October 14 Smack downBray Wyatt’s first promo after returning to WWE the previous weekend was interrupted by… someone wearing a mask we first saw during the ‘White Rabbit’ reveal at the end of Extreme Rules.
Wyatt needs to finish his thoughts this time. In a backstage speech set to the growing tensions of his new entrance music, Code Orange’s “Shatter,” Bray began speaking in the same “real” voice he used last week. But before he finished his confession, Wyatt returned to the kind of oracular messages we’ve always associated with him.
“I apologize for last week. I couldn’t finish what I was saying. But it’s okay. I’ll know.
“I always said revenge is an admission of pain. And that’s – I still believe that. I want to tell you some things today. I feel like that can help, right? So this is it.
“I admit that I have problems. I know I have problems. I always had problems. It’s not hard for people to see. But there are a few, like anger, sometimes it can take me to places I don’t want to be. Last time, it took me to a place I shouldn’t have come back from. I really shouldn’t have. But for some reason, I have chances. Odds that most people won’t have.
“But I admit that this time I was happy, I was content to be left alone. I was ok with it being over. I wanted you to stop saying my name, I wanted you to Leave it alone. But I must admit that I’m really glad you didn’t.
“Because I needed you. I needed all of you. You pulled the spears from my ribs and shot me. You told me what to do without even having to tell me, and I’m grateful for that.
“Because now I can see. I know who you are. I know what you want, I know what you’re trying to do. But it won’t work. I confess that throughout this journey, I will do horrible, horrible things, but I will never regret them. I’m just a servant now. I go where the circle takes me.
As main man Geno Mrosko pointed out in his Smack down review, this all sounds very cool even though (or because) we don’t know what he’s talking about. Me? I’m just excited that he tied the circle business in there.
The biggest mystery remains, who is Wyatt talking to? I think in the beginning it’s us. But once he admits he’s glad we didn’t leave him alone, he could address the fans, his inner demons, or both.
It’s a question that became even more relevant when… someone answered Bray later in the show.
“Why would you lie to me? You should never lie to those you love… Hi.
The masked figure that says “Howdy” appears to be a different mask than the one seen earlier in the video, which is also the one that interrupted Bray last Friday and that we saw elsewhere during the “White Rabbit” hunt. The obvious speculation is that new mask in “Uncle Howdy,” which we learned about when WWE filed trademarks on that name and “Uncle Harper.”
Does that mean the first mask is “Uncle Harper”? Are either of these characters actually Wyatt? Manifestations of part of his personality? Internet sleuths have linked “Uncle Howdy” to another rumor, that former Ring of Honor & Impact wrestler Vinny Marseglia is signing with WWE as part of this story. I’ve even heard people say it was Marseglia’s voice, but I don’t have enough ears to judge. For comparison, here’s a Vinny promo:
I can tell you that Marseglia – and his partner in The Righteous, Dutch (Bill Carr) – are friends with Wyatt. And there’s a lot on their social media that seems to tie them to this story, including images that have the number 6 in them (like in Wyatt 6) and what looks like a upright version of Bray’s moth logo.
We get another QR code in this video, which leads to this link, and this psychological assessment of Bray:
Which, like Bray’s promo, is a neat detail but doesn’t tell us much in the way of new information. The customer ID is a phone number, however, and it gets you a voicemail from someone whispering the words to David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’: “Oh no, not me. I never lost control. Oh no, not me. We never lost control.
Still with us? Let’s see where the circle takes us…
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