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Wrestling Origins: Bray Wyatt

August 30, 2019

In my opinion, Bray Wyatt is one of the best
characters in recent WWE history, and he is truly destined for greatness. Bray has an amazing gimmick, is great on the
mic, and has really improved his in-ring abilities leaps and bounds since he started. Despite rather poor booking these last few
years, things seem to be looking up for Bray and the Wyatt Family in general. With his recent resurgence on SmackDown Live,
here is Wrestling Origins: Bray Wyatt. Windham Lawrence Rotunda was born on May 23,
1987, in Brooksville Florida. If his last name sounds familiar, it’s because
his father was Mike Rotunda, a former WWF Tag Team Champion, and his grandfather, on
his mother’s side, was Blackjack Mulligan. If that wasn’t enough, he also has two uncles
that were successful wrestlers as well. Of course, Windham grew up around the wrestling
business. He learned a lot about the business at a young
age, but interestingly enough, Rotunda didn’t initially set out to be a wrestler like some
others have, but looking back, he feels like he was always destined to end up in wrestling. Unlike his brother, Bo Dallas, who went straight
into wrestling after high school, Windham would take up other sports first. Since he was young, Windham was a big dude. When he attended Hernando High School, he
took up amateur wrestling. In 2005, the year he graduated, he would win
the Florida State Championship in the 275 pound heavyweight division. Being that big, he would also play American
football as a lineman in college. At the College of Sequoias, he played two
seasons and won second-team All-American honours, landing him a scholarship with Troy University. There, he would play two more years of football. In college, Rotunda would also study broadcast
journalism, which likely helped him develop his speaking ability, as his goal at that
time was to become a radio personality. However, Windham wouldn’t finish his schooling. Just 27 credits shy of graduating, Windham
decided that he didn’t want to play football or go to college anymore; he wanted to get
into the family business of wrestling. In 2009, Windham Rotunda signed with WWE and
was sent to develop in FCW. He had a lot of knowledge of the wrestling
business, so he would learn the basics pretty quickly, allowing him to debut in April of
2009. He would first wrestle under the name of Alex
Rotundo, before changing it to Duke Rotundo. In June, Duke would begin teaming with his
brother, Bo. The two would quickly become the number one
contenders for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship in July, and on the same night would win the
titles from Justin Angel and Kris Logan. The brothers would defend their titles against
Dylan Klein and Vance Archer, as well as Curt Hawkins and Heath Slater. However, The Rotundo Brothers lost to The
Dude Busters. Moving forward to June 1st, 2010, Rotunda
was announced as a competitor in the second season of NXT, but this time under the name
Husky Harris. Harris would make his debut on June 8th on
NXT where he teamed with his mentor Cody Rhodes against MVP and Percy Watson, but they would
lose. Harris would establish himself as a heel a
few weeks later by attacking NXT announcer Matt Striker. In the coming weeks, Harris would narrowly
avoid being eliminated from the competition. He was finally eliminated in August, but would
return on two occasions to attack the eventual NXT winner Kaval. After being eliminated, Husky Harris would
head back to FCW and continued to develop. There, Harris would have a feud with Percy
Watson, with Harris eventually coming out on top in a lumberjack match. Soon after, Harris would make his main roster
debut at Hell in a Cell where he helped Wade Barrett beat John Cena along with Michael
McGillicutty. The next week, he and Michael would do the
same thing, prompting Barrett, leader of The Nexus, to offer them a shot at becoming members
of the stable. They would lose their “tryout” match,
but were inducted into the stable nonetheless. Moving to January 2011, CM Punk took over
The Nexus and put each member through a trial, or initiation if you will. For Husky Harris, this took the form of a
lashing from other members of the stable. Seriously, WWE had Harris whipped on the back
on live TV. It was pretty brutal to be honest, but Harris
passed the initiation. A few weeks later, Harris and McGillicutty
would fight for the WWE Tag Team Championships, but lost to Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov. After the match, Randy Orton would attack
the duo for costing him a match, punting Harris in the head. This would be the end of Husky Harris on the
main roster, as he was written off and sent back to FCW. This was probably the best thing that ever
happened to Windham, as although he was a third generation wrestler, his ring ability
and character were just not good enough to make any meaningful impact. In March of 2011, Axel Mulligan would make
his debut wearing a creepy hockey mask, but the character would never make it to FCW TV. Turns out that was just a trial run, as Husky
Harris came back soon after. Harris would once again team up with his brother
until Bo was legitimately injured, forcing Harris back into singles competition. Harris would compete in a tournament for Bo’s
vacant FCW Heavyweight Championship. He would land a couple wins, most notably
over Big E Langston, but would lose in the finals. After a feud with Richie Steamboat, which
Harris won, he would once again team up with his brother to beat Brad Maddox and Eli Cottonwood
to become the FCW Florida Tag Team Champions for the second time together. They would defend these titles against Antonio
Cesaro and Alexander Rusev, but lost them to Corey Graves and Jake Carter on March 15,
2012. Around this time, Windham began losing some
weight and getting in better shape, and also began developing a new, exciting character. Though Windham did create the persona himself
and present it to WWE, he was initially inspired by a wrestler under the name Waylon Mercy. Mercy and Rotunda knew each other through
the WWE Performance Centre, and Windham has since revealed that he was influenced by the
Mercy character. Waylon Mercy also rocked Hawaiian shirts and
white pants, a similar look to that of his new character. Windham used this, while also taking inspiration
from horror films, heavy metal band Slipknot, and even Charles Manson, to create Bray Wyatt. He says that Husky Harris was “a figment
