Jim Cornette On Bray Wyatt Being A “Believable Wrestler”

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Jim Cornette is a fan of Bray Wyatt because he comes across as a very believable wrestler in terms of how he talks and the way he carries himself.

While Bray Wyatt has been known for being supernatural in some ways, he also comes from a wrestling family as the son of Irwin R. Schyster, nephew of Barry Windham and grandson of Black Jack Mulligan. When a wrestler has the business in their blood, they tend to have a better grasp of the business because it’s ingrained in them.

Since returning to WWE at Extreme Rules, Wyatt has talked about how he is now the most real version of himself as he does promos talking about how he wants to be a good person, but he knows that evil is out there too. Wyatt is also haunted by a character named “Uncle Howdy” who remains a major mystery.

During a recent episode of Jim Cornette’s Experience podcast, the legendary wrestling manager reacted to a recent Smackdown promo and talked about how Wyatt is very believable in what he does.

“So Bray Wyatt comes out and gets in the ring. And again, like I praised him, and I’ve been trying to praise him. The laugh, the tone, the voice, the delivery, this guy could be one of the most believable wrestlers in the business. He could talk you into something and part of it is just waiting forever to hear and try to understand what point he’s making, but you can take the ride with him because it’s a colourful way of speaking. And he comes out and he says this is me, the real me no masks, no smoke and mirrors. Just me and you, it’s the real man, Bray Wyatt. And I’m the best version of him, I’m going to do spectacular things while I’m here. Because you know I’ve often in my life, I’ve often been out of control and I go to a dark place.

I’m waiting for him to say something, and not to say [he’s not saying a lot], he’s saying plenty. I’m waiting to understand what he’s saying or what point he’s eventually going to make. He never actually gets there but I love listening to it. Because you think it’s built into something. There’s a lot of anticipation here, it’s a great delivery and he could be one of the most believable people like Blackjack Mulligan was as a promo when, let’s face it. I mean he was so big and for a massive man like that his work was good, but he wasn’t like Ricky Steamboat, but he could talk. He could talk you in, they built his cast of characters in Eagle Pass Texas and you know he drew the people into what he was saying.”

While Cornette was complimentary of some of Bray’s promo, he also mentioned how Bray wanted to be “spooky” as a character.

“This guy could do the same thing but it appears that he doesn’t want to be the most believable guy, he wants to be the most unbelievable, the most spookiest and take The Undertaker and Kane or wrap them up times 10 with Papa Shango as a f*cking chaser. And as he’s doing this promo when he said he’s done horrible things, a part of him is not afraid to do that. But they’ll come another time when someone will ask me to do something horrible, I’m like what the f*ck? And then the video pops up and it’s the guy, someone in a spooky mask with quick cuts and darkness and effects, video effects, all over it. [He is] Doing a promo about mask wearing and no mask you’re wearing and I don’t know what the f*ck is going on now I can’t understand half of it. But it’s spooky and finally he reveals himself as Uncle Howdy. It looks like as I think a number of people have pointed out, a mask [of] if Barry Windham was a zombie is what the mask that Uncle Howdy wears. It just so happens that Barry Windham is his uncle. It maybe makes him boy howdy, all these, you know what, that’s what happened. I said boy howdy so many times I finally conjured up Bray Wyatt. But I’m not saying that I’m trying to pitch the idea that Barry Windham is coming in to work with Bray Wyatt, I’m saying it’s his family. It’s another personality somehow of himself and his with his convoluted family, dark thoughts in his brain that makes him do horrible things or whatever, but goddamn I don’t know what to think about all this.”

“But I actually think, and people have been tweeting us and people have been emailing me. And they’ve been saying you’re gonna have to say Brian (Cornette’s co-host) was right, he’s about to work a programme with himself. And I think you’re right, I think he’s about to work a program with himself. And I made the promo in the ring versus the guy on the screen might work but when they actually have to have a match how are they gonna figure that out?”

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