The Wyatt Family (professional wrestling)

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The Wyatt Family
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
1,188 lb (539 kg)
DebutNovember 7, 2012 (NXT)
July 8, 2013 (WWE)
PromotionsWWE
NXT
 
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The Wyatt Family
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
1,188 lb (539 kg)
DebutNovember 7, 2012 (NXT)
July 8, 2013 (WWE)
PromotionsWWE
NXT

The Wyatt Family is a professional wrestling stable in WWE. The stable consists of leader Bray Wyatt, and his followers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Their gimmick is that of a backwoods cult. Wyatt's character has drawn comparisons to Max Cady from Cape Fear and Waylon Mercy.[4][5]

History[edit source | edit]

Developmental territory (2012–2013)[edit source | edit]

The character of Bray Wyatt first debuted in FCW in April of 2012. He first associated himself with Eli Cottonwood.[6][7] When WWE rebranded their developmental territory, Bray Wyatt debuted on the fourth episode of the new WWE NXT, defeating Aiden English in a singles match.

In July 2012, Wyatt suffered a torn pectoral muscle and required surgery.[8] Despite the injury, Wyatt continued to appear on NXT by founding a faction known as the Wyatt Family in November, with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan as his followers (Wyatt initially described them as his first and second son respectively).[9][10][11] 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.[12] Harper and Rowan managed to defeat Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals with Wyatt's interference.[13] Harper and Rowan were defeated in the finals of the tournament by Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey.[14] Wyatt had his first match back from injury on the February 21 episode of NXT, defeating Tatsu.[15] 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.[16][17] Dallas defeated Wyatt on the March 13 episode of NXT, which was the character's first loss.[18] 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.[19]

The Wyatt Family went on to feud with Corey Graves and Kassius Ohno, with Wyatt defeating Graves on the May 22 episode of NXT, 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.[20]

Main roster (2013–present)[edit source | edit]

From the May 27 episode of Raw, WWE aired vignettes promoting the upcoming debut of the Wyatt Family.[21] The vignettes showed the Wyatt Family's backwoods origins and Rowan wearing a lamb mask.[22][23] On the July 8 episode of Raw, the Wyatt Family made their debut by assaulting Kane, thus removing Kane from participating in Money In the Bank.[24] On the July 10 episode of NXT, Wyatt pinned William Regal when the Wyatt Family fought Graves, Neville and Regal in a six-man tag match.[25] 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".[26][27] Kane then challenged Wyatt to a Ring of Fire match, which he accepted.[28] On August 18 at the at SummerSlam pay-per-view, Wyatt defeated Kane in the Ring of Fire match, following interference from Harper and Rowan. The segment ended with the Wyatt Family carrying an unconscious Kane away.[29]

In wrestling[edit source | edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

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  3. ^ a b c "WWE bio of Erick Rowan". WWE. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Kapur, Bob. "Big crowd cheers on WWE favourites in Toronto". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 8 June 2013. "Wyatt is a great cult leader / Max Cady character." 
  5. ^ "Jim Ross predicts WWE will "shake things up" at No Way Out, comments on the latest WWE NXT tapings, and the new character played by Husky Harris". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved 9 June 2013. "Some may compare it to the DeNiro character in Cape Fear and even Waylon Mercy back in the day but this uniquely Bray Wyatt incarnation feels new and fresh." 
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  8. ^ Martin, Adam (July 6, 2012). "Developmental talent to be out of action for six months". WrestleView. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bishop, Matt (November 8, 2012). "WWE NXT: Who will challenge Rollins?". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved January 8, 2013. "Bray announces this man as the "first son of the Wyatt family, Luke Harper."" 
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  21. ^ Caldwell, James (May 27, 2013). "RAW NEWS: HBK & Hart cameos, Axel beats top star, Wyatt Family intro, Punk's return, Hunter status, two title matches, World Title, Kidd returns with new look post-Raw, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "Raw Five-Point Preview: July 8, 2013: All in the family". WWE. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. "Theories and speculation have abounded as to what the backwoods madman Bray Wyatt’s mission is and where his family fits into the equation." 
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  28. ^ "CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 8/5 (Hour 2): Cena responds to Bryan, Shield appears, Punk vs. Axel match". 
  29. ^ "CALDWELL'S WWE SSLAM PPV RESULTS 8/18 (Hour 1): Ongoing "virtual-time" coverage of live PPV - World Title match, Ring of Fire match, clean-shaven Rhodes vs. Sandow, more". 
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