Bray Wyatt has made more of an impact in WWE than many fans likely believed he actually would. Every time the Wyatt Family appears on TV, it just adds another layer to the mystery that surrounds them. Why are they randomly attacking WWE Superstars? What is their apparent obsession with Kane?
Okay, I don’t. Well, not really. But admit it; that totally sounded like that smug know-it-all from grade school, right? Yeah, I get that all the time.
The truth is that somewhere at the heart of the Wyatt Family’s first storyline on WWE’s main programming is the answer to the previous questions. Because what began as a meaningless attack on the Big Red Machine was not so meaningless after all. It turns out that Kane is the key to Bray’s next move.
Believe me; I was as surprised as anyone over this little development. Truth be told, I think that as fans we’re so accustomed to seeing veterans used as starting points for so many new faces that I really don’t know if any of us expected it go this far with Kane.
The Shield is a prime example of this, as their first several months in WWE were spent attacking one Superstar after another. The attacks were not connected to each other and their heat with each guy only lasted as long as it needed to until they moved on to the next target.
Randy Orton, John Cena, Sheamus, The Rock and Undertaker are just some of the veterans that fell to Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. So when Bray, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan began on Raw by assaulting Kane, it just seemed to be nothing more than a repeat of The Shield’s gimmick.
And I have to say that I for one was a little disappointed by it.
After all, fans had been anxiously awaiting the Wyatt Family’s arrival for quite some time before we first saw them on Raw. And while we likely didn’t know what to expect, I don’t think any of us could imagine that we would be seeing The Shield version two.
So the fact that this is actually not the case is very intriguing to me. In fact, I’m all for it. But what is the real answer here? Why is the Wyatt Family so infatuated with Kane? I believe that this entire thing could be leading to a major character change for the masked monster.
In other words, the mask is going away. Hey it was fun while it lasted right?
I think that we will see Kane return as a member of the Wyatt Family. No mask, no bodysuit and perhaps no explanation as to why he turned. Imagine a solemn, quiet Kane standing behind Bray alongside Harper and Rowan. While it may seem an odd fit at first, I believe it would be the perfect combination.
Kane has always been portrayed as a monster, a cruel and heartless Superstar who enjoys watching his opponents suffer. His motivations are sick and twisted. And they are all his own. Basically, he hurts people because he can and because it’s fun for him.
And if his character in See No Evil looks familiar, then it should; especially after we first saw Bray and company on WWE TV.
The Wyatt Family is presented as a creepy backwoods group, the gang of killers that the carload of unsuspecting teenagers finds during a hike in the woods. Their recent appearance on Main Event reinforced that notion for me. It seemed that they were throwing 3MB members along with Justin Gabriel on top of each other as if they were nothing more than dead bodies.
Let’s be honest; how does Kane not fit into that family?
We waited and debated for so long, over the possibility of The Shield adding a fourth member. Endless columns were written, countless discussions occurred, all centering around just who would be a great Superstar to put with arguably the company’s most successful faction ever. However, it never happened.
And what if that was never the plan? What if The Shield was meant to be just the three Superstars involved and that dynamic did not change intentionally? Was that angle saved for the Wyatt Family? Raven recruited one believer after another for his cult-like Flock back in the day, will we see the same with Bray Wyatt now?
Follow the buzzards; straight to the gates of hell.
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Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist and Consultant for Bleacher Report and a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report