of somebody else’s imagination”, while Bray Wyatt is him. This character allows him to be himself and
fits him much better, which in turn has allowed him to be much more successful in WWE. In April of 2012, Rotunda would debut as Bray
Wyatt in FCW with Eli Cottonwood at his side. However FCW was quickly rebranded into NXT,
so Wyatt would debut there on July 11th, 2012. The Bray Wyatt character was seen as an evil
cult leader who made himself out to be more of a monster than a man. If you haven’t seen it, check out this early
FCW promo Bray did talking about his father with Eli at his side. It was amazing, yet horrifying at the same
time. I’ll put a link in the description. Moving forward, in July, Wyatt suffered a
torn pectoral muscle and required surgery. Despite the injury, Wyatt would continue to
appear on NXT, but now serving as the leader of the newly formed Wyatt Family in November. Interestingly, the “Family” originally
had Bray as the father, with the other members as his children. That meant Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were
both his sons, but this was eventually changed to brothers. I honestly don’t know how they expected
people to believe Bray was the father of Luke Harper. Bray would return to action in February of
2013 where he defeated Yoshi Tatsu. He would lose his first match as Wyatt nearly
a month later when he was defeated by Bo Dallas. Moving forward, Bray’s brothers would win
the NXT Tag Team Championships, while Bray tried to chase an NXT Championship shot, but
was unsuccessful in a number one contenders match. While the Wyatt Family spent time in NXT,
WWE began airing vignettes promoting their debut on the main roster. They showed bits and pieces of their backstory,
as well as revealed Rowan wearing the lamb mask. On July 8th, 2013, The Wyatt Family would
make their debut on RAW where they attacked Kane. They would continue the assaults, taking out
wrestlers like Drew McIntyre, Justin Gabriel, R-Truth, and Heath Slater. They would continue harassing Kane as well,
resulting in a Ring of Fire Match at SummerSlam where Bray won after interference by his brothers. Next, The Wyatt Family would feud with CM
Punk and Daniel Bryan, which they lost. However the Family would continue to pursue
Bryan. Bryan would defeat Harper and Rowan in separate
matches, but lost to Bray in a no DQ match, taking a beating so bad that he gave in and
joined the family. However this would be short lived, as Bray
would blame Bryan for The Wyatt’s repeatedly losing, causing Bryan to snap and attack the
other members. After defeating Daniel at Royal Rumble in
a singles match, Bray set his sights on John Cena. After costing him a championship match, and
having a brief feud with The Shield, Bray would set out to prove that Cena was a fraud,
calling his “heroic act” a façade. Cena would respond by challenging Bray to
a match at WrestleMania 30 in 2014. Cena would overcome interference from Harper
and Rowan to defeat Bray, which was his first pinfall loss on the main roster. The feud would continue however, with Wyatt
notably having a children’s choir play for Cena while donning sheep masks to get inside
Cena’s head. This worked, as at Extreme Rules Wyatt would
defeat Cena in a steel cage match with the help of a “demonic” child. Next, at Payback Cena would defeat Wyatt in
a Last Man Standing match after burying him under equipment. This would officially come to a close when
Cena defeated Bray and multiple other superstars to win a Money in the Bank ladder match for
the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Next, Wyatt would feud with Chris Jericho,
with whom he traded wins at Battleground and SummerSlam, with Wyatt coming out on top in
their final match on RAW in September. A few weeks after that, vignettes started
airing of Bray setting Harper and Rowan free, disbanding the family. Wyatt would interfere at Hell in a Cell in
October, by himself, and cost Dean Ambrose his match against Seth Rollins. This would lead to Ambrose and Wyatt facing
off at Survivor Series where Bray won by disqualification, and again at TLC. They would face off again in a Miracle on
34th Street Fight, and for a final time in an Ambulance Match on RAW with Bray winning
both times. At the Royal Rumble, Wyatt would enter at
number 5 and last nearly 50 minutes, taking out six other superstars, before being eliminated
by Big Show and Kane. After the Rumble, Wyatt began declaring himself
“The New Face of Fear”, and would be brought out in a casket at Fastlane, and would proceed
to offer a challenge to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31. Though there was a lot to work with here,
the feud was largely uninteresting, and culminated with Taker taking home the win. After winning a feud against Ryback, Bray
would defeat Roman Reigns with the help of Luke Harper, reforming The Wyatt Family. Skipping to SummerSlam, Wyatt and Harper would
face Reigns and Ambrose, but lost. On August 24th, Bray would introduce the newest
member of the family, Braun Strowman. With the Family back in full force, Wyatt
would go on to defeat Reigns, Ambrose, and Jericho at Night of Champions, but he would
lose to Roman at Hell in a Cell to end their feud. After that, Wyatt would reignite his feuds
with Undertaker and Kane after attacking and abducting both of them. However at Survivor Series, Wyatt and Harper
would lose to The Brothers of Destruction in a tag match. From there, Wyatt would face and lose to Brock
Lesnar, confront The Rock at WrestleMania 32, and bizarrely feud with The League of
Nations which was when he suffered a calf injury, sidelining him for a few months until
June. When he returned, Bray would begin a feud
with The New Day, who the Wyatt’s notably battled at their compound before defeating
them at Battleground. At the 2016 WWE Draft, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper,
and Erick Rowan were drafted to SmackDown Live, with Braun Strowman being sent to RAW. Since then, Wyatt seemingly disowned Eric
Rowan before challenging Randy Orton. After a series of matches between the two,
Randy Orton joined the Wyatt Family, and after winning the annual Survivor Series match for
SmackDown, the pair have seemingly set their sights on the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. And that was Wrestling Origins: Bray Wyatt. Now that was a long video, so if you enjoyed
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week’s video down below, as I’ll be looking at the top comments for ideas. As always thanks for watching, and I’ll
catch you in the next one!

