Following last week’s Uncle Howdy reveal, Bray Wyatt kicked off tonight’s episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown.
Wyatt said that he wanted to apologize to the cameraman who he attacked last week in “cold blood” but he was quickly interrupted by LA Knight, who said that Wyatt must “pay the check” because he is still the responsible party for the attacks in recent weeks.
Knight called Wyatt a “fraud” and a “broke down loser” but he suggested a match for the Royal Rumble. Wyatt accepted and then the imagery appeared on the big screen again and then Uncle Howdy showed up with his own theme music.
Howdy got in the ring and then stood next to Wyatt but it was a swerve as he hit Wyatt with the Sister Abigail finisher.
It looks like another top WWE star has possibly suffered an injury as Bray Wyatt told fans that he broke his finger at a live event.
Wyatt has been working the post-Christmas WWE tour loop that started this past Monday, where he beat Jinder Mahal at the December 26 Madison Square (Watch Video Here) Garden house show.
It marked his first match since losing to Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37 in April 2021. He followed that up with wins over Mahal at house shows in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida, respectively.
At Thursday’s Miami event, Wyatt didn’t come out unscathed, as Wyatt apparently believed that he suffered a broken finger during the bout. (Watch Video Here) As seen below, he was interacting with fans when Wyatt showed off his finger, claiming that he broke it during the bout.
It’s unclear whether it’s a legitimate injury or he was just working the fans. As previously reported, AJ Styles suffered an injury at Thursday’s house (Watch Video Here) show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Bray Wyatt is the biggest name that Triple H has brought back since taking over WWE creative from Vince McMahon earlier this summer.
Wyatt returned at the end of WWE Extreme Rules following weeks of White Rabbit teases. Since then, Wyatt has continued to make fans guess what is next for him and who will be in the Wyatt 6 faction. Learn How To Relocate to Canada!!
This includes whether or not he is slotted in as a babyface or heel, as he has shown signs of both during his return. Pwinsider.com reports Wyatt is slotted as the number one babyface on the SmackDown brand on WWE’s internal roster. Drew McIntyre, previously the brand’s top babyface, is now positioned as number two.
When WWE let go of Wyatt in 2021, it came as a big surprise as he was used as a top star and a big merchandise seller. Vince McMahon soured on Wyatt at the time, Triple H praised Wyatt in an interview with Ariel Helwani about being open to working with Wyatt. Learn How To Relocate to Canada!!
Since Wyatt returned, he has been the company’s top merchandise seller in recent weeks since his return and has big plans for him all the way to WrestleMania 39.
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If you are wondering why Bray Wyatt/The Fiend is trending online, it’s because of something said by Pat McAfee during the WWE WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view.
During the SmackDown Women’s Championship match between Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey, a young fan could be seen sitting in the front row wearing a Bray Wyatt mask. McAfee noticed and asked if that was The Fiend sitting at ringside. There was no response from Michael Cole.
That reference might not go over well with Vince McMahon since Windham Rotunda is not with the company. The last word on Rotunda is that he is financially set after he was one of the top earners when he was with WWE. Dave Meltzer reported that Rotunda was making somewhere around $4 million per year and he was a top merchandise seller.
McAfee’s comment is going over well with fans on social media and he has gotten a ton of praise for the enthusiasm he brings so hopefully, McMahon lets that Fiend reference slide without any repercussions.
Windham Rotunda (FKA Bray Wyatt) has not made his return to pro wrestling since departing from WWE last year as he has focused on working on a horror film project along with special effects artist Jason Baker.
Today, the former WWE star sent out several cryptic messages, which he previously did when he was an active wrestler, in addition to changing his Twitter username to “O.”
Wyatt wrote the following in a series of tweets: “I do think it’s true that “he who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.” But to be Sentient. But if you become the machine, you don’t have to feel at all. #WhatIf?”
The only pro wrestling appearances he has made since his WWE departure was at the Showcase of Legends 7 event in Albany, New York in March and earlier this month at WrestleCon’s U.S. vs. The World event in Dallas, TX for a meet and greet with fans.
As previously reported, Wyatt has a very high asking price for a return to pro wrestling whether that’s in WWE or AEW.
