WWE REcreated: Wyatt REbooked

Bray Wyatt, The Eater of Worlds, a man who claims he is a god and destroyer of the ordinary men he shares the ring with. But have we seen this. No. We have seen this man drop a majority of main feuds he has had. And honestly at any point if handled properly those feuds could have made this man live up to every thing that has been said about him. Seriously imagine Wrestlemania 30 Bray Wyatt pinning John Cena on the same night that The Undertaker lost for the first time, that would have been monumental. It would have a true statement of the changing of the guard. Nonetheless this didn’t happen and Bray Wyatt has gone on a very unpleasing WWE run.

Look at the numbers. According to Internet Wrestling Database Wyatt has a win percentage of 30.39% in his main roster time and on top of that he has 19-15 pay-per-view win-loss record (most of which are multi-man matches with the Wyatt Family).

So now Wyatt has been re-positioned on RAW and WWE has given us hints that his next feud will be with “The Demon King” Finn Balor. This has already given me the impression that Bray Wyatt will be losing this feud as well because they aren’t going to have Finn Balor lose in his first major feud since returning. I just can not make heads nor tails of WWE’s creative direction for Wyatt. In fact I believe they have booked themselves into a corner that they will be stuck in unless there is a big push in Wyatt’s future.

So for the first time since starting WWE REcreative I will be doing a REBOOK. I am going to be discussing three matches for Bray Wyatt that if booked properly would have given us a far better superstar today.

MATCH #1: Bray Wyatt vs John Cena at WRESTLEMANIA 30

So as wrestling fans I am assuming that we are all fairly knowledgeable on the build-up that was done for this match. I believe this was fantastic storytelling. In fact the scene with all the children singing around the ring is still one of my favourite moments of the modern era. The match on the other hand left much to be wanted. I understand that this statement will break “WWE’s Law” but John Cena doesn’t always need to win. One loss is not going to stop the lil’ ones from purchasing his wristbands and hats. So in order to put over what could possibly be the next big heel of WWE Cena needed to take that pin.

So as Cena would start is flurry of signature moves in the later portion of the contest then the lights start flickering as children start walking down the aisle. Each child would be wearing a sheep mask as well as a shirt resembling Cena’s merchandise at the time but it reads “Flock. Follow. Blindly.”. Cena turns around into a kick to the gut, a mocking “You Can’t See US!” and a Sister Abigail for the pin. After the match we see the children leave the ramp and wrap around the ring.  The referee goes to raise Wyatt’s hand he pulls it away and continues to attack Cena with the assistance of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Wyatt delivers a second Sister Abigail. He then drops to his knees with his arms open and the Wyatt Family behind him and the children singing “He’s got the whole world…” from ringside as we cut to darkness.

The commentators can even up the dramatic expression with statements like,”Did we just see the death of Cenation”, “What does this mean for John Cena?”, ETC. This would add to the mystery of what this win actually means for John Cena and more importantly Bray Wyatt.

The Aftermatch: 

In true WWE ways John Cena isn’t allowed to look weak for an extended amount of time so he would end up getting the best of Bray Wyatt. I would be completely fine with this due to the fact that the “damage” would already be done. John Cena would have a moment of weakness on the grandest stage of them all which would give Bray Wyatt a huge spotlight for future storylines.

After Wrestlemania 30 the creative team had this feud go through two mores matches; A steel cage match at Extreme Rules and a Last Man Standing  match at Payback. Instead of having  Wyatt go over in the steel cage match I would have Cena being shaken from the top of the cage by the Wyatt Family. Have it a victory wrapped in chance and nothing concrete leading to the Last Man Standing match. Cena could go over in this match after a hard hitting affair. After the match Braun Stroman would debut taking out Cena after the match and helping Wyatt to the back. Their feud would successfully fizzle out after the Money in the Bank pay-per-view the next month. John Cena could still go on with his WWE Title reign into Summerslam. Bray Wyatt should graduate into a mid-card title reign with either the US or Intercontinental Championship.

