Catchin' fliiiiies....in his moooooouth.... note L-R: Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper.
"I have no... followers. I only have brothers and sisters, all in the name of cause. People are sheep, you understand me? They can't lead themselves— they need to be led. People buy and sell fear. They worship war, they crave war, but I'm not afraid of their wars! I CREATED WAR! And I think it's time for the masses to wake up, wake up, WAKE UP! WAKE UP and look at this LIE they're living in! The world is deteriorating between their toes, and they do nothing about it. They only stand there. They whisper and wonder but never do anything about it! But I've seen it all in my dreams and in my thoughts, and above everything else I understand: this is not the beginning... it's the end."
Hey, wanna see something REALLY scary?The Wyatt Family is a professional wrestling stable consisting of Bray Wyatt (real name Windham Rotunda), and his followers Luke Harper (real name Jon Huber) and Erick Rowan (real name Joseph Ruud). Their gimmick is somewhat hard to describe, but think of the hillbillies from Deliverance mixed with a creepy Charles Manson-esque cult. Wyatt himself has a bit of Max Cady from Cape Fear and the mannerisms of a Southern bayou preacher. They are a very dark, creepy bunch with an ominous presence enhanced by Wyatt's incredible mic skills and hypnotic charisma. They debuted on the July 8, 2013 edition of Monday Night Raw attacking Kane and injuring him. Since then, they have engaged in a number of feuds, and, as of mid-2014, are feuding with John Cena, The Usos and Chris Jericho.Although they are posted as heels, they have won the fans over with their charisma and their unique gimmick. They are usually cheered, and fans typically turn on their cell phone flashes when they make their entrance for a match.
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Aborted Arc: During his last few months in NXT, Bray Wyatt began cutting promos challenging then-NXT Champion Big E. Langston, and appeared to be heading towards a showdown with him. This ended up not happening, possibly due to the Wyatt Family being called up to the main roster sooner than expected, meaning it wouldn't have been all that worth it to put the title on Bray.
Abusive Parents: During his early hype vignettes, Bray said his daddy was a mean man who made Bray work on his shrimping boat instead of going to school. Bray set fire to his dad's boat - and implied that his dad died in that fire.
Acrofatic: While Wyatt himself is not exactly "fat" compared to how he used to be, he is definitely overweight compared to most of the roster. That does not stop him from being a very agile wrestler and flexible enough to do the reverse spider crawl from The Exorcist for real in the middle of the ring.
A Father to His Men: Say what you will about Bray Wyatt, but he does seem to actually care about his followers on some level, flying into a rage at Wrestlemania XXX when John Cena drove Luke Harper through the barricade; his first priority was checking on Harper to see that he was all right. He even refuses to refer to them as his "followers", instead considering the whole Family his "brothers and sisters in cause."
Adversely, Bray once did a running senton over John Cena while he was locking Rowan in the STFU, showing an utter disregard for his partner being directly under Cena and thus eating the move as well. He seems to go against any person harming his brothers - except himself.
Affably Evil: Sure Wyatt is a cruel, psychotic egomaniac cult leader who fancies himself some kind of primordial force of nature, but he has a good sense of humor, is incredibly polite and is highly charismatic. Plus he's got a really nice singing voice!
"If you look up at me, you will see a friend. If you look down at me, you will see an enemy, but if you look me in the eye, you will see a god."
Incidentally, that's paraphrasing a quote from Charles Manson.
Also said on the May 5, 2014 RAW.
All There in the Manual: The story behind Sister Abigail, the namesake of Wyatt's finishing move, is told exclusively through an eerie video on WWE's website here.
Animal Motifs: Sheep. Wyatt often gives speeches about the sheep walking upright and turning on the wolves, and Rowan wears a child's sheep mask when not wrestling... not to mention Wyatt's occasional singing of "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
Ascended Extra: Luke Harper may count as one of these. In the early days of the team, Wyatt was the mouthpiece, Rowan was the monster, and Harper was mostly just there to take bumps. But between how well his old Brodie Lee style offense adapted to the WWE (Harper simply doesn't have bad matches), and how well he took to the character, he's gotten over in his own right.
It's a bit unclear, as the Wyatts go after everyone. Even The Shield. Then they targeted Daniel Bryan, and have since targeted John Cena, The Usos, and Chris Jericho.
The Cena rivalry is the best example thus far; Cena took his rivalry with Wyatt more personally than he did his rivalry with Randy Orton, who has put Cena's father in the hospital on multiple occasions.
