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.

 

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Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Runners-Up & the Honourable Mentions


So we are days away from the “Showcase of the Immortals”. This is something that as wrestling fans we wait for yearly. It not only concludes our year (or “season” if you will) but within 24 hours it sets the tone and direction of storylines for the next year. Over the past few posts I have chosen a handful of matches that I tweaked in order to properly conclude open stories but also give us a new direction for the participants. I know there are some matches I have missed. Those matches will be addressed with this post and hopefully I will show you the reader a direction for each wrestler involved. As well as making mention to a few matches I believe we’re missed opportunities.
1. Andre the Giant Battle Royal 

This match has now become a staple on the card. As of yet we have not seen this match or its winners getting the hype they deserve. So for this year I believe we should have seen a series of stories intertwined within the match. Examples of this would be the current battles between Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe or even Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews. That way we become invested in this match. As for a winner I would like to see one of the following 3 men win it; Sami Zayn, Braun Stroman or Samoa Joe. Instantly the winner whomever that will be should become a major player on his brand. If they are going to continue this match yearly WWE should invest in it more. We are entering its fourth instalment and it’s already a pre-show match no one is excited for. 
2. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match 

As I spoke of in my article Wrestlemania 33 Recreated: RAW Tag Title Match the current Tag Team scene of both brands is lacklustre. I would say this is more the case with Smackdown over RAW. American Alpha is a team that has promise and booked right could be a marquee team caring the future of Tag Team Wrestling. So at Elimination Chamber they [American Alpha] defeated every team in a Tag Team Turmoil Match. This solidified them as the top team and clearing the road for a new challenger. That’s where the call up of The Revival from NXT comes in. These are two teams that not only have history but within that history they stole the show (in my opinion) at last years NXT Takeover: Dallas during Wrestlemania Weekend. The booking for this could last months or even be repeated throughout the year. You may even see a triple feud with these teams and The Usos that could be compared to the feud featuring The Hardys, Edge & Christian and The Dudleys during the Attitude Era. Obviously this feud would be more on the technical side. 
3. The Intercontinental Championship Match 

This match needs very little tweaking as I believe they did an amazing job at the beginning. Once we were past that I felt they dropped the ball. After Baron Corbin made the case of Dean Ambrose taking away every chance of success he had there should have been more substance. I want to see it get really personal. This would also be a perfect chance for Ambrose to reinvent himself as a true lunatic. The more Corbin pushes Ambrose the closer he gets to snapping and then finally have him get very intense during their match. It just seems since loosing the WWE Title Ambrose has resorted to being more of a comedy act than a lunatic. Corbin is the perfect opponent to push Ambrose. Have Ambrose go over at Wrestlemania but Corbin finish the feud on top with the belt at the next PPV.
4. United States Championship Match

Now for any readers out there that have read my post Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Championships & Legacies you know that I had Sami Zayn win the United States Title at Fastlane with an assist by Kevin Owens in away that had Zayn completely unaware of the assist. The following night on RAW Zayn would come out and call out Mick Foley. He would give a speech about earning his spot in the WWE and wanting to earn his first title win and in conclusion relinquishing the title. Foley would say he understands and would give Sami a chance to win that title fair and square. Stephanie comes out and says Foley doesn’t make this decision because she has already made the decision that there will be an 8-Man tournament culminating at Wrestlemania. This would lead into Sami Zayn facing competition like Mark Henry as well as The Big Show and finding a way to win. On the other side of the bracket Samoa Joe would be demolishing Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. This would lead to Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn for the United States Title. As for the finish it should be booked to have Sami Zayn fighting with everything he has but at the end Stephanie finds a way to screw him over having Samoa Joe still winning in a big way. This gives Samoa Joe his first belt and at the next PPV Rollins can cost Joe the title giving Zayn the title and setting up a program with Rollins and Samoa Joe.

5. Smackdown Women’s Championship Match 

This is the perfect opportunity to push the envelope with the Women’s Revolution. Every year Wrestlemania features a multi-person ladder match and I think this would be a perfect year to leave this one to the women. With RAW’s Women Division slightly overshadowing the Smackdown women this would give them their own spotlight on the grandest stage. This also is such a healthy mix of styles that it gives the opportunity for some amazing spots and a very memorable Wrestlemania moment. With six superstars announced already it wouldn’t be difficult to round up to 8 with the edition of Tamina Snuka and Emma. I would have Alexa Bliss retain with some sort of double cross over Mickie James. I think a program with a veteran like James would truly elevate Bliss further. 
6. HHH vs Seth Rollins

I have nothing bad to say about this match or the booking. Reason for this was the unforeseen injury to Rollins. Hypothetically Rollins vs Samoa Joe would have been at Fastlane. If this was the case I would have had a DQ finish with Samoa Joe and HHH brutalizing Rollins. HHH could then make the case on RAW that he has officially ridded the WWE of their “Rollins problem”. Rollins would then come out with a Sledge Hammer taking out Samoa Joe and HHH. He would make a comment how HHH would have to put him on a stretcher permanently to get rid of him setting up for their match at Wrestlemania as a Stretcher Match. Just like their match at Wrestlemania now there would be plenty of violent spots with Rollins ultimately going over strong but finishing with Samoa Joe getting involved.
7. The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

