The Wyatt Family is drifting apart. The change has been subtle, but if you’ve been paying close attention (and I know you have!), then it hardly needs mentioning. Rest assured, it won’t be long before the faction is no more.
Bray Wyatt is destined to become a babyface. Part of me flinches at the notion, mostly because the WWE‘s tendency is take every top heel they have and make them fan favorites. It gets to the point where they have no bad guys left, and wrestling needs villains as much as it needs heroes.
On the other hand, it might be difficult to keep him from becoming a face. The fans have already made up their minds that they’re going to cheer for him no matter what, and it’s hard to blame them. He’s inherently interesting because he’s so different from everyone else, and he knows how to flaunt it. Wyatt has so much charisma, passion and personality that it’s hard not to like him, even while he’s committing acts of atrocity.
There was a moment in the championship ladder match at Money in the Bank that convinced me Bray will be a full-fledged babyface before long. After taking out Randy Orton with Sister Abigail, Bray made his move to try and win the match. As Wyatt moseyed up the ladder, juking and jiving with every step, the TD Garden in Boston went absolutely haywire. As far as pops are concerned, it blew everything else on the show out of the water.
Old school fans might balk at this comparison, but I see a lot of Dusty Rhodes in Bray Wyatt. Believe it or not, the analogy has nothing to do with their endomorphic similarities. Rather, Rhodes and Wyatt have strikingly comparable mannerisms in the ring, and they both have a way of involving the audience in their matches and promos.
When Wyatt gives interviews he always speaks directly to “his people,” allowing them to become part of his act. Rhodes did the same thing many years ago, becoming something of a “people’s champion” before the Rock ever stepped foot in a wrestling ring.
People forget that Dusty was not a world champion very often. In fact, his three reigns as NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion lasted less than 120 days combined. The NWA offices, not unlike Vince McMahon, weren’t too keen on placing the exalted “big gold belt” around Dusty’s corpulent waist. Instead, Rhodes was able to tour the country based on his popularity alone, and he was one of the most successful non-champion attractions of all time.
Trust me on this one, folks — it’s only a matter of time before the WWE makes the call to turn Bray babyface. You can make an argument that he’s better served as a heel, and that the WWE is already depleted enough in that department. You wouldn’t be incorrect with either statement, but it’s hard to stop a moving train.