MATCH #2: Bray Wyatt vs The Undertaker at WRESTLEMANIA 31

This match should have been booked as one thing, the final days of the Undertaker reign over the WWE Universe. Bray Wyatt should make a point that “The Streak” was only part of the Deadman’s power. He would come across envious of the Undertaker’s power. This would be imperative to building Bray Wyatt as the next “entity of the unknown”. Undertaker would remain on the defence that Bray Wyatt is not ready to step in the realm of the Deadman. This build would be the best way to book this match, all psychological with “little to none” face-to-face altercations. The week before Wrestlmania Bray Wyatt should preach the end of an era, the end of the reign of the Deadman. The Undertaker should interrupt this segment saying that Bray is not strong enough to end his reign and it will not be until Bray takes control of the darkness within that he will realize this.

This match needs to be very physical to build the ora that each man is taking his opponent to the limit. There would have to be a major spot from Wyatt such as a table smash or a big move on to the metal stairs. This would lead to Bray Wyatt getting the upper hand. He would deliver a Sister Abigail and crossing the arms of the Undertaker for the classic pin and Undertaker kicks out just before a 3-count. Wyatt then picks up the Undertaker sets him up for a second Sister Abigail, Undertaker spins out and delivers a chokeslam. He picks up Wyatt and delivers a Tombstone Piledriver for the 1-2-3. Undertaker would then pose on one knee raise his hand and lightning strikes the ring the light comes up Undertaker is gone and Bray Wyatt sits up quickly almost looking like he is coming back to life.

The Aftermatch:

So coming out of this match we should see Bray Wyatt almost reborn. He would come into a more aggressive ring style. Shortly after Wrestlemania he would renounce the Wyatt Family causing Braun Stroman leading Luke Harper and Erick Rowan against Bray Wyatt. This would fill most of the year with Bray Wyatt slowly taking on more of a face role as he battles back against the “Orphan Wyatts” (Stroman, Harper & Rowan). During this transformation of Bray Wyatt we should see a shift in his presentation as well maybe different music and a more “Deadman” type attire. This period should focus on Bray Wyatt starting to embrace “the darkness” and attempt to control it. He would shed the security of the Wyatt Family and become a dominant force in the WWE.

Bray Wyatt could even tie into some of the storyline with Brock Lesner and The Undertaker. Even have him defending the Undertaker from a Brock Lesner beat down. This would tie into Bray Wyatt wanting to avenge The Undertaker’s loss at the hands of the conqueror, Brock Lesner.

MATCH #3: Bray Wyatt vs Brock Lesner at WRESTLEMANIA 32

It seemed at Royal Rumble 2016 that WWE was building towards an eventual showdown with The Beast and The Eater of Worlds but unfortunately for some reason this was scrapped. The alternative was Brock Lesner vs Dean Ambrose in a match that led nowhere with either man and Bray Wyatt jobbing out to The Rock and John Cena. So basically both men were part of matches that did nothing for future stories and left the audience wanting more.

This match could still be seeded in Bray Wyatt eliminating Brock Lesner at the Royal Rumble. Have Wyatt in the Triple Threat match with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns at Fastlane in stead of Lesner but Lesner would return at the pay-per-view costing Bray Wyatt his chance at the title shot. Paul Heyman would be well utilized in this feud because of his level of “bull-slinging” mixed with Bray Wyatt’s theatrical style would build this feud fantastically from a promo standing. Throughout the build I would also hint at The Undertaker’s involvement in this match. Brock Lesner would get into many face-to-face stand-offs with Wyatt but have Wyatt standing tall and Lesner almost looking spooked and leaving. Finally the week before Wrestlemania have Lesner jump Wyatt and beat him down in the middle of the ring. Wyatt would get to his knees spread his arms lightning hits the ring and Wyatt is gone.

