Bray Wyatt: 5 Losses That Derailed the WWE Superstar's Career
When Bray Wyatt promises to bring hellfire and damnation upon WWE, it's hard to take him seriously.
He claims to be a god, but his results in the ring aren't god-like. Wyatt is 0-3 at WrestleMania, didn't last two full months as WWE champion and has failed in his most high-profile feuds.
He's not the monster he says he is. He's Oscar Diggs trying to convince us he's the Wizard of Oz.
The losses that most hurt his aura saw him fail to deliver on his dark promises. They saw him fall despite having supernatural powers at his disposal, despite having his enemies outnumbered.
From his WrestleMania debut to his last match as WWE champ, the following are the defeats that have most damaged The Eater of Worlds.
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena (WrestleMania XXX)
Wyatt's WrestleMania debut was a chance to make a statement about how special he was. He was going up against WWE's golden boy, John Cena. He was the company's raving monster looking for a hero to vanquish, a young blue-chipper in the biggest match of his life.
The buildup to Wyatt vs. Cena centered on The Eater of Worlds' desire to urge the fan favorite's dark side to emerge. He promised to change Cena forever. That transformation never came, though.
Instead, Cena fought off the impulse to wield a steel chair during the match before going on to take Wyatt down with zero controversy.
Cena had to fend off Wyatt Family brethren Luke Harper and Erick Rowan during the battle but still came out on top.
Rather than launch Wyatt's career with a monumental win, WWE chose to make Cena look heroic. The powerhouse beat the odds, downed The Wyatt Family and would do so again as the feud rolled on.
The Wyatt Family vs. John Cena (Raw, April 21, 2014)
Cena outlasted Wyatt in a Last Man Standing match at Payback 2014, but a TV bout before that made The Eater of Worlds look worse off.
At Payback, Wyatt went toe-to-toe with Cena. The Usos held off Rowan and Harper to even things up. And the babyface had to go through hell to win.
That wasn't the case in a handicap match on Raw beforehand.
The entire Wyatt Family clashed with Cena, but it could not dominate him. He wasn't overcome by a swarm of monsters; he knocked around a bunch of goons like a superhero. Cena looked well on his way to defeating Wyatt, Harper and Rowan despite the disadvantage before the action ended in a disqualification.
The story here was The Eater of Worlds barely escaped a true defeat, which is not the tale to tell if WWE wanted the audience to believe the Wyatt clan was worth fearing.
The Wyatt Family vs. The Brothers of Destruction (Survivor Series 2015)
Falling short to Undertaker at at WrestleMania in 2015 didn't undercut The New Face of Fear in the way his Survivor Series match that year did.
Just about everyone lost to Undertaker at The Showcase of the Immortals. The Deadman went 22-2 at the event before walking away from the ring.
When Wyatt and Harper collided with Kane and Undertaker months later, it was a much more deflating result for the rising star. The Eater of Worlds had supposedly stolen The Brothers of Destruction's souls and siphoned their powers.
Wyatt now wielded lightning and fire like some mythological being.
It didn't matter. He and Harper went down like two regular Joes against the aging brothers.
Survivor Series ended up being a celebration of Undertaker. There was hoopla in surplus around this being his 25th anniversary as a WWE star. His entrance was extra long. He and Kane shared a special moment post-victory, their hands raised in the air while bathed in blue light.
Wyatt played a minimal part in all of it.
He was the guy the legends stepped on to get to where they were going. Magical powers or not, victory wasn't his to be had.
Bray Wyatt vs. Kane (Backlash 2016)
Wyatt's impromptu match against Kane at last year's Backlash was baffling.
It made zero sense to have him stumble. The Eater of Worlds was in the early stage of a feud with Randy Orton. The Viper, though, was apparently too hurt to compete, so WWE scripted an angle that saw Wyatt lay out Orton backstage.
Kane was the replacement foe, and the two met in a No Holds Barred match.
Yes, Orton distracted Wyatt to help Kane win, but The Big Red Machine dominated much of the action anyway. At 49, no less.
This move took Wyatt in the wrong direction.
Kane was the man he beat at SummerSlam 2013 on his character's main-roster in-ring debut. Wyatt should have been stronger and more dangerous by 2016. Instead, he couldn't beat his first stepping stone.
The rest of the PPV was all about reshaping the SmackDown landscape. AJ Styles, Heath Slater and Rhyno, Becky Lynch all emerged with huge victories, helping them become the heart of the brand. Wyatt didn't get that kind of opportunity. He was losing to a guy he should have been wrecking.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 33)
Wyatt didn't just hit Orton with punches and shots to the gut—he toyed with his mind. The Eater of Worlds looked to defend the WWE Championship by summoning images of insects and worms on to the mat at WrestleMania 33.
It didn't work.
All the mind games leading up to this bout didn't stop Orton. Neither did Wyatt's mystical powers. The mortal man took down the superhuman with relative ease.
The loss stretched Wyatt's winless streak at The Show of Shows to three and ended his WWE title reign at just 49 days.
WWE made Wyatt a transitional champion rather than give him a shot at being a transcendent one. It undermined the effect of his powers. It burst a hole in his tires just as he was picking up speed.
Two months later, and Wyatt is on the Raw brand in search of a career-changing win, again playing the bogeyman who has been vanquished several times over.