The former Universal Champion did state on Instagram last month that he can’t imagine not stepping in the ring again as he will always love wrestling and misses the sound of fans roaring, although he pointed out how timing is everything.
“I will always love wrestling. I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without stepping in the ring again and hearing that roar again. I think about it often. Everything has to be in place though. Like I said, timing is everything.””
On the origins of the Firefly Fun House:
“The Firefly Funhouse, at least the early ones, are a story about my life. I told you stories in there that happened live on television and many that you could never know. It was confessions. They were short, stylized documentaries about my life. That’s why they connected. They weren’t just about wrestling. They were an origin story. What I really went through, my struggles, my vices, my comeback, and the war that wages on. I hid so much on there just because I wanted people feel when they watched. Because believe me, I had every emotion fathomable during the making of those. My life, my art.”
On his health:
“I have never been more healthy both physically and mentally. I have been able to challenge myself with projects that would’ve never been possible before. This is a happy time for me. But I have to be patient. Timing is everything.”
He was asked to explain what is the Cult of Windham:
On the most important life lesson he’s learned:
“Business is about thinking with your head not your heart. So I suck at business.”
What’s on your mind? Revenge? Proving your worth? Letting your ability do the speaking?:
“At first it was all I could think about. But revenge is a confession of pain. And I was hurting. I was angry. And then I healed. I remembered that every single time in my life that I have been challenged I come back better. I’m no stranger to pain, nothing has ever been easy for me, nothing was ever given. But people should know by now, you should never ever ever fuckin doubt what I am capable of.”
He ended the Q&A with, “Thank you everyone! I’ll see you this week.”
Former WWE star Bray Wyatt, Windham Rotunda, has arrived in Dallas for WrestleMania weekend. Rotunda is booked for WrestleCon but he noted on Instagram that he hates ruining surprises. There are tons of shows going on in Dallas so it’s possible that he could make a surprise appearance.
He posted the following on Instagram:
“I just got to Dallas. This place feels so alive, it makes me feel alive. This week in particular has always been a huge part of me. God damn I missed this energy. I missed all of you too. I’m sure some of you have questions for me. I got answers. Here it is. I’ll reply to 6 questions in the next hour. Keep in mind I hate ruining surprises.
Since his departure from WWE last July, there’s been tons of speculation on what he might do in pro wrestling. There have been rumors about him going to AEW or Impact Wrestling but nothing has materialized. Nothing else is known about his plans other than he’s been working on Hollywood projects.
Chris Van Vliet spoke with EC3 this week during an episode of “Insight” where EC3 talked about Control Your Narrative’s Fight Club comparisons, the Rant Room, and his thoughts on the pro wrestling industry today.
EC3 addressing the comparisons people are making with Control Your Narrative to Fight Club and if he feels they are justified:
“Absolutely, because we stole a lot of ideas from it. No doubt about it. There was one comment, ‘Someone should tell EC3 that Fight Club is satire and he shouldn’t try to be Tyler Durden.’ I said, “Professional wrestling is satire, so you are making my point.’ I am aware. I am so aware,” he said.
“The Rant Room originated because it sounds cool in my mind. In the first feature we did, I always thought that if we were creating an army of men, there would be this therapeutic room with a camera, almost like a confessional from a reality show. They would walk into the room and just rant and get it out,” he shared.
“It started as that, but then I’m watching social media where people are making all these horrific statements to people I know. There is nothing you can say to me to hurt me, but when it is people I know and have the best intentions, these horrible things are being said that no one would say to their face. In essence, maybe I rage-tweeted, but I initiated The Rant Room.”
“You can choose three minutes in The Rant Room, pay $100, and say something to a wrestler of your choice and they can’t do anything about it. The backlash we received was because we were using The Rant Room to get money, which I am.”
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“We were in Orlando and someone asked me if The Rant Room was real? I said it was and they asked to talk to Austin Aries. I said, ‘Sh*t, OK, I don’t know if he’s here yet.’ The one problem is that The Rant Room was initially just meant for me, and bringing other people into my insanity was not the best choice, but those that support it were behind it.”
