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)
DebutNovember 7, 2012 (NXT)
July 8, 2013 (WWE)
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)
DebutNovember 7, 2012 (NXT)
July 8, 2013 (WWE)
PromotionsWWE
NXT

The Wyatt Family is a villanous professional wrestling stable in WWE. The stable - which has the gimmick of a backwoods cult - consists of leader Bray Wyatt, and his followers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.

History[edit]

Developmental territories (2012–2013)[edit]

Wyatt Family leader Bray Wyatt

The character of Bray Wyatt first 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 "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] 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]

Main roster (2013–present)[edit]

From the May 27 episode of Raw, WWE aired vignettes promoting the upcoming debut of the Wyatt Family.[29] The vignettes showed the Wyatt Family's backwoods origins and Rowan wearing a sheep mask.[30][31] On the July 8 episode of Raw, the Wyatt Family made their debut by assaulting Kane.[32] 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".[33][34] Following another assault,[35] Kane challenged Wyatt to a Ring of Fire match at SummerSlam, which he accepted.[36] 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.[37] At WWE Battleground, Wyatt's momentum continued with a win over Kofi Kingston[38] On the October 11 SmackDown, Harper and Rowan suffered their first loss against Cody Rhodes and Goldust.[39] The Wyatt Family's next feud began when they attacked Daniel Bryan and CM Punk in late October;[40] the feud saw Harper lose his first singles match to Punk.[41] At Survivor Series, Harper and Rowan lost to Bryan and Punk,[42] but the entire Wyatt Family defeated Bryan in a handicap match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.[43]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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