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Bray Wyatt returned at WWE Starrcade, leaving many wondering what you do with him. Rob Bonnette has an idea about that!




Bray Wyatt returned this past weekend at the special Starrcade show, and that got me to thinking about what exactly should happen with him going forward.  When talking about Bray over the years I’ve mostly heard from others is either that he is a victim of bad booking or just not any good.  My own take is that he isn’t bad in the ring, but isn’t great either and that’s what holds him back more than anything with booking.

Since he was introduced to us in 2013 he’s feuded with Kane, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, the Undertaker, Randy Orton, Finn Balor, and Matt Hardy.  He’s won matches on pay per view against Kane, Bryan, Cena, Ambrose, Reigns, and Seth Rollins.  He won the WWE World Championship in 2017 and defended it at WrestleMania 33.  When he’s healthy he’s always on TV doing something relevant.  So where does the idea come from that he’s some victim of booking?  From what I’ve seen it’s largely because he loses a lot of those big matches, too, and as a consequence his promo work is somehow rendered null and void.  Now for me, when it’s time to look at somebody’s place on the card and their won-loss record, the first questions I ask are: (1) who should they be ahead of? and (2) who did they lose to that they shouldn’t have?  How would I answer these questions for Bray?  Well let’s see…..

From my estimation his most untimely losses were to Cena at WrestleMania 30 and to Finn Balor at No Mercy 2017.  There was also the bad, weird match at WrestleMania 33 with Orton.  The Cena match halted what had been some real momentum for him going up the card, and wasn’t made up for by the win he would get at Extreme Rules a month later.  The Balor loss was a short match (11 minutes), a month after a 10 minute loss to Balor at SummerSlam a month prior.  And the Orton match was just bad all around – the match wasn’t good, got cut for time, and had the weird visual of worms and maggots being flashed onto the mat while it was going on.

None of those helped, but to me some of his wins weren’t helpful either.  The win over Cena came with a weird finish that you have to see for yourself, and the win he got over Ambrose at TLC 2014 was in a match that just wasn’t much good.  So while I think the losses do hurt, the wins have been overbooked with shenanigans which don’t make him look very formidable either.  So I guess I’ve answered the question and we can just go home now, right?  Not quite.  Because there is the issue of the other take I’ve heard a lot, that he just isn’t very good.  How true is that, and where does that come into play?  Because if there is any merit to that then you kinda have to think that he’s already been booked above where he should have.

When it comes to wrestling ability, there’s a lot of subjectivity involved.  We all have style preferences, and then there’s the matter of liking certain things more when our favorites do them than when others do.  To call someone really great or really bad often includes some degree of mental gymnastics that may or may not survive any serious cross examination.  In this case I think the subject is somewhere in that mushy middle.

Bray isn’t bad from a standpoint of being sloppy or anything, but I find most of his ring work to be forgettable.  When you look back at his best matches, they are largely because of his opponents and not him (Cena and Reigns come to mind here, along with the other participants in some of the better multi-man matches he’s been in.)  There really isn’t much that he does to remember.  Go ahead and think back to what would be considered his best singles matches – did he do any of the big spots or other memorable stuff?  To be honest I don’t think so.  His match at Hell in a Cell 2015 was pretty great but you could have swapped him out with a number of people and gotten the same result or better.  Ditto for his Last Man Standing Match with Cena at Payback 2015.

If you agree with that then I have to ask – should somebody as easily interchangeable in the ring be getting booked to come out on top of your best guys?  I say no.  If you’re booked to beat a main eventer then you should be able to hold down a main event match yourself, which from my estimation he isn’t equipped to do.  Roman Reigns had people engaged in matches against Jinder Mahal, Bobby Lashley, and the Revival – you think Bray can do that?




I sure don’t, which means that in my opinion there’s a real ceiling on how high you can push him and he’s already hit it.  That he and the WWE creative folks turned Husky Harris into anything meaningful is a pretty big accomplishment in itself.  But now in the fifth year of his second stint on the main roster, he is what he is and that’s a guy who works 10 minute midcard singles matches and is better suited in six man tags or Fatal Four Way type of encounters.  Which leads me to my conclusion about what to do with Bray Wyatt going forward.  And that is:

Reform the Wyatt Family

Yeah I know we’ve seen that before.  Twice before to be exact, and the last time it ended with them at odds with one another.  So why do it a third time?  Well, because they’re all better together than apart.  Harper and Rowan are both good workers (Harper has been great in spots as a tag guy and a single), but Rowan can’t get any crowd reaction himself and Harper isn’t better at that than any number of people already on the roster.  And like I said Bray as a wrestler is better in spot duty than on his own.

Harper and Rowan had their run as the Bludgeon Brothers this year but while they were good in the ring they didn’t really captivate anyone and sucked the air out of the Smackdown tag team division while they were champions and were going over more popular teams.  They didn’t do anything wrong per se but it just didn’t take.  As a unit they went toe to toe with the Shield in some absolutely great matches in 2014.  No reason they couldn’t do more with Sanity, New Day, or the Club (Gallows & Anderson with either AJ or Finn Balor).  Harper and Rowan making another tag team title run with Bray as their mouthpiece could possibly get over better than their first reign did without him.

The alternatives?  Split Harper and Rowan again, which would essentially turn Rowan into a job guy on his way to getting Future Endeavored.  Harper could salvage something on his own and get back to challenging for secondary titles like he was doing in late 2014/early 2015.  And Bray would probably been doing what he has been for the past year, meandering around in the midcard and on ad hoc tag teams.  Or you could try Harper and Rowan again as the Bludgeon Bros, but this time they’d probably be in the role of putting other guys over and not winning much.  But together again there’s a chance for all three to do something more.