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  • Reply Wrestling Hub December 2, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    This video is longer than I would have liked, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!

  • Reply Ivan Kristoffer Antonino December 5, 2016 at 11:55 am

    lil big show 😂

  • Reply Jackson Tillery December 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    do sin cara,kalisto,john cena,big show and cm punk

  • Reply SCOPE YEE December 5, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    oh my god Bray Wyatt has changed ever since NXT days

  • Reply Jack Sansom December 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I would like to see Daniel Bryan origins

  • Reply Munir Cryptical December 7, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Finally, thank you Wrestling Hub.

  • Reply GKrastz December 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    hope randy will snap like daniel bryan

  • Reply John Pere December 8, 2016 at 3:36 am

    John cean next

  • Reply BestInTheWorld December 8, 2016 at 5:30 am

    wh can you do heath slater or james ellsworth

  • Reply Chris Pera December 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Whatever happened to sister Abigail

  • Reply Mark Antoni Lagaya December 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    young bucks, Kenny Omega and Adam Cole please.

  • Reply Jamy McTaylor December 10, 2016 at 1:31 am

    That moment when slipknot was mentioned. <3 m/

  • Reply Clash Royale and Bo3 Funny Moments December 10, 2016 at 9:20 am

    We want wrestling origins of the undertaker or Sami zayn

  • Reply Jaelin Mans-Turner December 10, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    wrestling origins the usos

  • Reply Lovely33 December 11, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I did not know all about bray Wyatt

  • Reply nate lee December 11, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Good solid work as usual man, you can really see the time and effort your put into your videos!

  • Reply yan889654 December 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I always thought when it was initially stated Bray Wyatt was the "father" of Harper and Rowan, it wasn't in a literal sense but to play off his cult leader gimmick.

  • Reply IxBlind December 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Best Wrestler/Gimmick EVER.