This is a match that I honestly think has the most possibility. I just feel that it had the possibility of appearing more organic but was rushed. At Fastlane WWE threw away allot of the “monster” build of Stroman with no benefit. The ending could have came with Stroman being dropped by multiple Superman Punches and Spears and right before the pin a gong sounds Reigns is distracted and leads to Stroman taking advantage and finishing Reigns. The next night have Reigns call out the Undertaker and then build it from their. Show The Undertaker clearing getting to Roman Reigns and continue having Hall of Famers warning Reigns. At Wrestlemania have Stroman come out after both men have thrown everything at each other and decimate both men. Because it ends in this way it would lead to Reigns taking the WWE Universal Title and have his rematch with Undertaker at Wrestlemania 34 Title vs Career. It would be “Best For Business” if the WWE Universe was made aware of the chance of The Undertaker ending his career at next year’s Wrestlemania. Think about it; James Ellsworth vs Bo Dallas in an Iron Man Match could be your co-main event and you would still sell out if there was a possibility of The Undertaker wrestling his last match on that card.
I want to end this post by wishing all of you a Merry Wrestlemania and a Happy RAW the night after!

Wrestlemania 33 Recreated: Austin Aries vs Neville for Cruiserweight Championship

So on Monday Night RAW (March 6th)  WWE started a program with Austin Aries and Neville (Video: RAW Aries Neville Standoff – March 6th). They gave us 2 matches with Austin Aries and then jumped in and  did a 5-man Elimination match this past Tuesday (March 14th) to set Austin Aries as Neville’s Wrestlemania opponent. That brings us to this point in time and I have the feeling that we will see these two get into the standard storyline from this point. In the next few weeks we will see them on opposite sides of the ring in tag matches, at one point Neville will interfere in one of Aries’ matches. This will create enough intrigue for one of the lower matches.
This is what I’d do;

I think WWE did a good job with opening this feud. Neville has already claimed the CW Title after dominating TJ Perkins and others within the division. He then defeated Rich Swann and Jack Gallagher. This only further proved his nickname “King of the Cruiserweights” to be true. Enter Austin Aries; a man who needs no introduction to the hardcore fan demographic but to the casual WWE fan he has been introduced as only a colour commentator.

So after Monday night RAW where Aries made his claim be a competitor in the division I would create a story where he proves himself worthy. I would keep his first match with Tony Neese as is. They had a little bit of a run in previously on WWE TV so it was good they had that as Aries first match. This week on RAW he faced Devari and won which was a good continuation. 

This is where I turn off on my one story. Over the following weeks I would keep Aries in singles matches with wrestlers who have been previously linked to title contention; The Bryan Kendrick, Noam Dar, Drew Gulak. I would have each of these opponents come out first and make digs about Aries belonging behind a desk and not in the ring.

On the March 20th edition of RAW Neville would come out. He would say he is sick and tired of everyone thinking Aries is on his level. Make mention of Aries beating peasants that couldn’t lace Neville’s boots. Then he would say none of them even earned a shot to challenge the king. Jack Gallagher comes out and says that he has. He challenged the king and would love the opportunity to do it again. Aries interupts “I believe he was talking about me Jacky Boy. But you’re right you did have your shot and you wasted it. So why don’t we settle this like gentleman and shake hands and throw fists.” Leading to a match right then and there with Neville on commentary. Aries goes over in a hard fought match. Stands on the turnbuckle makes the belt motion at Neville and points at Wrestlemania. Neville stands up throws his headset and starts walking to the ring. He would get half way start laughing then shrug off the challenge and head to the back. On 205 the next night Aries fights TJ Perkins during the match Neville runs in while the ref is distracted aims to hit Aries misses and connects with TJ assisting Aries unintentionally. Finally we have the final RAW before WM33. Aries comes out for a match with Rich Swann, the man Neville defeated for the belt. Swann would take a hard bump off the top rope. As the ref checks on him Aries gets jumped by Neville on the outside. Ref misses this and starts the 10 count. 7-8-9… Aries jumps back in the ring. He rallys back and gets a clean pin over Swann. Grabs the mic and cuts a massive promo on Neville. Makes mention to him climbing through the ranks of the division, how he has beat all the challengers and every past champion. Makes a point to mention all the times Neville tried to derail him but he couldn’t. Now there is no one else in his way to the King’s throne and at Wrestlemania he will prove it. Backstage is shown with Neville leaving Mick Foley stops him and says since Neville doesn’t want to respond he will do it for him and makes the match.

The Aftermath:

I would have Neville go over at Wrestlemania with a shady finish. I would continue this feud over at least one more PPVs. I would have Aries start another feud probably with The BK because of some sort of involvement in his championship match. Aries finishes that feud on a strong note leading him to challenge Neville again at Summerslam and this time he goes over the King!