Bray likely won’t be World Champion again but a US or Intercontinental Title would be within reach, especially with two henchmen by his side.  I agree that Bray’s spooky man promos don’t mean much if he’s not winning more but there needs to be a real reason to book him to win more before you do it.  And I don’t think there’s any route to getting there that doesn’t involve putting the band back together, because quite frankly none of these three guys has what it takes to truly succeed in a big way on their own.  If you don’t believe me, then go back and watch for yourself.  You may not totally come around to my view but I’m willing to bet you might move in my direction just a little.





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Chris’s Insanely Early 2019 SummerSlam Match Predictions

Chris King jumps ahead to WWE SummerSlam 2019 and predicts the card we may see in Toronto next month!

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Chris King jumps ahead to WWE SummerSlam 2019 and predicts the card we may see in Toronto next month!

This past Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules the WWE Universe was shaken to its core when Brock Lesnar cashed-in on Seth Rollins to become a 3X-Time Universal Champion! On Raw “The Beastslayer” outlasted nine other competitors (one of them originally announced as Daniel Bryan but then changed to Sami Zayn) in the first-ever cross-brand All-star 10-Man Over-The-Top Battle Royal to get his rematch at SummerSlam.

Natalya also won a fatal-four-way to become The Man Becky Lynch’s challenger for SummerSlam. We also witnessed the amazing debut of The Fiend as Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Finn Balor! Shortly after it was announced that Wyatt and Balor are set to do battle again at WWE SummerSlam!

On this past Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, In a six-man tag team match with Randy Orton, Elias, and Samoa Joe vs. The New Day Orton pinned the WWE Champion clean. We also got Round II of Cesaro/Aleister Black, and Black won decisively. Also, Bayley teamed with Ember Moon to face Fire and Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille. In their post-match celebration Moon accepted Bayley’s challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam.

Last but certainly not least, Kevin Owens once again defied Shane McMahon and his myriad of corporate stooges and stunned the boss not once but twice! Below I will be giving my predictions for the rest of the matches to be included for SummerSlam.

Chris’s 2019 SummerSlam Match Card Predictions

WWE SummerSlam Kick-Off Show

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship
    Shinsuke Nakamura © vs. Mustafa Ali
  • Gimmick Match for the WWE 24/7 Championship
    R-Truth © vs. Drake Maverick
  • Fatal-5-Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
    Drew Gulak © vs. Tony Nese vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher vs. Oney Lorcan

WWE SummerSlam Pay-Per-View

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship
    New Day © vs. Heavy Machinery
  • Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Match for the Raw Tag Team Championship
    The Revival © vs. The Usos vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. The Viking Raiders
  • Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan
  • 2-Out-3 Falls Match for the WWE United States Championship
    AJ Styles © vs. Ricochet
  • Aleister Black vs. Cesaro (part 3)
  • Triple Threat Match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
    The IIconics © vs. The Kabuki Warriors vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille
  • Kevin Owens vs. Drew McIntyre
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross
  • Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns
  • Bray Wyatt (The Fiend) vs. Finn Balor (The Demon)
  • Rey Mysterio vs. Baron Corbin
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship
    Bayley © vs. Ember Moon
  • Raw Women’s Championship
    Becky Lynch © vs. Natalya
  • WWE Championship
    Kofi Kingston © vs. Randy Orton
  • Universal Championship
    Brock Lesnar © vs. Seth Rollins


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The Club Taking Over WWE–And How The Undisputed Era vs. The Club Could Impact The Future Of NXT

Chris King takes a look at the resurgence of The Club in WWE, and the possibility of a run-in with NXT favorites the Undisputed Era.

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Chris King takes a look at the resurgence of The Club in WWE, and the possibility of a run-in with NXT favorites the Undisputed Era.

At Extreme Rules Styles and Ricochet did battle once again over the coveted United States Championship, where both competitors put on a wrestling clinic and Styles became a three-time United States Champion!

With Styles holding the United States Championship one must expect, that The Good Brothers are coming for the Raw Tag Team Championships. I already predict that they will win the titles as soon as SummerSlam. Finn Balor recently lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura, perhaps he may set his sights on the WWE or Universal Championship?

How The Undisputed Era vs The Club Will Help The Future Of NXT

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The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong, and Bobby Fish), have taken NXT by storm since August 2017. All four members have accomplished so much in two short years. Under “Freebird Rule” Undisputed Era are two-time NXT Tag-team Champions, and Cole was the inaugural North American Champion and current NXT Champion.

On July 17, 2019, Club member Karl Anderson sent out a tweet stating that ‘The Club’ is the only club that matters.

A fan responded with a tweet of The Undisputed Era and the leader of The Club Styles found it hilarious, signifying that NXT’s top faction wasn’t a real threat.

Roderick Strong and Adam Cole didn’t waste any time firing back.

Could we witness two of the most popular factions in WWE and NXT battle for brand supremacy?

This has never happened before and it’s something new and fresh, that pro wrestling fans all over the world would be salivating for. Not only would The Club vs. The Undisputed Era be an EPIC dream feud for the ages, it will also have a significant impact on the future of the black and gold brand.

Over the years NXT has morphed from being the developmental territory, into its own brand delivering some of the most exhilarating five-star matches of all time. What was once heralded as a launchpad for up-and-coming talent to make it to the main roster, now is viewed as it’s own entity.

Undisputed Era will be looking to prove that the black and gold brand is the creme of the crop, while The Club, on the other hand, is cementing their status as untouchable on the main roster. Something that their rivals have proved for over two years while holding all the gold at separate times.

The battles that these factions would have would be completely insane, and with two of the best talkers in the industry, the promos would straight fire! In the world of professional wrestling anything is possible, so come on Triple H convince Vince McMahon why this feud needs to happen and that boys and girls is… Undisputed!!!

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