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In pro wrestling, there are always good guys (“baby-faces” or “faces”) and bad guys (“heels”). While the faces are the popular wrestlers, sell merchandise, and puts butts in the seats, they would be useless without an evil villain for fans to hate. The current WWE roster possesses a group of heels that could rival any group of heels in pro wrestling history. The Wyatt Family and Evolution provide a mix of creativity and fear that no other group of heels can compare.
The Wyatt Family might be the most innovative faction in sports entertainment history. Their spiritual yet hellacious leader, Bray Wyatt, has been a breath of fresh air to the monotonous characters the WWE has produced in the past few years. Bray has been avoiding the typical heel moves, and that is what makes him so scary. Bray has no clear motive, no clear goal, and only really believes in offering salvation by “following the buzzards”. These points are further emphasized with his actions last Monday night. The Wyatt family and a children choir with sheep masks over their heads came out to greet John Cena by singing “He’s got the whole world in his hands”. I did not think a children’s song could invoke such psychological terror. This act was truly one of the creepier things WWE shown on TV in years.
Evolution was an old faction in the early 2000s consisting of Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton and Ric Flair. Evolution formed again recently, excluding Flair. But this Evolution does not feel like the same old song and dance that D-Generation X provides. Evolution seems more like three guys who allied with one another because they know it is in their best interest. This Evolution hardly seems like they are friends. This modern Evolution is portrayed like allied mafia bosses, doing what is best for each own business. This inquisitive alliance is further highlighted with the appearance of their old friend, Ric Flair. Flair almost completely ignored Evolution for their Shield counterparts. Flair shook The Shield’s hands and disregarded Evolution entirely.
If WWE continues to move in this interesting and different direction, there should be more and more good, quality wrestling with fascinating story-lines. Let’s see what the WWE does with these characters, but I am excited to see what happens next.