Authority Equals Asskicking: During the 2014 Royal Rumble, Bray told Harper and Rowan to go in the back so he can deal with Daniel Bryan on his own, and then proceeds to do so.
Luke Harper once said something in a vignette which pretty much sums up the Family:
"Send us someone. Just don't send anyone you want back."
Bray laughing to himself during a promo to Kane, explaining that his flames could not hurt him, culminating in the rather unsettling claim of:
"I'm already dead."
During a fight with Justin Gabriel, Bray let out this gem.
"Foolish child! I am the eater of worlds!"
Luke Harper gets back in on the action in a promo against the Shield:
"You three boys picked a beautiful hill to die on."
Towards Chris Jericho on July 4, 2014:
You may call me Bray Wyatt... but I have a thousand faces, and a million names! Seducer! Accuser! [whispers and smiles eerily] ... destroyer. [returns to normal cadence] I am the color red in a world full of black and white, and if you value your ability to breathe... don't get too close.
Berserk Button: Harming members of the family is this for Wyatt; if they're in a match, you've got leeway. If they aren't, leave them be. When John Cena drove Luke Harper through the barricade at Wrestlemania XXX, Wyatt went ballistic.
Big "YES!": Luke Harper's "YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH" chanting, which were more trance-like in NXT but louder on Raw and SmackDown (likely due to venue sizes).
Blinding Bangs/Peek-a-Bangs: Bray Wyatt. Not to say that he chooses one or the other— his long, stringy hair tends to just hang in front of his face haphazardly, which can result in either of these tropes.
Bookends: In his farewell promo (as a regular member of the NXT roster that is) to the NXT crowd in July 2013, Bray ends his speech with his creepy rendition of "Time Is On My Side", as he did in the early days of the gimmick on FCW/NXT.
Breakup Breakout: Bray, towards The Nexus along with Daniel Bryan and Ryback, and most certainly is this out of the prospects that joined the CM Punk-led version of the stable.note McGillicutty was repackaged into Curtis Axel after nearly two years off TV. Won an Intercontinental title, but never truly got over, even with the help of Paul Heyman. David Otunga shifted to an out-of-ring character and now most of the work he does for WWE is in a backstage capacity. Mason Ryan's career never gained traction from the beginning, and he was sent back to put over upcoming young talent on NXT.
Catch Phrase: The most simple, to the point one you could possibly come up with. It's a single word. "RUN."
"Follow the buzzards."
Every now and again, "Down with the machine."
"yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahYEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH," Luke Harper's trance-like chant that he uses at seemingly random times.
[whispering] "We're/I'm here."
"♫He's got the whoooooole world in his hands...♫"
Cheap Pop: A rare, weird example of a heel using this to great effect. At some point in early 2014, Bray started preceding his "We're here" Catch Phrase with the name of whatever city they were in for the episode.
Continuity Snarl: As Bray Wyatt's gimmick evolved since his NXT times, we have got at least three distinct biographies for his character: a disturbed bayou dweller who burned his father alive, a dark cult leader whose very birth is related to the enigmatic 'Sister Abigail', and now an ancient evil possessing Husky Harris's body. But the scariest part is that the three lives are implied to be somehow one and the same. We just could realize how little we know about him.
According to one interpretation, his different life histories could belong to his previous vessels, whose personalities he keeps in some way. The implications don't make the matter less eerie, certainly.
Cool vs. Awesome: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family, Elimination Chamber 2014. The crowd was eating it up and were chanting "This is awesome!" even before the bell rang!
The Corrupter: Bray officially became this to Daniel Bryan on the last episode of Raw in 2013, though this proved to be a ruse on Bryan's part two weeks later. Bray also did something to Kane after kidnapping him that drove Kane into a Face-Heel Turn when he finally resurfaced, and tried in vain to tempt and cajole John Cena into giving into the monster Bray saw inside of him.
Implied to be this to the entire fanbase during the course of his feud with John Cena, mostly as a way of justifying the fact that he frequently gets cheered over Cena and tying it into the storyline.
Creepy Children Singing: On April 28, 2014, Bray scared the living hell out of John Cena by bringing in a crowd of children who sang "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" while wearing sheep masks.
On the June 16, 2014 edition of Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler claimed that earlier in the week, a four-year-old girl asked him for his autograph. While he was signing it, he asked her who her favorite Raw superstar is, and she replied by staring Lawler square in his eyes and singing "He's got the whole world in his hands..."