“So Austin agrees, we find the guy, and I bring them into the room. For those three minutes, all the fan did was talk about how good of a wrestler Austin Aries was and how much he respects him. After a while, the fan said, ‘I wish you would just stop tweeting your opinions so much.’ Austin asked why and the fan had no justification. I’m like, I think this is good. What I learned is that face to face, different opinions can find common ground and peace, and maybe that is what The Rant Room is for.”
EC3 was asked to describe what Control Your Narrative is:
“To Control Your Narrative is to tell your story,” he answered.
“That is my intent for it. But we ask people what it means to them, and I’m fascinated by the responses.”
EC3’s thoughts on pro wrestling today:
“I don’t like it. It doesn’t engage me and I can’t watch it.”
EC3 said the turning point was when Goldberg beat The Fiend:
“I know Windham (Bray Wyatt) and he has a super creative mind. I know how much he put into creating that character. You could tell that was him. That was so outside the box, so impressive, and so not WWE. It caught on like wildfire and everyone was into it. You could see people getting involved in it, and it was diluting.”
“But the way that he created and he gets defeated on a grand scale, that means something. To watch him put his heart and soul into it and it’s like, ‘Let’s have Goldberg beat him in three minutes.’ At that moment, I knew whatever I did then, it wouldn’t matter. If that didn’t work, then what will?”
Wyatt took to Twitter to confirm the nixed plans for the game. However, he dismissed a rumor regarding the storyline also being planned to play out on WWE television after he split with Bliss following WrestleMania 37.
Wyatt is still on the free agent market after being let go by WWE last July, but he’s stayed busy by working on a horror film project along with special effects artist Jason Baker. He is slated to appear at WrestleCon’s U.S. vs. The World event scheduled for April 2 in Dallas, TX.
WWE Super ShowDown is over and Goldberg is WWE Universal Champion again. Some fans aren’t happy about it at all.
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WWE fans are very outspoken, especially when WWE squashes a run for Bray Wyatt that was over a year in the making. Now The Fiend is a former Universal Champion. After the match, at least Wyatt got up and disappeared.
The fact that WWE left the door open for Wyatt to return to the top of the card didn’t help some fans. Many of them were very upset at this seemingly short-sighted booking decision.
WWE has plans for WrestleMania which you can check out here.
WWE is looking to sell the streaming rights to their big pay-per-views. A main event match with Goldberg vs Roman Reigns is much more appealing to a major streaming service looking to make money on pay-per-view buys.
You can check out some of the early responses below. We’ve also included a screenshot of one angry man in the crowd at Super ShowDown.
WWE is billing Monday’s RAW from the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California as having two “epic main events.”
As noted, the show will feature RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defending her title against WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Asuka, plus eight-man action with The Authors of Pain and RAW Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Murphy vs. Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and The Viking Raiders. WWE posted this promo for Monday’s show.
– Veteran WWE Superstar Big Show turns 48 years old today. Also, today would have been the 65th birthday of WWE Legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, the 62nd birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Sherri Martel, and the 102nd birthday of WWE Hall of Famer Freddie Blassie.
…sent a warning to Daniel Bryan ahead of their rematch.
Bryan beat The Miz and Baron Corbin in a Triple Threat #1 Contender’s Match on this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown in Detroit, Michigan at Little Caesars Arena on FOX.
With this win, Bryan will challenge Wyatt for the WWE Universal Championship at the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view event. This is a rematch from Survivor Series where Wyatt beat Bryan.
Wyatt took to his personal Instagram account to send a statement brought up their history including their match in 2014 at the Royal Rumble.
“In 2014 I had one of my favorite bouts of my career against Daniel Bryan at The Royal Rumble. Bryan was red hot, it was his time. He went on to main event WrestleMania and become the champ. Deservedly so, Bryan is without a doubt the best I’ve ever been in the ring with. Fast forward to 2020…… The Fiend vs Daniel Bryan at The Royal Rumble. Bryan is like myself in the fact that no one said, “This is a guy we should build our companies future around!”, the first time we walked in the door
WE had to scratch and claw, outwork, out talk, out perform everyone on the pedestal in front of us. Daniel Bryan is one of the greatest of all time. But this is not his time, it’s mine. This is when my name becomes synonymous with the industry I have given my life to. I want to thank you Bryan for the blood we’ve spilled together over the years. But understand, for me, this is my war worth dying for. The choice isn’t mine to make. Good luck.”