WWE Stock Watch: Samoa Joe is Actually Scary

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Falling: Bray Wyatt

It’s become almost redundant to place Bray Wyatt in the “falling” column, but this week was just too frustrating to ignore. Wyatt was always going to lose his match to Roman Reigns, but it’s telling that Wyatt was the guy they chose to “make Roman look strong” after Reigns failed to win the No. 1 contendership at Extreme Rules.

We’ve all become accustomed to Wyatt’s creepy, grandiose promos proving to be meaningless in the end, but it’s jarring just how little his character has in the self-awareness department. He’s been saying the same things and losing for years, yet he’s never thought about changing his approach. Instead, he constantly proclaims that he is a savior or a god, but what exactly is he the god of? Now that he doesn’t even have the family with him, what exactly is he now that he cult has been essentially dissolved?

Furthermore, Wyatt’s decision to interfere in the Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins match is quizzical. Booking-wise, we know that the WWE wanted there to be some short of shenanigans so that Rollins didn’t lose clean. That in itself is troubling, simply because Joe has lost to Rollins enough and should be able to win clean in order to be properly built-up to face Lesnar.

That digression aside, Wyatt’s distraction makes even less sense in storyline. He and Joe have formed brief alliances in matches before, but what is in this for Wyatt? The man who hit “Sister Abigail” on everyone in the ring when he was supposed to be The Miz’s tag team partner doesn’t strike me as someone who is willing to help others without receiving something in return. It also makes little sense for him to cost Rollins the match, but, hey, I guess the WWE wants Seth to enter a feud that will be easy for him to win.