The match at Wrestlemania would be billed as the attempt of Wyatt to control the darkness and defeat the conqueror. Bray Wyatt would continuously come back in this match no matter what Lesner throws at him. But at the same time Lesner is too strong and continues to be on the offensive and Wyatt remaining on the defensive. Finally as Lesner has Wyatt up for an F-5 the Undertakers Gong would hit and the arena fills with the ominous purple light and it almost looks like a silhouette of The Undertaker standing on the stage. Lights come back on the figure is gone and Lesner turns into a Sister Abigail but this is reversed into the F-5 and the pin. Brock Lesner and Paul Heyman exit to the back as Bray Wyatt is seen on his knees apologizing to no one. He would just keep screaming “I will control it”.

The Aftermatch

This would continue into a 2-3 month program with Lesner concluding in some sort of a stipulation match between Lesner and Bray Wyatt. Through this feud have Wyatt seen often talking to someone, almost as a child would speak to an imaginary friend. This would come across as him talking to who believes to be the Undertaker’s presence and this would also give the impression that Wyatt is going insane.  I would have Wyatt get the final win in this series over Lesner finally getting retribution for The Undertaker. As Wyatt kneels in the ring after his win he would seem to be boasting his accomplishment. “I did it. I have defeated the conqueror and have reclaimed our darkness”. But no one would be where he is facing. Finally the lights go out the gong hits and the purple light fills the arena as the Undertaker stands in front of a knelled Bray Wyatt. Into the microphone Undertaker would say, “The darkness is not yours to possess until you defeat the man that controls it”. Bray Wyatt would rise to his feet and stand face-to-face with the Undertaker only to have Undertaker kick him and deliver and a Tombstone and the arena goes to darkness when the move connects leaving Bray alone in the ring when the lights return and this would close the pay-per-view.

 

The Conclusion:

This rebooking to meant for one thing; Have Bray Wyatt become the new “darkness” of the WWE. I think it should have been Wyatt to finish the Undertakers career. Wyatt’s gimmick is though provoking and can withstand time much as The Undertaker made his do. I believe this path would have lead to a showdown between the two at Wrestlemania in a stipulation made famous by The Undertaker such as; Hell in the Cell, a Casket Match or even a Buried Alive Match. Having Wyatt defeating The Undertaker to me is the best example of a “passing of the torch” and would truly set Bray Wyatt up for a strong future. Wyatt would be set-up into title contention  and with such a strong run over the three years mentioned he would be in a position to better help talent coming in such as Finn Balor, Shinske Nakamura and others. The Undertaker was a brand the rarley needed repackaging and withstood time and fads and in my opinion with proper booking Bray Wyatt has that ability as well.

 

WWE REcreated: #1 Contender for WWE Championship

So on Smackdown Live the “creative” team just gave us yet another multi-person contender’s match. This is becoming a trend in WWE. I find it so predictable that I find no interest in it, especially right now when they have so many talent options that they can build storylines with. So this is what WWE REcreative would do:

For this storyline we are going to begin with Smackdown Live airing April 18th and scrapping this awful idea of the 6 Pack Challenge. Instead of this the marketing for that show would have announced as Daniel Bryan naming a #1 Contender for the WWE Championship. This segment opens the show. As Daniel Bryan is discussing the title situation he should begin by telling the audience that he has discussed the WWE Championship match at Payback with RAW GM Kurt Angle. It has been renegotiated that the winner of the title match will be remaining on Smackdown Live with the loser signed to RAW. This creates more mystery of who will actually win at Payback between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. This brings us to the #1 Contender for this title after Payback going in to Backlash on May 21st, 2017. Then Baron Corbin’s music hits. He says that he is sick and tired of not getting what he deserves on this show. He has been screwed around every corner. It started with the Elimination Chamber and then the #1 contender battle royal. Corbin goes on saying that he then finished Dean Ambrose in a street fight and still didn’t get the Intercontinental Title he earned. So then he gets into how he wasn’t pinned last week in the triple threat match  for a shot at the United States Title. So as far as he is concerned he is the only person on this show that should be considered for this contender spot for the WWE Championship.  Daniel Bryan agrees with Corbin so as of this point he is the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. BUT that can change very easily. Baron Corbin is then explained that for the upcoming weeks he will be battling to keep his spot. Each week he will battle a new challenger if he loses to any one of them that winner will hold his contender spot. Corbin loses it and then Bryan says these matches start tonight when he faces Mojo Rawley.

