The Wyatt Family

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The Wyatt Family
Rowan (masked), Wyatt (middle), and Harper. (right)
Statistics
MembersBray Wyatt (Leader)
Luke Harper
Erick Rowan
HeightsWyatt: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Harper: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[2]
Rowan: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[3]
Combined
weight
865 lb (392 kg)
Former
member(s)
Daniel Bryan
DebutJuly 2012
Years active2012-present
PromotionsWWE
NXT
 
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The Wyatt Family
Rowan (masked), Wyatt (middle), and Harper. (right)
Statistics
MembersBray Wyatt (Leader)
Luke Harper
Erick Rowan
HeightsWyatt: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Harper: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[2]
Rowan: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[3]
Combined
weight
865 lb (392 kg)
Former
member(s)
Daniel Bryan
DebutJuly 2012
Years active2012-present
PromotionsWWE
NXT

The Wyatt Family is a villainous stable in WWE. Their characters are those of a backwoods cult—consisting of leader Bray Wyatt and his followers, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Daniel Bryan was also briefly a member of the group. The stable is portrayed as a mysterious and psychotic unit that uses cryptic speeches, mind games, and brute force to make their opponents fear them and to win their matches.

History[edit]

Developmental territories (2012–2013)[edit]

The character of Bray Wyatt debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling in April 2012 and initially associated himself with Eli Cottonwood.[4][5] When WWE rebranded their developmental territory, Wyatt debuted on the fourth episode of the new WWE NXT, defeating Aiden English in a singles match.[6] Wyatt is portrayed as an evil cult leader who believes himself to be more monster than human.[7][8][9] The character drew comparisons to Max Cady of the 1991 film Cape Fear and Waylon Mercy.[7][10]

In July, Wyatt suffered a torn pectoral muscle and required surgery.[11] Despite the injury, Wyatt continued to appear on NXT by founding a faction known as The Wyatt Family in November, with Luke Harper as his first kayfabe son and Erick Rowan as his second.[12][13][14] Harper and Rowan entered the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champions, and they defeated Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu in the first round on the January 23, 2013, episode of NXT.[15] Following a win over Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals with Wyatt's interference,[16] Harper and Rowan were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey.[17]

Leader Bray Wyatt often watches the rest of his Family's matches from a rocking chair.

Wyatt had his first match back from injury on the February 21 episode of NXT, defeating Yoshi Tatsu.[18] The Wyatt Family later assaulted Grey (who had suffered a legitimate injury) while Wyatt prevented Dallas from winning a NXT Championship number one contender match due to Dallas refusal to join the Wyatt Family.[19][20] Dallas went on to hand Wyatt his first loss on the March 13 episode of NXT.[21] On the May 2 episode of NXT, while Wyatt was defeated by six-time world champion Chris Jericho, Harper and Rowan won a triple threat elimination tag match by last pinning tag champion Neville to earn a shot at the titles.[22] On the May 8 NXT (taped on May 2), Harper and Rowan defeated Neville and Bo Dallas, filling in for the injured Grey, to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.[23][24]

The Wyatt Family went on to feud with Corey Graves and Kassius Ohno, with Wyatt defeating Graves on the May 22 NXT,[25] and the next week Wyatt eliminated both Graves and Ohno during an 18-man battle royal to determine the number one contender to the NXT Championship, although he was later eliminated by Adrian Neville.[26] On the June 19 NXT, the Wyatt Family defeated the team of Graves, Neville and Ohno.[27] On the next NXT, the Wyatt Family, together with Garrett Dylan and Scott Dawson, attacked Graves, Neville and Ohno; when William Regal tried to make the save, he was also overwhelmed. This led to the Wyatt Family facing Graves, Neville and Regal in a six-man tag match the next week, where Wyatt pinned Regal for the win.[28] On the July 17 NXT (taped on June 20), Harper and Rowan lost the NXT Tag Team Championship to Neville and Graves.[29][30]

Main roster and Feud With John Cena, (2013–present)[edit]

The group's signature entrance through darkness.

From the May 27 episode of Raw, WWE aired vignettes promoting the upcoming debut of the Wyatt Family.[31] The vignettes showed the Wyatt Family's backwoods origins and Rowan wearing a sheep mask.[32][33] On the July 8 episode of Raw, the Wyatt Family made their debut by assaulting Kane.[34] The Wyatt Family continued their attacks on wrestlers like R-Truth, Justin Gabriel and 3MB (Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, and Jinder Mahal) while sending cryptic messages to Kane asking him to "follow the buzzards".[35][36] Following another assault,[37] Kane challenged Wyatt to a Ring of Fire match at SummerSlam, which he accepted.[38] On August 18 at the pay-per-view, Wyatt defeated Kane in the Ring of Fire match, following interference from Harper and Rowan. After the match, Harper and Rowan again attacked Kane and ended the segment by carrying him away.[39] At WWE Battleground, Wyatt's momentum continued with a win over Kofi Kingston[40] On the October 11 SmackDown, Harper and Rowan suffered their first loss against Cody Rhodes and Goldust.[41]

The Wyatt Family in April 2014.

The Wyatt Family's next feud began when they attacked Daniel Bryan and CM Punk in late October;[42] the feud saw Harper lose his first singles match to Punk.[43] At Survivor Series, Harper and Rowan lost to Bryan and Punk,[44] but the entire Wyatt Family defeated Bryan in a handicap match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs,[45] with Wyatt attempting to recruit Bryan in the previous weeks.[46] On the final Raw of 2013, Bryan defeated Harper and then Rowan in a gauntlet match so that he could face Wyatt, whereupon Harper and Rowan interfered for a disqualification and beat him down. A frustrated Bryan finally gave up and gave in to join the Wyatt Family.[47] However, after Bryan joined them, the Wyatt Family could not find success. This caused Wyatt to punish Bryan, leading to Bryan attacking all the other members of the Wyatt Family on the January 13 Raw to signal him breaking free of the group.[48] At the Royal Rumble, Wyatt defeated Bryan in a singles match,[49] while both Harper and Rowan entered the Royal Rumble match and they managed two and zero eliminations respectively before they were eliminated.[50]

Also at the Royal Rumble event, the Wyatt Family cost John Cena his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Randy Orton.[49] On the January 27 Raw, the Wyatt Family attacked Bryan, Cena and Sheamus during an Elimination Chamber qualifying match against the Shield, thus awarding Bryan's team a disqualification win and the Chamber match slots.[51] The Shield wanted revenge, so a six-man tag match was set up between the Shield and the Wyatt Family at the Elimination Chamber event,[52] which the Wyatt Family won. Later at the same event, the Wyatt Family's interference caused Cena to be eliminated from the Elimination Chamber match.[53]

After Elimination Chamber, Wyatt turned his attention fully to feud with John Cena, due to his desire to end "this era of lies", beginning with Cena, because he wanted to expose to the world that Cena being an upholder of all that is moral and good and right was merely a hollow illusion.[54] Proving that Cena was a fraud would ruin his legacy, but Wyatt wanted to take it one step further by turning Cena into a monster.[55] Wyatt went on to accept Cena's challenge for a WrestleMania match,[56] with Cena successfully resisting the urge to become a monster and overcoming interference from Harper and Rowan to defeat Wyatt at WrestleMania.[57] The feud continued after WrestleMania based on the story that Wyatt was capturing Cena's fanbase, which was exemplified by Wyatt leading a children's choir to the ring on the April 28 episode of Raw, with the children later putting on sheep masks.[58] At Extreme Rules, Wyatt defeated Cena in a steel cage match, after repeated interference from the rest of the Wyatt Family and a demonic child.[59]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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