  • Reply { Daniel} December 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I love theese ones

  • Reply Nathan Gamingjr December 14, 2016 at 2:16 am

    do a video of Nomi

  • Reply Attitude Skull2000 December 14, 2016 at 2:47 am

    bray wyatt(2013-14) vs the deranged mankind(1996-97) would be a cool match to see in my opinion.

  • Reply Clyde Cromey December 16, 2016 at 8:04 am

    lol Bo Dallas

  • Reply Atamjit Singh December 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

    You know what happens? huh? when you ignore the best in the world at what he does?

  • Reply Arun Deula December 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    wat luke was son of the bray?

  • Reply redmanra1n December 18, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    when they abducted kane and the undertaker, that moment, should have been the moment where they should have made Wyatt the "new undertaker" and make him a BIG dog in the WWE!

  • Reply 901CJ Plays December 19, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Bo Dallas

  • Reply Michael Suhovsky December 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    +Wrestling Hub How about one on the great Bayley? She would be awesome.

  • Reply P.D. S December 19, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    WOw you left off the biggest influence and typical of wreslters ripping of Cinema and comic books.

    Which Robert DeNiro character are they copying?

  • Reply Pro Wrestling Talk December 20, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    scott hall

  • Reply Herping wrestler December 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    i miss husky

  • Reply Alexandria December 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    do kofi

  • Reply Insta Gram December 29, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Pls do brays brother bo dallas

  • Reply Fintan McGuinness December 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I always thought the "family" name was metaphorical

  • Reply Steve Horak January 2, 2017 at 4:48 am

    ever do older retired guys

  • Reply WhyAlwaysTheFighting January 7, 2017 at 3:11 am

    haven't seen in years, i would never had guessed Bray was Husky Harris…

  • Reply Seth Brawn January 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Do wrestling origins Kalisto

  • Reply James Ropon January 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    nkice vid i want to know if you can find out why Braun has not fault people as big as him yet , I mean I like seeing Braun beating 2-3 people at a time but it is getting old

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    do sting

  • Reply Chase Maverick January 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    John Morrison

  • Reply MF Leach January 15, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Hey dude, keep up the good work

  • Reply Zojen32 January 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    wrestling origins: matt striker?

  • Reply Russell Wise January 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

    The Wyatt's!!!

  • Reply TheArtistFormallyKnown As IronGuy January 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I just realized… isn't that Joe Hendry in that amateur wrestling footage? Because I swore Lost in Audio was his band

  • Reply MViLe January 16, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    lol brief feud with the Shield…lol was probably the most notable event of the stable so far

  • Reply TheWrestlingSavage January 17, 2017 at 8:07 am

    He didn't "disown" Erick Rowan, Rowan got injured

  • Reply Ryan Duran January 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

    wrestling origins:norman smiley

  • Reply José Caracol January 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Wrestling Origins: Bullet Club

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    Wrestling Origins: The Undertaker

  • Reply Andrew Wright January 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    erick rowan got injured during that feud with randy orton

  • Reply Charms434 January 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I don't think you understand, he doesn't 'literally' mean his children. The character was meant to be the 'father' in a cult leader sense.
    Also the character and Waylon Merced were based off of De Niro's performance in Cape Fear.

  • Reply david puckett January 23, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    wait alexander rusev rusev's his last name ? wow

  • Reply Fredy Gee February 4, 2017 at 1:54 am

    What if during the 2017 elimination chamber, after everyone is eliminated. Bray is left with only John Cena, the lights go off and his little video scene goes off. When the lights are back on we see Erick Rowan, which helps Bray capture the WWE Championship. 👏
    That would be awesome, who agrees?

  • Reply Hussain Abdul Rehman February 6, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Cena literally buried bray…

  • Reply Zay February 11, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Oh shit idek he was brothers with bo

  • Reply Zay February 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm


  • Reply Anthony Costa February 13, 2017 at 5:22 am

    New WWE champion

  • Reply Davyon Swift February 13, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    now wwe champion

  • Reply rio23x H February 23, 2017 at 12:29 am

    good job man

  • Reply Chthonian121 February 23, 2017 at 8:33 am

    It's perfect. Randy Punted Huskey Harris so hard he turned into Bray Wyatt. Now they're team mates

  • Reply Dr Chopstick819 February 26, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Woo bray won the world championship #HeDeservedIt

  • Reply Hunter Craig February 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Its crazy that Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas are brothers. You could tell in one of the pictures (where he does not have as much beard) that they look alike.. Bray is fantastic.

