Bray Wyatt's 'Mania status unclear after "pretty significant" back injury

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The WWE Universe was left slightly dumbfounded when watching the Roadblock pay-per-view this past weekend.

Having expected a match between Brock Lesnar and Bray Wyatt, what fans ultimately saw was a two-on-one handicap match between The Beast Incarnate, Wyatt and Luke Harper, with Bray never actually tagging himself in.

Real reason

In the immediate fallout, many speculated the change in plan was to improve Harper's stature and keep the tension between Lesnar and Wyatt to use in a most-WrestleMania context. Now, though, according to WWE guru Dave Meltzer, the real reason is far more worrying.


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Meltzer, via F4WOnline.com, is reporting that Bray Wyatt has suffered a "pretty significant back injury" and thus was unable to wrestle at Roadblock.

Having not wrestled since appearing in an eight-man match on SmackDown's March 9 tapings - missing Roadblock and the subsequent Raw in Pittsburgh - the report would certainly explain Wyatt's prolonged absence. 

At this stage, it is unclear just how long The Wyatt Family leader will be out of action, although there are already question marks about his WrestleMania 32 status.

'Mania status

Wyatt doesn't currently have a match for the AT&T Stadium event having seen rumoured matches against either The Undertaker or Lesnar thrown by the wayside in recent weeks. 

Nevertheless, with a whole host of big names almost certain to miss this year's Showcase of the Immortals (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton and Neville to name but a few), the WWE will surely have plans for Bray.

Hopefully, these, like his match at Roadblock, will not have to be scrapped due to the back injury. With just two-and-a-half weeks to go until 'Mania, however, the fact Wyatt is unable to compete at this stage will have alarm bells ringing in the WWE head office.

history repeating

Unfortunately for 'The Eater of Worlds', approaching the biggest show of the year with an injury appears to be becoming something of a recurring theme.

Last year, just hours before he was due to face off against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32, there were reports that Wyatt had injured his leg preparing for the match. This time around, the bad luck has arrived a couple of weeks early.

Let's just hope the WWE and the wrestler himself are just being extra cautious in keeping him out of action at present. 

The last thing the organization, or 'Mania 32, needs is another big name Superstar scratched off the card. 

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