Creepy Doll: Several are seen in their promos. The significance is unknown.
Cult: Though how old the whatever the group is has not been established. We know Bray Wyatt was introduced to it by 'Sister Abigail' (about whom we know almost nothing), who he claims told him he was chosen before he was even born.
Darker and Edgier: Most would probably agree that The Wyatt Family stands out distinctly from the less extreme gimmicks in the "Early-mid 2010s" era of WWE. Normally, the darkest character WWE would create during the Cena Era is someone like Randy Orton, who "hears voices in his head" and has "anger management issues." Then, enter The Wyatt Family, led by a possibly-demonically-possessed, ax-crazy, backwoods cult leader who speaks in dark, cryptic riddles and preaches sermons about death and destruction on a nearly weekly basis. He can also manipulate (and possibly possess) children in a somewhat hypnotic manner, and pretty much anyone he wants (including the entire WWE Universe— the commentators often note that "The movement is spreading" as the crowd supports Wyatt more and more despite being a heel). Their entrance begins with a sudden flash of horror-movie-esque images and sounds, and the things Bray Wyatt does in the ring are creepy and unnerving to say the very least.
In terms of being dark and edgy, they give Ministry Undertaker of the late 1990s a run for his money, and he was known for (amongst other things) crucifying people, kidnapping them and taking them to God-knows-where, and even in one instance attempting to embalm Steve Austin alive. The Wyatt Family's creepiness factor can probably be perfectly understood by watching this video of a visit by WWE to their home, especially the seemingly random Madness Mantra that occurs roughly 20 seconds in.
Dark Messiah: Bray presents himself as one but unlike most examples, his rhetoric is quite disturbing and he isn't afraid to agree with that sentiment. However, he still fits the criteria.
Deep South: The Wyatt Family was based in Louisiana on NXT. Parts of the pre-Family Bray Wyatt hype vignettes took place out in the bayou, and Bray's father was a shrimp boat captain. They're now based in the real Ghost Town of Snake Bight, Florida.
This is noted when the group fought on April 8, 2014. The New Orleans crowd was ecstatic.
Determinator: In a meta sense, Bray Wyatt. Where losses like the one to Cena at WrestleMania and Payback would normally deter an opponent or force them to take a different tact or approach in their character, Wyatt's still preaching his word, his hope that the rest of the world will "open their eyes" like he did. JBL summed it up best when he said that to Bray, "wins and losses don't matter." Bray, one way or another, finds a way to his goal regardless of the setbacks he suffers. and even then, victories against him and the family can come at a physical and mental cost.
Demonic Possession: Whilst never made entirely clear, Bray is implied to be some malevolent entity that's using Husky Harris' body as a vessel. A few of his NXT promos have shown him briefly slip back into using Husky's voice and mannerisms, before promptly switching back.
At least one fan recalls him openly telling them this when asking him "Whatever happened to the Army Tank with a Ferrari Engine?" (Husky Harris' former Red Baron) during an autograph session.
Wyatt has also confirmed this on Twitter, answering a fan's question on the matter with "he needed me, and I needed a vessel."
Harper and Rowan might be possessed men as well, given their blank personalities and especially Harper's facial expressions.
Evil Is Bigger: Fits the trope pretty solidly. Bray himself is the shortest at 6'2", but weighs about 285 or so (and that's down significantly from his HuskyHarris days). Luke Harper stands 6'5" and weighs roughly 270 pounds, and Erick Rowan comes in at about 6'8" and well over 300 pounds. No flyweights in this stable.
Subverted slightly when Wyatt, instead of yelling, dropped his voice in a whisper in his recent warning to Kane: "I heard you like to call yourself 'The Devil's Favorite Demon.' You might want to be careful who you say that in front of, because you never know who might be listening."
But then double subverted when the next thing Wyatt did was scream at the top of his lungs, "FOLLOW THE BUZZARDS!" loud enough for half the arena to hear him without the aid of a mic.
Evil Is Not Well Lit: The three of them live in a dark shack in the middle of nowhere with very little electricity. Their entrance is through a darkened arena, lit only by Wyatt's lantern.
Evil Laugh: Wyatt has a very high pitched, almost childlike giggle. It is eerie.
