The Wyatt Family is not what it used to be. Gone are the Tommy Bahama shirts, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman. After Luke Harper’s ousting, what remains of the Wyatt Family is the odd couple pairing of Bray Wyatt and the 2017 Royal Rumble winner, Randy Orton. There are bits of intrigue here, but the story surrounding these three is muddled and confusing, without a logical next step. John Cena vs. Randy Orton went down this week on Smackdown Live from Seattle, so that match is less likely to headline WrestleMania 33. Instead, Bray Wyatt will likely be favored to win the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber. This would set up the battle within the family, but lacks the gravitas of a WrestleMania main event. If WWE goes that route, they have one wild card to play: Luke Harper.
Harper seems set for a babyface run after being pushed out of the Family by Orton. A master of the little things and a stalwart in the ring, Luke Harper is one of the more naturally gifted performers on the roster; if a push lies ahead of him, he certainly deserves it. Luke could fight to be included in the potential Wyatt Family battle for the WWE Championship, and would certainly be the crowd favorite (a treat for the smart marks, too). Unless something changes soon, a match featuring Randy and Bray could use more; the WWE Universe could struggle to truly get behind a dog in that fight. For that reason, Luke Harper should be added.
The Royal Rumble card was generally a success, with the Rumble match itself drawing the most criticism. Usually filled with cheap pops and high spots, the Rumble match plateaued after Tye Dillinger’s entrance, as we waited for the stars to enter toward the end. One of the only high moments in an otherwise dull middle was created by Luke Harper. Harper turned on Bray Wyatt with a fierce clothesline and then woke the crowd up. He grabbed Bray and set him up for Sister Abigail before falling victim to a RKO. It was a moment surrounded by mediocrity, and WWE should take notice.
Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship would be just fine, but it could use a jolt. Even if Harper doesn’t end up in the match, he should fight for his chance. Smackdown Live could use an underdog, and Harper could use a spot in a main event. He certainly deserves it.
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