A current WWE superstar was inspired to get into wrestling after watching The Wyatt Family led by Bray Wyatt.
The Wyatt Family was originally a trio consisting of the group leader Bray Wyatt along with two tall and bearded men, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. They started out in NXT and then by the summer of 2013 they were a major force on the main roster.
They would go on to have a lot of success as a group although, like most stables in WWE, their run ended earlier than most fans likely wanted.
By the time the 2016 WWE Draft hit, Strowman was on his own on the Raw brand while Wyatt and Harper were part of a long-term story with Randy Orton.
Bray Wyatt ended up winning the WWE & Universal Titles in WWE while Strowman is a former Universal Champion. Rowan & Harper were also Tag Team Champions. All of those title wins didn’t happen while the Wyatt Family was together, but they were definitely a successful group.
Shotzi credits the Wyatt Family for inspiring her wrestling career
On the WWE Smackdown brand, Shotzi is one of the more popular women on the roster. She has been feuding with Bayley of Damage CTRL for a few months to get revenge on Bayley for cutting her hair. However, Shotzi has also been inspired by her new look and hopes it leads to success in the future.
While speaking to The RIP Tour, Shotzi was asked about how she got into pro wrestling.
“I watched a little bit with my brother growing up, but I was never a huge fan. I just never thought that someone as small as me could be a wrestler. I always thought you had to have the biggest muscles ever to be a wrestler.”
“I was doing musical theater, I moved back home from going to musical theater college and dropped that dream. I started watching WWE again, and it was the Wyatt Family that I was watching that got me into wrestling again. I thought they were so cool. Me and my sister wanted to be the female version of them. The rest is history.”
“We talked about that, and I immediately went online, ‘How do you get into wrestling?’ I looked up schools near me and started training a few months later. I thank the Wyatt family for that. I was a theater kid. I was watching wrestling and was like, ‘this is aggressive theater.’ This is what I need to do.”
Sadly, Luke Harper (real name Jon Huber) died of illness in December while Wyatt passed away last month. When WWE honored Wyatt on Smackdown, Strowman & Rowan stood together on the stage honoring their late friend.