Bray Wyatt recently made his long-awaited WWE return after a year away from the company. He was shockingly released by Vince McMahon in the summer of 2021 as one of the most high-profile releases in the companies history. Wyatt was a former WWE Champion in the company and one of the most popular men in the promotion, outselling even Roman Reigns in merchandise and T-shirt sales.
He attracted interest from a number of promotions, including AEW and Freddie Prinze Jr’s unnamed upcoming project, but decided after a year out to come back to WWE to reinvent his character and immediately slot in as a top star in the promotion.
Bray Wyatt returned to WWE at the end of Extreme Rules 2022, revealing himself as the leader of his new Wyatt 6 faction. Accompanied by members of the Firefly Funhouse, his return was one of the most anticipated of all time and managed over 5 million views over various social media platforms.
His character seems to be a more creepy and spooky amalgamation of his previous iterations. He appears to be darker and more mysterious, with an unpredictable edge to him which cannot be defined. He also seems to be inhabiting multiple characters in himself, as shown in his first promo back on Friday Night Smackdown.
He has been likened to WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker throughout his career, due to the pair sharing the supernatural elements to their characters. However, fellow WWE legend Booker T has also given his view on the pair and their likeness.
Booker T called Wyatt “captivating” and revealed that he shows a quality with The Undertaker that could make him “go forever”. He claimed the character had the ability to change and evolve to help him go on for many years, as The Deadman did, and the Wyatt Family leader was like Undertaker because he could lose matches and still keep his aura about him.
Speaking on the latest episode of his latest Hall Of Fame podcast, Booker T compared The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt by saying;
“I loved a lot of the backstage segments, the interview segments. Always was captivating and made me feel a certain way … but then some of the stuff kind of wasn’t the wrestling that I wanted to see. I thought that Bray Wyatt could really do both, be that storyteller and be able to draw you in just by the way he speak to you, but then when he go out in the ring, his in-ring performance matches that same intensity.”
“The Bray Wyatt character for me is the character that I would be really, really trying to lean into, just because that character has got legs, it could go forever. That’s what made The Undertaker work, he was The Undertaker, but he was still beatable, he was still a guy that could go out and his shoulders could get pinned to the mat in certain situations.”Booker T comparing Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker
Bray Wyatt has been compared to The Undertaker throughout his career due to the pair sharing supernatural elements to their characters, such as the ability to teleport in the darkness at certain times. The pair have even wrestled a number of times, with The Phenom coming out on top on every occasion.
Their first match came at Wrestlemania 31, one year after Brock Lesnar ended The Deadman’s streak at Wrestlemania XXX. Bray Wyatt continually challenged his opponent in the weeks leading up to the event, with Undertaker only showing up to Wrestlemania, where he defeated The Eater of Worlds.
They would next face off in tag team action at Survivor Series 2015. The match was part of The Undertaker’s career celebration, being 25 years after his debut at the 1990 edition. The Deadman teamed with Kane as The Brothers of Destruction to take on The Wyatt Family, who were represented by Luke Harper (the late Brodie Lee) and Bray Wyatt. Once again, The Undertaker’s team were victorious in this bout.
With the WWE Hall of Famer now retired, a rematch is unlikely. However, now Wyatt is free to build his own legacy without constant comparisons and can become a legend in his own right. He is already a main event talent, but he has the ability in the ring and on the microphone to go down as one of the greatest in WWE history.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.