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Wrestler Spotlight – Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt beats Kane (WWE.com)

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Bray Wyatt: The Eater of Worlds

Bray Wyatt was born Windham Lawrence Rotunda on May 23rd, 1987 in Brooksville, Florida. He is a third generation wrestler, which was a genuine surprise for me to find out. I had no idea he was so deeply entrenched in the business of Professional Wrestling. Bray’s grandfather is Robert Jack Windham, otherwise known as Blackjack Mulligan. For those of you wondering who in the hell that is, he wrestled from ’67 to ’88.

Bray’s father is Mike Rotunda, who some fans my age will remember as I.R.S, Irwin R. Schyster, or Wall Street from his WCW/NWO days. His uncles are Kendall and Barry Windham, and his brother is Bo Dallas. This explains so much to me.

I had a passing engagement with wrestling when Windham was coming up to the big show. I didn’t really watch any of the Nexus stuff. The other day, my buddy Brian asked me who Bad News Barrett is, and it took me three days to remember that his first name is Wade.

Bray Wyatt (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Bray Wyatt (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Then I started to tune back in, and there was this fat, bearded redneck in a Hawaiian shirt preaching like a backwoods Charles Manson. I didn’t know what to think of it. The idea of a cult leader within the WWE locker room has been done before. I’m talking about the Ministry of Darkness. That came to be one night on Monday Night Raw. Mideon was over by Jim Ross and Jerry the King Lawler, ranting and raving about the coming of Him.

“It’s going to be beautiful,” he says to them.

Not long after, the Acolytes, Bradshaw and Farooq come and collect Mideon. Later in the show, The Undertaker delivered what is possibly the best promo I have ever seen. I’ll admit: I may be bias. I have a fascination with cult leaders in real life, especially Charles Manson. Not a murder-y fascination. More from a reader and writer’s perspective.

Look at what he did with the Sharon Tate. He sent a few of his family members out and they slaughtered a pregnant woman and her friends. Then they used their blood to write words on the wall. What quality did he have that led people to murder for him? Seemingly at the drop of a hat. This isn’t the movies. Taking a life is a heavy act. It takes its toll on people. How did he get them to ignore that?

Intense.

Bray Wyatt carries that whole line of discussion and many more with him, every time he enters the ring. Wyatt is great on the microphone. His promos have the best delivery in the company right now. Windham seems eerily at home playing the cult leader. He had to have watched Charles Manson videos while he was prepping the character. Though, I have heard him compared to Robert De Niro’s Max Cady in the Cape Fear remake.

(Courtesy of WWE.com)

(Courtesy of WWE.com)

I can most definitely get on board with that, especially now that I realize it’s probably exactly what he’s going for. The Hawaiian shirt, the hat, the Southern inflection, and the obnoxious laugh really should have been my clues, huh? I’d love to find out for sure the kind of stuff Windham watched or read while he was working on the Eater of Worlds.

Now, as I see it, heading into WrestleMania 31, both leaders without a cult, the Undertaker and Bray Wyatt are going to go head to head. Some people aren’t behind it, but I’ve said on multiple occasions that I am. In fact, I think Bray Wyatt is the only one deserving of that honor.

I love Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. They’re my two favorite wrestlers working today, but this is Undertaker’s last match. It has to be. Mark Calaway, the man behind the gimmick, has always been about helping get people over. He could help Bray Wyatt get over more, while also going out in a slightly better showing than his match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30.

Brock Lesnar standing over a defeated Undertaker (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Brock Lesnar standing over a destroyed Undertaker (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Can’t blame Taker. He got dropped onto his head and concussed mere minutes into the match. Brock carried him the rest of the way, and then they took it home. I know that’s not the way the American Bad Ass wants to go out. It can’t be. He needs one more match, and it can’t be Sting. Throw those two old dudes in the ring and it’ll ruin both of their mystiques.

He needs a young opponent for his final match, somebody safe. Wyatt is the only logical choice, and I for one, cannot wait to see them mix it up at WrestleMania. I especially can’t wait to see the promos between the two as we head there.

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