Top Fifteen Stables in Wrestling- Number Six
Our next stable on the list gives everyone chills down our spines with the feeling we’ve stepped into the real-life version of ‘Deliverance.’ They are one of the youngest stables in existence, and the only stable that is still active in professional wrestling.
Around the time that World Wrestling Entertainment’s developmental territory was re-branded from Florida Championship Wrestling to NXT in 2012, the character of Bray Wyatt was being brought to life. Wyatt was evolving into an evil cult leader who believed himself more monster that human. He was being compared to ‘Cape Fear’s’ own Max Cady or Waylon Mercy.
In July, Wyatt tore his pectoral muscle and was forced to have surgery. Despite the injury, Wyatt kept appearing on NXT and founded the Wyatt Family in November. He introduced Luke Harper as first “son” and Eric Rowan as his second. Harper and Rowan entered the NXT Tag Team Championship tournament by defeating Percy Watson and Yoshi Tatsu in the opening round. They reached the finals before losing to the team of Adrian Neville and Oliver Grey.
Wyatt won his first match back from injury, defeating Tatsu on February 21. The Wyatts would assault Grey and keep Bo Dallas from winning the NXT Championship number one contender match. Dallas then refused an invitation to join the Family and handed Bray his first loss on March 13. The Wyatts continued to terrorize NXT while vignettes began to appear on WWE television promoting the arrival of the Wyatt Family.
On July 8, 2013, the Wyatt Family debuted with an assault of Kane. They continued attack the likes of R-Truth, Justin Gabriel, and 3MB while sending Kane cryptic messages to “follow the buzzards.” Kane would challenge Wyatt to a Ring of Fire match at SummerSlam, which Wyatt would accept and win the match over Kane. After the match, Kane was attacked by Harper and Rowan before being carried out of the arena. The Family’s momentum continued by defeating Kofi Kingston at WWE Battleground. On the October 11 episode of Smackdown, Harper and Rowan (who began wearing a sheep mask in WWE) suffered their first loss at the hands of Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
The Wyatts then set their sights on Daniel Bryan. They first attacked him and CM Punk, who then defeated Harper and Rowan at Survivor Series. Bryan, however, was put into a 3-on-1 Handicap match with all three members of the group and lost. After continually attempting to fight off the Wyatts only to suffer a beatdown, Bryan finally succumbed and joined the Family. While Bryan was a member, the Wyatts were unable to find any real success. After being punished for the factions lack of success, Bryan attacked Wyatt inside a steel cage before attacking the rest of the group– essentially freeing himself of the group. After Wyatt defeated Bryan in singles competition at Royal Rumble, the stable set their sights on John Cena.
Leading to Wrestlemania XXX, Bray Wyatt kept cutting promos claiming that Cena was truly a monster and that he would unleash the beast in Cena and expose him to the WWE Universe. When they cost The Shield slots in the Elimination Chamber Number One Contender match, by attacking Cena. The Shield faced off against the Wyatts at Elimination Chamber in a Six-Man Tag match, which the Shield would win. During the Elimination Chamber main event, the Wyatts caused Cena to be eliminated.
They then set their sights fully on Cena at Wrestlemania XXX. Cena would be victorious over Wyatt, and deny the group from unleashing Cena’s inner beast. At Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt would defeat Cena in a Steel Cage match after interference by Harper, Rowan, and a seemingly demonic child. The feud would end with Cena defeating Wyatt in a Last Man Standing Match at Payback, with help from the Usos who would deny interference from Harper and Rowan. At Money in the Bank, all three Family members would fail to win any of the titles they challenged for. Harper and Rowan would lose to the Usos for the WWE Tag Team titles, and Wyatt would to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the Ladder Match– Cena would be victorious.
On June 30, after defeating Sheamus and the Usos in a Six-Man tag match, the Wyatts would attack a returning Chris Jericho. Harper and Rowan would go on to lose a 2 of 3 Falls match for the tag titles over the Usos, even after winning the first fall rather quickly. Bray Wyatt would then face Jericho. Even after interference by Harper and Rowan, Jericho would successfully hit Wyatt with the Codebreaker and earn the pinfall victory.
This is the only stable whose story is not yet finished. Many great storylines remain, and there is no doubt that the Wyatt Family will end up with Championships in their future.