fiend. WWE can get the best of all worlds—the skin-crawling promos, the torch-filled entrances, the demonic presence—by having Wyatt pop in and out of the Fiend persona, provided everyone makes sure to avoid the mistakes of his last run.

There was no reason to throw The Fiend into a title scene. He's a superpowered demon, after all, not one obsessed with titles. WWE booked itself into a corner, then overpowered him. Then he was effectively buried before his departure.

Those hiccups could merely be a bump in the road, though. The first half of Wyatt's WWE tenure doesn't have to outweigh what could be his second and better half.

He can have memorable feuds with anyone. He can indoctrinate Superstars with nothing better to do into his cult, as we saw with Alexa Bliss. He can be a credible main event threat and doesn't even get in the way of other up-and-coming stars—he can actually enhance them because losses won't overly hurt him.

Under the last regime, Wyatt and even the likes of Aleister Black flopped. Some of the consistency we've seen from the new regime—like storylines that continue on a weekly basis—paint an encouraging picture for a possible supernatural character done well.

Let it not go forgotten that a handful of years ago, it was The Undertaker himself who cautioned Wyatt about being protective of his character and called it one of the best things running in WWE.

The potential for a one-of-a-kind act is right there, where a shock return could lead to something capable of so much more.

Fan whispers about Wyatt and/or The Fiend being the next Undertaker weren't unwarranted, but they came with an asterisk that WWE might not let it blossom properly. Those concerns, at least for now, are gone, and there is room in the gaping void of supernatural characters on the roster for Wyatt to finally, permanently etch his mark on pro wrestling.


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