#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Mojo Rawley – April 18th

This match would be very physical and it would do good things for both men putting them in a main event on Smackdown. I would have it go back and forth with Rawley gaining the upper hand towards the end. Just then Jinder runs out offering a distraction. The referee sends him to the back and as Rawley turns around to tackle Baron Corbin it is reversed into the End of Days for the 1-2-3 and the victory. Daniel Bryan comes out and congratulates Baron Corbin for his cheap victory but he better be ready because next week he faces Luke Harper.

#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Luke Harper – April 25th

This would be an incredible match. Luke Harper has done allot to take his stock to the next level performance wise. This would give him a chance to show more. These are two “big men” with amazing stamina and agility so this match would capture allot of attention. I would have Baron Corbin find a way to keep down Harper after multiple kick-outs. Taking advantage of Corbin’s frustration Luke Harper clear him out of the ring and as he is about to chase after him the lights go out and Erick Rowan appears in the ring, Harper goes to attack Rowan and the lights flash again Rowan is gone and Harper turns around in to an End of Days for the pin and the win. After Corbin leaves the ring and up the ramp after the lights flash one more time and come back on to Rowan attacking a downed Harper to set up a one-on-one match for Backlash. As we go to a camera backstage we see Corbin pass Daniel Bryan in the hallway. Corbin says looks like my competition has some enemies and walks away laughing. Bryan says well next week should be a different story, you face Sami Zayn. Daniel Bryan walks away and Corbin starts destroying items in the hall way.

**Author’s Note: The two contender’s matches ending due to outside interference would lead to other matches bring booked on the Backlash card. As well it adds heat on Corbin getting assisted wins.**

#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn – May 2nd

I feel like this has the making of a really exciting match-up. I found this pairing delivered in their times together in NXT. This would be a Smackdown main event to talk about. Randy Orton would return on commentary for this match*. The match-up would have a small amount of back and forth in the beginning and then have Corbin slowly taking control of the match. Sami Zayn would have a point where he goes for something big on the outside and have Baron Corbin reverse it into a big spot through the announcers table. Baron Corbin rolls into the ring at a 5 count and as Zayn is being counted out 7….8….9….ZAYN ROLLS IN. This leads to Zayn kicking out of EVERYTHING. Corbin is getting more and more aggressive and sloppy. Corbin has Sami Zayn in the corner, goes for a running corner attack. Sami moves. Corbin bounces of the turnbuckle and Zayn counters into an Exploder into the turnbuckle. Corbin struggles to his feet. Sami Zayn connects with the Helluva Kick…1…2…3. Sami Zayn becomes #1 Contender for the WWE Championship.

**This post will assume Randy Orton is winning the WWE Championship due to Bray Wyatt moving to RAW. Also he would be kept off TV to sell his injuries from the House of Horrors Match. **

