Bray Wyatt is often compared to a bigger gimmick created by the WWE which has been underutilised over the years. The character was born in the company back in the year 2013. Despite having all the potential, he could not turn out to be the breakout star that he was supposed to be.
Bray’s original name is Windham Lawrence Rotunda who previously joined WWE in the year 2010. At that point, he started performing with the name, Husky Harris. At that year of his debut, he was part of the dominant faction known as the Nexus. Later, he went on continue his stint on the NXT scene under the late-great, Dusty Rhodes.
In the book named NXT: The Future is Now, Bray Wyatt opened up about how his character was repackaged. He gave all the credits to the American Dream for this innovation. The creation of a lunatic character that it is right now was an exceptional task, for sure. These are parts of his comments where he revealed the birth of the character:
“I was going to jury duty in my hometown, and Dusty (Rhodes) made me go to jury duty as Bray. Dusty told me, ‘This is the perfect exercise. Become Bray.”
“I literally went to jury duty as Bray Wyatt. I was so immersed in the character that I didn’t break once. Obviously, I didn’t get picked for jury duty, but I had the white pants, Hawaiian shirt, the whole nine yards…There were no fragments of Husky Harris. Husky Harris was dead, and he was to stay dead. I was Bray Wyatt. We were one.”
The Eater of the World also clarified that he had an inbuilt fandom of the Rage Against The Machine which forced him to lose his mind, at some point. This helped him a lot to get gelled with his character. In fact, he gets obsessed with it, sometimes.
The words certainly indicate the dedication of the second generation superstar after his first gimmick turned out to be a failure in the WWE. Once, the Husky Harris persona was buried, he worked as hard as possible to turn the new-born evil gimmick into flesh-and-blood. His passion for pro-wrestling made him one of the brightest stars in the company, today.