Expy: Bray Wyatt is this to Max Cady (and by extension, to Waylon Mercy) and that might just be the obvious one. The underlying hints that he's possessed by an abomination also liken him somewhat to Azazel from Fallen.
In terms of other well-known wrestlers, he compares in a lot of ways to a young Mick Foley (the original Mankind persona in particular). He even uses a variation of the Foley pop. Foley himself even signs off on this comparison, tweeting the day of WrestleMania XXX that Wyatt is “A darker, meaner, more athletically gifted version of what [he] brought to the table.”
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin has compared the transition from the deadend Husky Harris gimmick into the exceedingly popular Bray Wyatt gimmick as having shades of his own transition from The Ringmaster to the Stone Cold persona.
Erick Rowan could be considered an expy of Jason Voorhees. He's a tall, imposing figure who hides beneath a mask, says VERY little (he's only spoken one word after almost a year of being a member of The Wyatt Family— "Run"), and he tilts his head in a very similar fashion to Voorhees (and Michael Myers before him).
Foreshadowing: In one early promo, Bray said that the Family would 'pry open their eyes and force them to watch'. Fast forward a couple of years, and that's exactly what they did to Cena.
Found Footage Films: The promos hyping them up on the Raw of their debut were done in the style of shaky hand-camera horror movies.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: April 7, 2014. The audience displayed what could be described as cult-like behavior with the Wyatt Family... clapping, swinging their arms in the air and the... oh yes, sending "BRAY IS GOING TO KILL YOU!" chants (although Tazz, Kurt Angle, and Samoa Joe have invoked this chant long before Wyatt even debuted) to Big E., Wyatt's opponent that night. Creepy.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: The mid-2014 pay-per-view "Battleground" used a futuristic heads-up display for its matchup promos, featuring facts such as height, weight, hometown, and birth date.◊ If one watched in high-definition and paused at the right time (as seen in the screenshot), it's possible to see information unavailable anywhere else (officially), such as Luke Harper's hometown (Lincoln, Nebraska) and birth date (December 16, 1979, making him 34 in kayfabe), and the same for Erick Rowan (Minneapolis, Minnesota and November 28, 1981, respectively, making him 33 in kayfabe).
The same can be done by the viewer for Bray Wyatt, who the promos confirm is 27 years old (born May 23, 1987) and is from Brooksville, Florida. Bo Dallas, Wyatt's brother in real life, is also booked from Brooksville. Now that's continuity.
The Ghost: Bray Wyatt's beloved "Sister Abigail," whom he refers to often in his promos and has even named his Finishing Move after, but who has yet to actually appear. (Assuming that she is a person, not a disembodied entity. Also assuming she even exists.) From what he has said of her, she is responsible for making him into what he is today (so she's either evil herself or just plainmessed up bad) and possesses the power to save the world with a touch or destroy it with a kiss.
Irony: For all the praise he gives his "brothers" Rowan and Harper and the others who follow and be a part of his "family", Brays's greatest successes in the WWE have often come when he's been alone, against the likes of Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho, without the Wyatt Family at ringside.
Jump Scare/Hell Is That Noise: Their Titantron video starts with a muddle of screechy sounds as well as a very fast slideshow of disturbing images that take over the full screen out of absolutely freaking nowhere. They even used this to interrupt WWE's "Then. Now. Forever." opening on May 19 of 2014. It's officially no longer safe to watch Raw with the lights off.
Most TV segments end with a quick few frames of a close-up Erick Rowan's masked face, and Wyatt's voice yelling something (it sounds like "DEATH!") before it cuts out.
A minor one, but anyone watching their entrance for the first time is likely to jump upon noticing Erick's sheep mask right behind Bray just before he says "We're here."
Not so minor is their tendency to use the above Titantron effect, cut the lights, and then, just when you're expecting the Wyatts to start their long, deliberate entrance, the lights come back on and the Family is instead already standing around or in the ring.
Knight of Cerebus: With the WWE's current Lighter and Softer atmosphere of PG-rated family friendly fun, it's really jarring to see a gimmick like this one, especially considering it may be one of the most disturbing and genuinely unnerving characters in the history of the company.
Large Ham: ...doesn't even begin to do Bray Wyatt justice.
Lightning Bruiser: While Wyatt is no slouch in this department, himself, the real stand out is Luke Harper, who pulls of some exceedingly impressive moves for a man his size, including standing dropkicks, suicide dives, and at one point, a damned impressive Hurricanrana.
