WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat recently heaped praise on SmackDown superstar Bray Wyatt and lauded him for always striving to better his job.
One of the most popular wrestlers on WWE’s roster, Wyatt has been enthralling fans for nearly a decade with his exceptional character work. Unlike most wrestlers who rely on their acts in the ring to attract the audience, Bray Wyatt engages them by showcasing different aspects of his character. He was released by WWE in 2021, but returned to the promotion on October 8 to a raucous ovation.
Considering all of his avatars have struck a chord with fans, it is safe to assume that he spends ample time creating the said characters before presenting them on TV. Speaking to Bill Apter of Sportskeeda Wrestling, Ricky Steamboat, who teamed up with Bray Wyatt in FCW, praised Bray Wyatt for always trying to better himself.
The WWE Hall of Famer also pointed to the undying spirit of the former Universal Champion.
“I liked the way he [Bray Wyatt] thought because he was always thinking about how he could be better. And he wasn’t a guy to give up. I don’t know about it right now, but time in FCW then],” said Ricky Steamboat [2:19 – 2:31]
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Ricky Steamboat rejects Bray Wyatt’s pitches on WWE
Elsewhere in the interview, Ricky Steamboat revealed how at the time of Wyatt’s main roster call-up, two of his character pitches were rejected by WWE. The former Intercontinental Champion said that it didn’t matter to The Eater of Worlds.
The higher-ups finally accepted the 35-year-old’s final pitch for the Wyatt Family gimmick, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“He [Bray Wyatt] could adapt. He got called, and I don’t remember his first two characters, but the higher-ups didn’t like the character, so they sent him back down. So he came up with a different character. idea of having, and he’d be called back to see, but they didn’t like it, so they sent him back down. Then I think it was the third time he typed Louisiana Swamp Man, Bray Wyatt, and he Clicked,” said Ricky Steamboat. [1:32 – 2:16]
Wyatt is currently engaged in a slow-burn feud against L.A. Knight on WWE SmackDown. They are expected to fight in the first-ever pitch black match at Royal Rumble 2023 on January 28. He returned in his first match in the company at the Madison Square Garden house show against Jinder Mahal.
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