  • Reply joseph bosley March 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    bray is probably one of my most favorite wrestlers, I just hate the fact that they have him losing most matches he really should be winnng

  • Reply Clayton Hill March 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Stone Cold Rock and Undertaker pls.

  • Reply Randall Wyatt March 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    so this piece of shit use my family last name as a joke wtf

  • Reply Matt Moor April 6, 2017 at 12:23 am

    this was awesome. I eat, sleep and breath wrestling. I would love to see a couple of stars on here. Ricky Steamboat and Richie Steamboat if they're kinned to each other. also Daniel Bryan if you already don't have one. keep up the awesome work.

  • Reply Alan Blue April 13, 2017 at 1:55 am

    You should talk about bray Wyatt his brother and how they bound

  • Reply Drew The Legend April 15, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Wait. Was Michael mcgilicutty Curtis axel? Or whatever Mr perfects son's name is?

  • Reply Drew The Legend April 15, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Since then, wyatt continued his rise, winning the smackdown tag team titles with Randy Orton, losing them to American Alpha and then finally winning the wwe championship at elimination chamber. from there he got into an interesting mind bending fued with Randy Orton.They had a match, which he lost his title at wrestlemania 33 to Randy Orton.

  • Reply Master Bates April 16, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Uhhhh he never had a match with Brock.

  • Reply Mary weather April 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    2:07 who's that sexy women she is dam hot now that's the kind of women I marry.

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  • Reply vincent52 May 17, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    interesting stuff

  • Reply Not this One June 20, 2017 at 12:02 am

    I hate The Wyatt Family

  • Reply Lukas Marcheschi September 30, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Awesome video

  • Reply Mario U Comics and Cartoons November 8, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I can't believe he's related to the IRS man

  • Reply Angel Angel November 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    On 1:12 Bray be Like RUSEV MACHGA,RUSEV CRUSH

  • Reply Juan Talavera November 26, 2017 at 3:24 am

    You can see it's outdated cause Bray won the Smackdown Tag Team Championships and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

  • Reply Pyrocreak December 18, 2017 at 5:11 am

    he looks like corbin

  • Reply Jewel Haines January 8, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I think Bray Wyatt is awesome!! I love his character!! 😄

  • Reply Jewel Haines January 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Bray Wyatt is one of my all time favorite wrestlers. His character is really great and his on Mike presence is amazing ! ❤

  • Reply odrob bi zambar February 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Never knew any of that!

  • Reply skill culture February 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    To thupid

  • Reply calabrese098 March 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I didnt realize that bray Wyatt was husky Harris omg him coming back as Wyatt was the best thing for his career. Staying as Husky Harris would of killed his career

  • Reply David Parkes March 23, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Damn, it sucks toremember how good Bray was at one time before he lost A LOT of feuds in the year or so after this video was posted. Not saying that it played a part though obviously.

  • Reply Jeff Huntington March 24, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Most under rated star of the era my favorite current wwe tallent

  • Reply Chaz Smith April 24, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    BEST GIMMICK since 80's to early 90's WWF!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Broccoli Rob May 22, 2018 at 7:30 am

    And now his gimmick is completely dead. He can’t piggyback on the deletion nonsense forever.

  • Reply KasirRham June 8, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    The name Husky Harris is horrid and despite how cool Bray was WWE has misused him.

  • Reply Paul Cowlishaw September 25, 2018 at 6:24 am

    I heard it was dusty Rhodes who came up with bray wyatt.

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  • Reply YASSER THE MIGHTY GAMING April 7, 2019 at 11:08 am

    No he’s not he’s evil man EVIL do you remember when bray wyatt destroys r truth and the shield and the new day as well bray his acting like an idiot and he’s not scary bray Wyatt is evil no body believe him and no body trust him ethier

  • Reply YASSER THE MIGHTY GAMING April 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Wait bray Wyatt’s brother is bo dallas I didn’t even notice that that’s interesting

  • Reply Andrew Chapman April 21, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Good wrestlers like this with great gimmicks and a storyline Vince always f** up if he doesn't feel like he created the character himself

  • Reply Andrew Chapman April 21, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Wyatt is one of those characters that would have survived the attitude era

  • Reply RedCowCat May 13, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Bo Dallas is so cute i love him

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  • Reply Mike Mirch August 19, 2019 at 12:13 am

    You should do an updated version of this about Bray….his Fiend & Firefly Funhouse stuff is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING 🖤🖤🖤

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