Of all the injured superstars WWE was forced to forge on without over the last number of months, only Neville, Luke Harper, Randy Orton, and Bray Wyatt remain on the sidelines. Cesaro, Enzo Amore, Seth Rollins, and John Cena have all made their triumphant returns. Sasha Banks has a clean bill of health but has remained off television. Sting hung up his boots for good by announcing his retirement the night before WrestleMania 32.
A month ago, Vince McMahon promised that his ailing stars would return to give his roster a boost and he has delivered, as only Wyatt (and his most trusted follower, Harper) and Orton remain waiting in the wings.
While The Viper still may not be back until July or August, Bray Wyatt is just waiting on the go-ahead to push through the curtain. It was reported on several outlets Monday that Wyatt was in Oklahoma City and, in fact, backstage for Monday Night RAW. Obviously, he was not used on the show, but simply being there is a good indicator that he's ready to be back on television.
Now, the Daily Wrestling News is reporting that the plan is to bring Bray Wyatt back next week for RAW in New Orleans to kick-start whatever plans might be in place for the Eater of Worlds. Wyatt had been tweeting cryptic messages for weeks, using the hashtag #TheReturn in most, which many were led to believe was Bray announcing his comeback. But it was Saturday's tweet (seen below) that might have been the most tell-tale that he was coming back on June 13 to Louisiana.In addition to the news of his return to the WWE, DWN is reporting that there is a lot of speculation that Bray Wyatt will be added to the Money in the Bank ladder match. Qualifying matches for that particular bout began back on May 23, as Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, and Alberto Del Rio all earned the right to compete for the contract that week. The first five all qualified on RAW, while Del Rio advanced via a win over Zack Ryder on SmackDown. Originally, WWE had set aside seven slots for the match but made no mention of those plans in the ensuing weeks.
There have been no hard and fast rules when it comes to a set number of participants for a Money in the Bank ladder match, as the company has booked six, seven, and eight participants in the past. But adding Bray Wyatt to the festivities might be the best (and only) option if they want him in a match at the pay-per-view. The card has already been stacked with top matches, and bringing Wyatt back for an under-card feud wouldn't make a whole lot of sense.
Bray's impact has been felt before at the Money in the Bank event. Last year, he was not advertised as being on the card, but he cost Roman Reigns the briefcase by interfering when it appeared as if Reigns had the match won. Wyatt also participated in one of those aforementioned eight-man MITB ladder matches in 2014 and cost Kane a spot in the All-Star Money in the Bank ladder match prior to the 2013 event.
Ever since WrestleMania, rumors have swirled around Bray Wyatt finally meeting up with Brock Lesnar, which would eventually go down at SummerSlam. Seeds had been planted for the feud back even before the Royal Rumble, but the payoff has yet to be provided. It will be interesting to see if Lesnar's recent decision to return to the octagon will have any bearing on a potential program with Wyatt. Will Wyatt's rumored involvement in the MITB ladder match change plans to have Kevin Owens win the briefcase that night in Las Vegas?
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