WWE appears to be in the process of separating The Wyatt Family after beginning vignettes for Luke Harper being "set free" on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw. One of the big questions was what the company would do with Erick Rowan with reports last week indicating he appeared to be the odd man out.
The following is from last week's Backstage Raw News posted on October 1, 2014:
The future of the Wyatt Family was a hot topic after the mysterious vignettes that began on Luke Harper. As I mentioned in Ask WNW, it’s hard to see how Erick Rowan isn’t the odd man out. Bray Wyatt, while cooled on recently, is still considered a priority and there have been discussions about turning him babyface, while the company has clear plans to push Harper. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
The news appeared even bleaker for Rowan when we learned through an anonymous source over the weekend that Vince McMahon saw Harper as the biggest star of The Wyatt Family. A point Triple H disagreed with. Below is an excerpt from our Backstage News report on October 6, 2014:
…We’re told Vince is high up on Harper because of his size and sees him as a bigger star than Bray Wyatt.
This week's Raw saw another vignette for Luke Harper, however, introduced a new one for Rowan. In the vignette, Bray Wyatt "set Rowan free," while also stating that he "fixed" him.
You can watch at this link or embedded in the video below:
What does this all mean? Well, it's clear Harper is getting pushed. Vince is high up on him and sees potential based on size. I don't know if the company decided they should do the same for Rowan or had planned all along to run vignettes for him the week after Harper. There are numerous questions without many answers.
Will Erick Rowan be pushed at the level of Luke Harper?
Why was the vignette for Rowan delayed after multiple vignettes for Harper?
What happens with Bray Wyatt?
On Tuesday, we confirmed talk of possibly pairing another tag team with Wyatt. Below is an excerpt from our Backstage Raw News published on October 7, 2014:
The rumors of pairing Bray Wyatt with another tag team (be it The Ascension or another duo) are true. There has been talk of doing just that with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan being “set free.” The direction for Bray Wyatt is uncertain and is cause for concern. Some believe they have already missed the boat on him and feel he’s been victimized by Vince McMahon’s lack of plan for the faction after SummerSlam.
The landscape now appears to be as follows:
Luke Harper & Erick Rowan working in singles and Bray Wyatt getting two new prodigies he can "fix" before "setting them free."
The issue is -- given how much WWE has cooled on Bray Wyatt -- what will a new Wyatt Family look like? It seems reasonable to assume a revamp of the Wyatt Family could end up similar to the revamp of The Nexus. A secondary stable capitalizing on past success because creative has no idea what to do otherwise.
It's inconceivable the way Bray Wyatt has been booked since blowing off his program with Chris Jericho. Live events don't mean much in the broad scheme of things but if you thought putting Wyatt under to Big Show was bad, how about putting him under to Sheamus? That's exactly what WWE did on last weekend's loop. Check out the lack of direction evident in Wyatt's booking at this link.
Some people within WWE feel the company has already missed the boat with Bray Wyatt. They had the momentum needed to take him to the next level and due to mistakes being attributed to Vince McMahon, he's nothing more than a midcard talent.
Triple H is high up on Bray Wyatt because he's seen as "proof the NXT system works." Remember, NXT is Hunter's baby and he believes it's the key to his success as eventual WWE boss. Vince, on the other hand, seems to have a completely different vision. The fact Bray Wyatt has been buried and forgotten makes it clear that vision doesn't involve him as a proverbial main event talent.
WWE needs more star power. The injuries to Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns along with the departures of Batista (temporary?) and CM Punk compounded with the part-time status of World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, the roster is thin. It's nice to see Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins working in the top of the card and Rusev is certainly being elevated, but WWE needs to have a plan together for Wyatt, Harper and Rowan.
Vince and Hunter must get on the same page if that is going to happen and based on the way Reigns came off on Raw, there are severe problems on all fronts. WWE has the talent to escape this creative rut but so far, they're not even close to getting out of it.