So this brings us to Smackdown Live on May 9th. Daniel Bryan comes out at the beginning of the show and announces for Sami Zayn. Zayn doesn’t come out. He announces him again and Zayn’s music starts but still no Zayn. Show goes to commercial and when it returns Daniel Bryan is shown in the back asking people if they have seen Sami Zayn and no one has. Throughout the night have the commentators announce that they are still trying to track down Zayn. End of the night comes and the Zayn’s music hits to a big pop. Baron Corbin comes out dragging an unconscious Zayn. Throws him in the ring and gets on the microphone. Corbin says that he will continue to dismantle Zayn until he gets the opportunity that was taken from him. Now I know we are in the PG-Era but I would have Zayn get a small cut so Corbin can say “Bryan this man’s blood is on your hands….GIVE ME MY TITLE SHOT.” Daniel Bryan comes out and begs for Corbin to stop. Corbin says Bryan knows what has to happen before he stops. Bryan gives in. Corbin gets his title shot. Corbin kicks Zayn out of the ring after taking a few more unnecessary shots on Zayn. Bryan gets security to accompany medics to retrieve Zayn. Bryan says at Backlash it will Randy Orton* vs. Baron Corbin. Then Randy Orton runs in for an RKO. At this point Orton should be written in as a face in this feud.

“We are now 5 days from Backlash” booms in Todd Phillips and announces a contract signing tonight on Smackdown Live (May 16th) for the WWE Championship match. Main Event segment Daniel Bryan stands in the centre of the ring. Corbin and Orton make their ways down. Bryan starts introducing the match. He is interrupted by Corbin who starts to trash talk Randy Orton and bragging about putting Sami Zayn on the shelf. He grabs the contract and signs. Bryan tries to continue his introduction of the match and Orton interrupts saying that he is not Sami Zayn and continuing “with all due respect Randy Orton will never be and Underdog.” He picks up the contract and signs. Bryan becomes assertive and interrupts the trash talk, “Gentlemen let me finish. As I was saying it will be Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Baron Corbin ….and…SAMI ZAYN.” Corbin goes after Daniel Bryan, Randy blocks the way with punches. Sami Zayn’s music hits. Zayn comes out. Zayn gets Bryan out of the ring. Corbin hits a clothesline on Randy Orton sending him out of the ring. Zayn rolls in to the ring. Hit a flurry of attacks sending Corbin outside with Orton. Looks at the audience and picks up the contract and signs. He then turns his attention to both men [Orton and Corbin] with a somersault over the top rope to the outside catching them by surprise. Smackdown ends with a shot of the three men lying on the outside.

The Aftermatch

This would be a good match to have the veteran sell for the new guys. Orton would take a clean pin on this match finish. I would have Corbin positioning Sami Zayn on the top rope. Randy Orton delivers an RKO on Corbin causing him to roll to the outside. Orton would frame up Zayn for an RKO off his top rope perch. Zayn reverses it but moving back and jumping down to deliver an Exploder into the bottom turnbuckle. As he goes for the Helluva Kick Corbin runs in and launches a running Zayn over the ropes. He drags Orton to the centre of the ring delivers an End of Days for the 1-2-3.

This accomplishes a serious boast in the stocks of both Corbin and Zayn. On top of this after dropping a rematch at Money in the Bank against Corbin it gives the option for Orton to step back for some time at home. Sami Zayn could also win the Money in the Bank. Sami Zayn could make it known he plans on challenging whoever the champion is in a WWE Championship Match at Summerslam.  And due to the fact that the next Smackdown pay-per-view after Money in the Bank is Battleground you could have Zayn and Corbin team up challenging the United States Champion and his challenger at the time and for fan’s sake we will say that it is Kevin Owens as champion and his challenger at Summerslam, Shinske Nakamura. A main event forcing opposites to team up would only help build the marquee summer event. Continuing off their [Corbin and Zayn] loss at Battleground it is booked to have Corbin, the heel champion stomping down and taunting the “Underdog from the Underground” into Summerslam. And this will set up for a big one-on-one match at Summerslam with Sami Zayn finally getting his first title win in WWE. He would then go and defeat Corbin in a rubber match at the next Smackdown Live Pay-Per-View. After this feud have Zayn hold the title for most of the year. This would launch two top prospects to the top of a show and having fans really focusing on the stars of the “New ERA”.