Reading between the lines: Bray Wyatt’s hidden message uncovered?
It was R-Truth who suffered a beating at the hands of The Wyatt Family Monday night on Raw, but it was clear Bray Wyatt’s attention was devoted to another Superstar: Kane.
The giveaway came after Wyatt viciously downed Truth and instructed Kane to “follow the buzzards” — a recurring command uttered by the menacing newcomer. (Wyatt indeed repeated the message two nights later on WWE Main Event.)
Yet, a closer examination of Wyatt’s words Monday night — even before he called out The Big Red Machine by name — suggests the entire sermon may have been directed at the Superstar who Wyatt Family members Erick Rowan and Luke Harper brutally attacked one week earlier. Since he and his two disciples began appearing in vignettes last month, Wyatt has spellbound and confounded the WWE Universe in equal measure with his inscrutable rants.
A line-by-line breakdown of his speech on Raw may help decode the riddle and give clues as to what Wyatt is trying to accomplish in targeting The Devil’s Favorite Demon.
Take a look and decide for yourself:
“They've been lying to you, man. There ain’t no such thing as a hero, not anymore. But you … have become addicted to the illusion of what a hero is. … You think you need someone to pat you on the back.”
By dismissing heroism off the bat, could Wyatt have been zeroing in on Kane’s apparent interest in maintaining a fan-friendly image of late? The “pat on the back,” meanwhile, could refer to Kane seeking approval from either his peers (e.g., Bryan) or the WWE Universe more broadly.
“What if I was to tell you that the man who made you is a liar?”
This line might be a callous — albeit not wholly inaccurate — allusion to Kane’s father, the late Paul Bearer. The legendary manager, who passed away March 5, is a beloved figure in WWE lore. Still, there’s no denying Bearer played his share of head games while in WWE, even waging some of those psychological battles against his very own son. A more ominous interpretation suggests Wyatt was simply undermining all that Bearer taught Kane.
“What if I was to tell you that your own flesh and blood turned his back on you?”
Any reference to Kane’s “flesh and blood” immediately brings to mind one name: The Undertaker. The Phenom and his half-brother have fought each other in some of the most hellish battles ever witnessed in WWE, but last we saw of The Undertaker, he was firmly on Kane’s side. Then again, following an ambush by The Hounds of Justice in April, The Undertaker has gone MIA. Perhaps Wyatt is wise to something that remains hidden from the rest of us.
“I will never turn my back on you, and maybe, maybe the answers you seek have been slapping you right in the face.Maybe, just maybe, I — Bray Wyatt, the eater of worlds — have been the answer all along.”
Considering what transpired between Kane and The Wyatt Family on the July 8 edition of Raw, this comment — coupled with Wyatt’s admission that R-Truth was “not the truth we seek” — only fuels speculation that Wyatt was speaking to The Big Red Machine all along. By telling Kane to “follow the buzzards,” was the lantern-carrying enigma offering Kane salvation, or a future of decay?
One thing seems for certain: There’s way more to Bray Wyatt than meets the eye.