Sunday night, Bray Wyatt will meet Chris Jericho at SummerSlam, but Bray won’t have any backup.
Following a Jericho victory over Erick Rowan on SmackDown a couple of weeks ago, and a win over Luke Harper on the following Raw, both members of The Wyatt Family were banned from ringside for this match.
Many times in the past, Bray has gotten a little help from Rowan and Harper to help secure victories (see: Extreme Rules, vs. John Cena). This time, Bray has no safety blanket, and he has already lost once to Jericho, that coming last month at Battleground.
Does Jericho have another victory in him? Or will Bray find a way to take care of business without his “Family”? Here’s what the Daily DDT staff has to say:
Rob Wolkenbrod’s Take: This feud has been better over the past few weeks with the promos that have been done. The interview between Y2J and Bray Wyatt on Monday was compelling with plenty of bold statements made from the two to drum up hype.
This is an easy one. The whole point of Jericho coming back was to put over Wyatt. For that to happen, Wyatt has to win 2 of the 3 matches. I think he’ll win this Sunday, but with some assistance from Harper and Rowan since they are banned from ringside. I thought this was the wrong move at first, but they can easily hold off on the clean win for Bray for Night of Champions when these two will likely face off one last time. Wyatt wins via pin-fall (with assistance) over Jericho.
Rob’s Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Stephen Ajamie’s Take: As far as this goes for Bray Wyatt, this is a must win. I get the idea behind Jericho winning because even as a “part-timer”, Jericho can still work very strong in the ring, and getting a win here and there is fine. With Bray, I feel like WWE isn’t totally in, but with a win tonight, that could be a good starting point. Also, The Wyatt Family can’t have any part in the win, it needs to be a win by Bray by himself. I have also seen the idea of a double turn, where Bray ends up the face, and Jericho the heel, which entertains me. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a face turn for Bray down the road, so maybe that road starts tonight. But in the end, it should be Bray picking up the win.
Stephen’s Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Jordan Campbell’s Take: Bray Wyatt needs a win. Bray Wyatt needs a win over an established veteran. Bray Wyatt needs a win over an established veteran without the help of Luke Harper or Erick Rowan. Bryan Wyatt needs a win over an established veteran without the help of Luke Harper or Erick Rowan at one of WWE’s premier pay-per views. Everything that Bray Wyatt needs can be achieved this Sunday at SummerSlam. So, yes, Wyatt wins cleanly over Jericho.
Jordan’s Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Marcus Hagness’ Take: I know Fozzy is going on tour in September. **SHAMELESS PLUG** Go buy the newest Fozzy album “Do You Want To Start A War” RIGHT NOW. Fans of rock/metal are going to love this album. They do a great cover of SOS by Abba and have an insane tracklist otherwise. Back to the match.
Bray needs a win here. He really needs to gain some momentum back. He’s been kind of floundering for a few months after losing to Cena at WrestleMania XXX. That was the match I was mad about the outcome to, not Lesnar over ‘Taker. I just thought that would’ve been so huge for a young guy to get a win against John Cena at WrestleMania. Even if Cena takes the series (which should be feud of the year), a win at Extreme Rules isn’t as eye-popping as one at Mania.
I see Bray winning this match over Y2J with some sort of shenanigans in the finish. The fact that Rowan and Harper are banned from ringside and they’re billing it as such, makes me believe something dusty is going to happen in the finish. What that is, I don’t know and won’t speculate, but I don’t see Bray winning with a clean 1-2-3 pinfall.
Marcus’ Predicton: Bray Wyatt
Brian Rzeppa’s Take: Over the last few months we’ve seen a decent amount of momentum lost by Bray Wyatt and his followers. Sure, some of this can be attributed to him speaking the same message time-and-time (as some will claim), but the big portion is because of his losing streak on PPV. We thought that would be put to an end at Battleground but Jericho shockingly pulled off an increasingly rare PPV win. That will certainly change this time around, mark my words.
Brian’s Prediction: Bray Wyatt
Mike Smith’s Take: Jericho needed to win at Battleground. In his recent returns, he has plenty of Raw wins, but he often loses on PPV. It’s the same reason he beat Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam two years ago.
Now, Bray needs this win more than ever. Don’t look now, but Bray is entering Ryback territory. It could be argued that Ryback had even more momentum at his height than Bray has had at his, but lose enough on PPV, and all that momentum will go away.
Bray needs the win, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t get it.
Mike’s Prediction: Bray Wyatt
A clean sweep for Bray Wyatt, 6-0. Is there anybody out there picking Chris Jericho? If so, let us know why in the comments section. Stay tuned for more SummerSlam previews.