Madness Mantra: In one of the vignettes leading up to their debut, the WWE.com reported toured their residence, a dimly lit shack of sorts with minimal technology. The reporter ignored Harper's warning not to stray and stumbled upon a room where an unknown man stood on his knees repeating the word "obey" endlessly.
Malevolent Masked Men: Erick Rowan's aforementioned sheep mask. Wyatt himself also wore a half mask while tending to a facial injury. It gave him a very creepy, serial killer effect.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Either the Wyatts are a supernatural cult led by the demon inside Bray Wyatt, or they're a group of delusional hicks who most people are too afraid to argue with because they'll get beat up... or worse.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Bray Wyatt is a twisted, sadistic cult leader who delights in destruction, twists people's minds, and may or may not be demonically possessed. Windham Rotunda... was worried that one of his promos would hurt Nikki Bella's feelings and made sure to apologize to her before the promo aired.
Mighty Glacier: Erick Rowan is the definition of this trope. 6'8", 320 pounds, and about as agile as you'd expect for someone that size that isn't named Kane. But when he hits you, you know it.
Luke Harper subverts it, being only a couple inches shorter and maybe 30 pounds lighter.
Nice Hat: Wyatt wears a Panama hat/fedora hybrid when not wrestling.
No Sense of Personal Space: Wyatt himself, what with his kissing victims on the forehead and whispering directly in people's ears. It adds to his creepiness factor. He's also, at least once, slow-danced with the limp body of John Cena during a match. It's exactly as disturbing as it sounds.
Oddly Small Organization: While promos have shown that the Wyatt cult is composed by at least a dozen of people, it seems that the only ones among them who can wrestle are Rowan and Harper, besides Bray himself.
It's possible that at some point more wrestler members of the group were planned - see The Pete Best on the Trivia page for more.
Our Demons Are Different: Bray Wyatt (or rather, Husky Harris) appears to be possessed by some kind of demonic entity with the goal of spreading his influence and gaining followers. Well, it wouldn't be the firsttime demons decided to go into the wrestling biz...
Satan: A few promos have very heavily implied that the demon possessing Bray Wyatt is none other than the Devil himself, or that he at least has some sort of tie(s) to Lucifer
Wyatt: I heard you like to call yourself "The Devil's Favorite Demon." You might want to be careful who you say that in front of, because you never know who might be listening...
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", a public domain spiritual which Bray appropriated for his own purposes.
Reality Ensues: A strange, rare storyline example saw the Wyatts end up in a feud because their actions inadvertently pissed off a third party. They went after John Cena during an important match teaming him and two other Superstars against The Shield, with the winning team being awarded the three spots that were left in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Since they attacked Cena, the Shield were disqualified and lost their shot at headlining Wrestlemania. The Shield, predictably, were not happy about this, to the point where they demanded that Triple H give them a match against the Wyatt Family. TheresultwasAWESOME.
Red Baron: The Eater of Worlds, The Angel in the Dirt, The Necessary Evil, among many others for the big man himself.
The commentators seem to like calling Bray "The False Prophet".
Restart The World: Bray admits to Cena in the May 5, 2014 edition of RAW that he wants to watch the world burn so it can be reborn in his image.
Scars Are Forever: The bald spot on Luke Harper's head is actually a scar from taking an unprotected chair shot during his indie days. He actually chose to keep it instead of having it repaired.
Serial Escalation: When Wyatt debuted, he was not portrayed as anything more mundane than a mildly crazy Southerner in the vein of Waylon Mercy and Max Cady. When Harper and Rowan joined, he became a less civilized, wilder hillbilly in the vein of Deliverance before they started playing up the cult aspect until it completely overtook the rest of the gimmick. As of mid-2014, he's hinted to be some supernatural force of an unknown kind (He needed me, and I needed a vessel.), akin to The Undertaker, circa late 1990s.
Shout-Out: The whole family reminds some of Deliverance. Bray himself is a Call Back to former WWE wrestler Waylon Mercy, down to the Hawaiian shirts and soft-spoken demeanor. This is mostly due to sharing a mutual inspiration in Robert De Niro's Max Cady portrayal.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Averted. Bray Wyatt has a tendency to interrupt the promos of others and start rambling in riddles and mysterious speech, yet everyone he interrupts simply stands there and listens rather than cutting him off mid-sermon. Perhaps Fridge Logic in that part of Bray Wyatt's character is his hypnotic charisma, which can possibly make even his enemies unable to resist listening to his words. Not even Chris Jericho, who's done so to pretty much everyone else he's encountered over the years, has given Bray this treatment.
