Newcomer of the Year
Honourable Mention: Big E Langston, Erick Rowan, Luke Harper
Winner: Bray Wyatt
In April 2012 the man formerly known as Husky Harris debuted a new character by the name of Bray Wyatt.
The man who had previously had an extremely disappointing run on the WWE’s main roster was sent back to developmental and was handed the best gimmick the WWE has seen for years.
During his time on NXT, WWE’s developmental programme, he was placed with Erick Rowan and Luke Harper to form The Wyatt Family, a stable which Wyatt is the head of.
Wyatt’s performances on the NXT programme gained them rave reviews from WWE executives as well as WWE fans and it seemed only a matter of time until he and his stable would be called up to the main roster. That time came in July 2013 when the group debuted on RAW by attacking Kane.
Since his debut earlier this year Wyatt has only featured in a handful of singles matches, the first of those coming at the Summerslam pay-per-view in a match which was ruined by the slowness of his opponent Kane.
Since Summerslam, Wyatt has not placed a foot wrong. Every promo he has cut has achieved its goal by scaring, confusing and downright creeping out the WWE fans. His match with Kofi Kingston at the Night of Champions was one of my favourite matches of the year, purely for the creepiness Wyatt exuded throughout the match.
His performances when teaming with The Shield over the last few weeks have been great and the Bray Wyatt character seems to be improving with every week that passes.
The reason I chose Bray Wyatt as the newcomer of the year is because he currently possesses the best gimmick in wrestling and also has the most longevity of any wrestler in the WWE.
The Bray Wyatt gimmick, if handled correctly could see Bray Wyatt become one of the best wrestlers of all time. Like The Undertaker, Wyatt has an air of immortality about him. In other words, Wyatt could be around for a very long time.
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