One Monday in February we were gifted a match between two individuals that will lead the company into the next generation. They are up and comers and have unlimited potential, provided they get booked in such a way that it provides them opportunity. While the match never had an official finish, it didn’t take away the entertainment factor. The fact that it didn’t have a finish also leaves the thought open to revisit the feud and that is what I’m most excited about. The match that I’m speaking of is one between Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns. This is about how we got to this point, and where it’s headed.
Roman Reigns was introduced as a member of The Shield at Survivor Series in 2012. When he first got in the ring, he seemed a little stiff compared to the other two members. I didn’t figure he was destined for the top of the card until an episode of Raw in April. The Shield took on Team Hell No and John Cena in a six man tag match. Now with Cena involved, it’s generally a good idea to put your money on him. Not this time. When it came to the 3 count, Roman Reigns was the one who pinned John Cena for the win. It took me a moment to fully acknowledge what had just happened. A Superstar that had been on the main roster for 5 months had just pinned the top dog in the company CLEAN in the middle of the ring. That’s when I started to “Believe in The Shield” so to speak. Later on comes the win against CM Punk on Old School Raw. He was the only member of The Shield to beat CM Punk in a singles match. Then he broke Kane’s longstanding record of eliminations at the Royal Rumble.
Bray Wyatt was introduced in a different way to say the least. The first sign of him was when the vignettes started airing on Raw. He spoke cryptically about society, “walking upright” and ended every one of them by saying “We’re Coming.”One night in July, on the titantron came the three members of the family and Bray proceeded to cut an exquisite promo followed by only two words… “We’re Here.” This was built in such a beautiful way that it made me proud to be a WWE fan. It can become really hard to say that sometimes, but on this occasion there was no disappointment. After they beat down Kane that night, they proceeded with headgames by asking Kane to “Follow the Buzzards.” After another beat down Kane challenged Bray to a match at Summerslam, and Bray went on to claim victory with the help of Harper and Rowan. He went on to conquer Kofi Kingston at Battleground and had a long feud with Daniel Bryan culminating at the Royal Rumble. Bray, once again, victorious. In the process of developing the feud he is currently involved in, the Family met their biggest match yet in The Shield.
I hope that everyone had a chance to see that match at Elimination Chamber. After such an epic build, the match had very high expectations and in my opinion they over delivered. In the beginning it was fast tags to keep members fresh and pretty solid in ring wrestling. Then it became what everyone was looking for from the very beginning… an all out brawl. By the end, Ambrose is laid out in the crowd somewhere and Rollins had been slammed through the Spanish announce table. Reigns did his best to stay alive against all three members of the Wyatt Family, but the numbers game quickly caught up to him. Bray pinned Roman after Sister Abigail’s Kiss for the three count. If you want to get technical, Bray 1 – Roman 0.
All of this leads us into a very exciting future. We have two Superstars that are still so young and have no limits to their potential. I’m predicting right now that Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt will be a WWE Championship match headlining multiple pay per views. These two gentlemen are the top stars in their crop. I leave out mentioning Daniel Bryan only because he’s 4 years older than Roman Reigns and 6 years older than Bray. Along with predicting that Roman vs. Bray will be a headlining match for multiple PPVs, I will also say that I think by the time this feud is renewed, Bray will be a babyface and Roman will be the heel. The reason I say this is because we’re witnessing the beginning of the babyface run of Roman Reigns right now. By the time these two end up feuding on a grander scale, it’ll be time for Roman to turn again and Bray will have developed his character into one that can be a fan favorite. If the Undertaker’s gimmick doesn’t really change, yet he has been a heel and a face, then Bray has the potential to do just the same.
I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am! Not only will these Superstars have believable gimmicks, they can both throw down in the ring. I wouldn’t necessarily say Stone Cold and The Rock were the best wrestlers, but they had the best rivalry. Could we see something similar become of these two? In the spirit of Daniel Bryan… YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!