Debut 101: Bray Wyatt
by, 05-11-2012 at 11:50 AM (3463 Views)
In his time so far in the WWE (and multiple apprenticeshipsin FCW) Mike Rotundaâ€™s big boyâ€”better known as Husky Harris to mostâ€”has demonstrated great talent and potential. Now, I haveto be honest when I first heard of his new persona emerging as of late in FCWâ€”this erstwhile â€œBray Wyattâ€ characterâ€”I was not impressed or drawn in. Why would he want to change his name yet again? Is he still searching for that special character and that one identity that is all his own? I was not impressed, of course, until I saw his promo and ring work so far as this somewhat familiar, yet eerily inventive Bray Wyatt.
If you have not taken a look yet hit up YouTube as soon as possible and do yourself a favorâ€”if you even think you are a wrestling fan, a devotee of up and coming superstars that instantly grab you and make you believe you will want to follow the development of this future success story. I would not use the word original or fresh to describe this personaâ€”the whole disturbed, southern-snake-oil-cult-leader vibe has been played beforeâ€”but I would say this personality with all its charisma, ticks andâ€œMax Cadyâ€ like inspiration fits this man like a glove. Indeed, the man who once bragged he was â€œThe Army Tank with a Ferrari Engineâ€ should be brought back up to the big leagues and given all the time and push needed to breathe Bray Wyatt to life in the WWE universe. Are we ready?
To that end I cannot help put ponder how best this character might be introduced and revealed to the mainstream wrestling world? I do not mean to criticize or belittle what has been brought to the table so far because it is what has got him all the welcome attention he deservesâ€”I merely wish to offer my suggestion here of how I would utilize the opportunity if I was part of the WWE writingteam/management. As much as I want even now to see this persona on television as soon as possible (the WWE roster coulduse it) I would do it in a series of classic vignettes to slowly tease his arrival.
Likewise, what we may have seen of the character so far is specific and very creepy in a fascinating way I would offer advice on how to tweak it to make him even more memorable and fresh. His use of sinister laughs and giggles as well as the Stonesâ€™ â€œTime is on My Sideâ€ alone is exceedingly disturbing and, all at once, an instant â€œwoah that works too wellâ€ moment. I think the key to this character is a mixture of a calm demeanor with an underlying intensity barely kept in check. Part â€œgood old boyâ€ and part psycho is another way to look at it and the element of using time in some way as with a watch or having him talk about it in different ways in his promo work would be differentâ€”he might even dust off the old Ali trick of calling how long it wouldtake him to defeat someone in the ring. Anywayâ€¦there are a lot of possibilities and what follows is my takeâ€¦hope you like it and enjoy!
Vignette 1: Should be short, simple and have that teasing quality we all know and hate just a little for its brevity and lack of detail. At first he should keep his voice even and tempered and only â€œlose itâ€ at the perfect moment. Could go a little something like thisâ€¦
(Open on an outside scene at night near a swampâ€¦crickets and frogs and other creatures set the ambiance of what is heardâ€¦zoom in on a single, solitary figure sitting by a fireâ€¦he is wearing the straw fedora and sharpening a homemade knife on a whetstoneâ€¦spit keeps the blade going...his face and features are barely illuminated but we can see enough to make us wonder â€œwho is this guy?â€)
Bray: (calm, talking to theknife, humming â€œTime is on My Sideâ€ at first and does not acknowledge the camera) â€¦hey there little friendâ€¦how you doinâ€™ this fine night? I hope all them good people in the world outthere are asleep and tucked away safe in they bedsâ€¦wouldnâ€™t want them to be sacred or nothinâ€™ or lose they mindsâ€¦
Me? Wellâ€¦my name is Bray Wyatt and they tell me I have my mammaâ€™s eyes and my daddyâ€™s temperâ€¦wellâ€¦some folks also like to call me a bugaboo or white trash peon but C'est lavie I sayâ€¦
(turns finally to address the camera with intensity barely kept in check)
I was born in Lafayette Louisiana and I ainâ€™t no white trash! Iâ€¦amâ€¦better than you all!
(back to sharpening the knife and the intensity gone)
You see I may not have a lot of the material trappings of this greedy worldâ€¦I may not have that fancy car or expensive educationâ€¦but I do have a boat load of patience and understandingâ€¦you see cause â€œtimmmeeee is on my sideâ€¦â€
Vignette 2: Same subtle creepiness with the same anticipated explosion of intensity and underlying home grown intelligence.