Silent Antagonist: Erick Rowan spoke in a couple of the hype videos, but mostly he just silently stares behind his sheep's mask. To a lesser extent, Luke Harper, who talks normally but only when Bray Wyatt isn't around... eventually though, it got to the point where Harper began to split segments with Bray, roughly 80/20.
Sleeves Are for Wimps: Luke Harper, in his archetypical white trash getup of a plain white wifebeater and dirty jeans. Eric Rowan too, in a jumpsuit with the sleeves ripped out. Possibly an Inverted Trope, considering the wardrobe choices of the one they serve - although when Bray himself steps into a fight, he dispenses with the shirt and favors a sleeveless tank top as well.
Take That: Delivered a subtle one in a promo against John Cena when he referred to Cena's 'plastic girlfriend'. Most people that have done their homework (or watch Total Divas) know that Cena is dating Nikki Bella (and for an extra point, Nikki got a boob job during the time she and her sister spent away from WWE).
Verbal Tic: Initially (right after their debut), Bray Wyatt appeared to be unable to keep from using "man" as a filler word during promos ("They lied to you, man!"), but has gotten much better with avoiding the tic since then.
Interestingly, there is a not-small segment of the fanbase who enjoyed it because it lent Bray's promos a unique cadence and went a long way towards making them sound unscripted and genuine.
Villain Song/Leitmotif: "Live In Fear" by Mark Crozer and the Rels (formerly known as "Broken Out In Love" prior to WWE buying the rights to the song) is an incredibly unnerving track with a perfect creepy backwoods Southern sound that accompanies their promos and entrance.
Has taken a habit to using "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" as one of these.
Waxing Lyrical: Back on NXT, Wyatt would often break out into a creepy rendition of The Rolling Stones's "Time Is On My Side" as a punctuation to end his promos. He doesn't do this anymore, but he did treat us to a similar rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
In the Sister Abigail promo he opens and closes with a rather creepy version of "Down to the River to Pray." During his feud with Cena leading up to a match at WrestleMania XXX, Wyatt began singing "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" during promos. This lead to the New Orleans crowd to sing the song during the match, and since then, he's used it as a Villain Song to enchant his "followers" (and the crowd buys it hook, line, and sinker).
They can't love you, not like I can Bryan, and I understand that together we can tear the walls of this place.
And then, finally, Bryan joined the Wyatt Family on December 30 on Raw. Only to turn on the Wyatts two weeks later.
The entirety of Bray's match against John Cena at WrestleMania 30 is basically an extended attempt by Bray to invite Cena to become a monster like he is.
Wild Card: Just to reiterate, they go after everyone. The only people they have not antagonized when given the chance to were Triple H and the McMahons. But would you put it past them?
Bray can be extremely detrimental to the plans of even The Authority as well. At Money in the Bank 2014, when Wyatt hit Sister Abigail on Randy Orton and looked to capture the WWE World Title, Triple H and Stephanie had a massiveOh Crap moment that he could come away with the championship, because they know there's no way he could realistically be corralled under The Authority.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Can invoke this in-universe; on more than one occasion, the Wyatt Family has beaten the tar out of someone only to carry them off to God-knows-where. Kane disappeared for several weeks and was not thesame guy when he came back. DanielBryan has similarly been assaulted and abducted, and it's subverted for he returns 1 week later.
Worthy Opponent: Bray seems to consider Roman Reigns to be this; while he viciously mocks Dean Ambrose, and denounces the likes of John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and CM Punk, he treats Reigns with the closest we've seen him come to respect, and describes him as an "interesting creature." Part of this may be due to the fact that Reigns is being built as the next Rock-like superstar. So treating him as a main eventer even now makes sense.
You Look Familiar: Wyatt was Husky Harris. Luke Harper was known to indie wrestling fans (especially in CHIKARA) as Brodie Lee for years. Erick Rowan, on the other hand... his most notable run pre-Wyatt Family was probably as a lower-midcarder in Pro Wrestling NOAH named Thoruf.
Younger than They Look: Bray Wyatt believe it or not was giving out such world wearing promos as the youngest male wrestler on the WWE main roster at only 26 years of age. At least he was until Bo Dallas (his younger brother) debuted on Smackdown in May 2014.