The Wyatt Family entered Fastlane with an eye toward ridding WWE of its old guard, but it failed in that regard Sunday night, as Ryback, Big Show and Kane defeated Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman in a six-man tag team match.
With Big Show neutralizing Strowman and Kane taking care of Rowan on the outside, that allowed Ryback to hit Shell Shocked on Harper for the win, per the WWE Universe:
The Iron Sheik wasn't too impressed with the match:
WWE Creative Humor questioned why WWE would have The Wyatt Family lose when it is desperately in need of some forward momentum:
As is often the case, Bray Wyatt has cut a number of cryptic promos as of late, taking aim at WWE's so-called titans. That prompted a trio of veterans to team up in an effort to take the Wyatts down.
Both Big Show and Ryback have been major targets of The Wyatt Family in recent weeks, while their rivalry with Kane dates back several months, including a tag team loss to The Devil's Favorite Demon and The Undertaker at Survivor Series.
The Wyatts have essentially referred to themselves as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse over the past several weeks, and they have backed up their talk by wreaking havoc on the roster.
Wyatt has even gone so far as to call himself a god, and he has urged the fans to treat him as such, according to WWE Universe on Twitter:
The rest of the family has added to the group's enigmatic as well, including Luke Harper, who has seemingly adopted a "with us or against us" attitude, per his comments (h/t WWE Universe):
Ryback, Big Show and Kane have certainly been against them, and the Wyatts attempted to make the experienced triumvirate pay for standing in their path.
The Eater of Worlds left that job up to his three charges as he looked on from ringside, which allowed WWE to continue its trend of casting the spotlight on Strowman.
Because of Strowman's recent dominance and the notion that Wyatt will be involved in an important WrestleMania match, the Wyatts were overwhelming favorites entering Fastlane.
Ryback, Big Show and Kane have all showed a willingness to put over younger talent, and the assumption was that they would do precisely that Sunday night.
The creative team had different ideas, however, and decided to face the Wyatts with some adversity on the road to WrestleMania.
While it's difficult to fathom what was accomplished by having The Wyatt Family lose, the result shouldn't do much to damage or deter Wyatt himself, since he wasn't involved in the decision.
The New Face of Fear still figures to be in one of WrestleMania's marquee matches just like he has been the past two years, and Brock Lesnar very well could be the opponent based on the fact the Wyatts ganged up to eliminate him in the Royal Rumble.
Winning Sunday may have made the Wyatts look like bigger threats entering the most important part of the WWE calendar, but that can still be done with some creative booking in the coming weeks.
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