(Opens on the same scene as the first vignette by the fire. This time he is humming â€œTime is on My Sideâ€ while he is playing with the fire with his hands)
Bray: (calm, talking to the fire)...I was born in Lafayette Louisiana and my mamma went and named me Bray Wyattâ€¦it was the only thing she could give me â€˜fore the good Lord called her up a few minutes laterâ€¦didnâ€™t even get to hold her screaminâ€™ little Bray Wyatt â€˜fore the breath left herâ€¦
My daddyâ€¦well he blamed me for taking her awayâ€¦blamed me for a lot of thingsâ€¦blamed me for his painâ€¦blamed me for his shrimp boat business losing moneyâ€¦.blamed me for every miserable day he lived on this earthâ€¦well I hated my daddy but at least the feelings were mutualâ€¦
He took an 8 year-old Bray Wyatt out of school to put to workâ€¦made me a hard patient boy who learned to read anywayâ€¦learned to write and what it took to live in this world of shameful decay and hollow dreamsâ€¦Bray Wyatt doesnâ€™t dreamâ€¦
See one night daddyâ€™s boat caught on fire and the captainâ€¦well the captain done went down into the Gulf with his shipâ€¦then I went away for awhile and people in white coats asked me â€œwhy did you stand there Bray Wyattâ€¦how could you just watch your only daddy burn?â€ I didnâ€™t give â€˜em the answers they wantedâ€¦â€how can you be so callous and cruel Bray Wyatt?â€ they would sayâ€¦
(turns finally to address the camera with that intensity barely kept incheck)
Iâ€¦amâ€¦notâ€¦a cruel man! I am the only honest man and I am better than you all!
(back playing with the fire and calm)
You see I know who and what I amâ€¦its alright though because everyone will know Bray Wyatt soon enoughâ€¦will come to see how patient and understanding I am as indeed â€œtimmmeeee is on my sideâ€¦â€
Vignette 3: More restrained creepiness and sinister undertones.
(Opens on the same scene as the other vignettes by the fire. This time he is humming â€œTime is on My Sideâ€ while looking at an old pocket watch with a long leather strap loop attached instead of a chain)
Bray: (calm, talking to the watch)...see here on this watch cover where itâ€™s dented? Thatâ€™s where my daddy took it and whopped me up side my head one too many timesâ€¦on the back thereâ€¦well thatâ€™s a burn mark from where it got singed in the boat fire that took my daddyâ€¦never mind how I got it â€˜fore it went down with himâ€¦tick-tock goes the clock and time she runs and never stopsâ€¦
This watch has power you seeâ€¦time has power over every man and womanâ€¦every prince and principalityâ€¦and just like Bray Wyatt this watch is honest and true to what it isâ€¦and just like Bray Wyatt it takes a beating and keeps on cheatingâ€¦cheating the misery of this world that isâ€¦cheating the siren call of laziness and corruption that pollutes the minds and hearts of the good Lordâ€™s creationâ€¦
My timeâ€¦well yaâ€™ll my time is coming and when it does it will be your time tooâ€¦your time to finally face your fears and demonsâ€¦to finally realize you lack a conscious and are in love with an immoral existenceâ€¦some good folks might call me peculiarâ€¦or strangeâ€¦but donâ€™t call me crazyâ€¦never call me crazyâ€¦
(turns finally to address the camera with that intensity barely kept incheck)
Iâ€¦amâ€¦notâ€¦crazy! I am the only sane man left and I am better than you all!
(back with the watch and calm again)
You see I know who I am and what folk needsâ€¦you need a conscious good peopleâ€¦.you mean well but you are lost and vile and greedyâ€¦but Bray Wyattâ€¦see Bray Wyatt has traveled beyond the need for fame or possessionsâ€¦Bray Wyatt has evolved past the trappinsâ€™ that have trapped youâ€¦Bray Wyatt knows a thing or two about pain and trapsâ€¦ you will see how patient and understanding I am as indeed â€œtimmmeeeeis on my sideâ€¦â€
Vignette 4: More of the same and as the last one before his debut it has to the home run!
(Opens on the same scene as the other vignettes by the fire. This time he is humming â€œTime is on My Sideâ€ while standing looking straight at the camera. We can see him now well-lit and in full effect. The watch from before is closed and dangling around his neck)
Bray: (calm, leaning over asif he is about to whisper)...my name is Bray Wyatt and all I am askinâ€™ is for you to trust meâ€¦you can trust me to know you better than you know yourselfâ€¦every deep dark secret you hide is like an old friend to Bray Wyattâ€¦you see I am ony our side and I understand your painâ€¦
Donâ€™t be scared of Bray Wyatt because I just want to help you help yourselfâ€¦I wouldnâ€™t want to be that first guy in the ring with Bray Wyatt thoughâ€¦no sir that first guy will not really know what is cominâ€™ until it hits him squareâ€¦inâ€¦theâ€¦mouthâ€¦C'est lavie I sayâ€¦thatâ€™s life alrightâ€¦
Iâ€™m not your buddy thoughâ€¦no donâ€™t make that mistake eitherâ€¦I ainâ€™t coming to make friends just influence peopleâ€¦show good folk the error of their ways and set them down a course of honest faithâ€¦see Bray Wyatt has a strong faithâ€¦faith in himself and what he can create with these two strong handsâ€¦see what can create can also destroy and what does not kill you makes you strongerâ€¦no if you are on the straight and narrow you should not fear Bray Wyattâ€¦
(looks down and here is that intensity barely kept in check)
Doâ€¦notâ€¦fearâ€¦me! I am but the messenger and I am better than you all!
(back looking into the camera and clam again)
You see time may be a cruel mistress but she teaches you thingsâ€¦things I can teach you to help you be a better youâ€¦you donâ€™t need a boob tube or worldwide web to be better than you areâ€¦you donâ€™t need stacks of money to be happyâ€¦maybe you donâ€™t wanna hear that but thatâ€™s okâ€¦I am a patient and understanding manâ€¦ cause â€œtimmmeeee is on my sideâ€¦â€