April 3 will be Bray Wyatt's third WrestleMania. And I haven't checked the record books, but I can't think of anyone who had a more impressive set of opponents in his first two than the Eater of Worlds had with John Cena and then Undertaker.
Given that, what's all the doom and gloom about Wyatt heading into this year's Showcase of the Immortals?
Well, it has to do with a lot of pay-per-view (PPV) loses in a row, and a lack of direction for his character. What was supposed to be his Mania set-up when he and his Family eliminated Brock Lesnar from the Royal Rumble match has turned into a Roadblock match - and frustrated a lot of fans who want to follow the buzzards.
But as his brief staredown with Triple H at the end of this week's Raw showed, it wouldn't take much to get crowds invested in Bray again.
I've learned a lot of things and I think one is patience. As I start growing up a little bit, I've definitely learned patience. Patience is a virtue and I think going into this one I'm more collected. I'm not throwing myself out there. It's more of me waiting for my moment to strike. I'm the snake in the grass this time and not the feeble mouse running around and that's the biggest lesson I've learned.
I mean most men would be crazy to call out The Undertaker. Let's just throw that one out there. Especially at that time, The Wyatt Family was disbanded. I kind of went in headfirst and I said, "I fear no man," which is still true, but maybe I bit off a little more than I could chew. That's not to say that I can't beat The Undertaker, not to say that I won't still beat The Undertaker, but definitely next time I'll go in a little more calculated.
I will be a very forceful part of WrestleMania. I guarantee that. Where will I be? You'll just have to wait and see.
Could those calculations involve a pursuit of the belt Triple H wears over his shoulder, the shiny bauble Bray eyed on Raw?
It factored into a follow-up answer about he and his crew's third Mania:
Going into my third one, I've learned a lot. I've learned a lot from the past few and I'm very proud of what we've accomplished thus far. Now we're at the stage of our careers where we'll start looking to expand. We'll start looking at winning titles and conquering and making this place ours. That's our mindset.
What would you like to see the Wyatts do in AT&T Stadium? What would it take for you to buy into them as serious competitors, or did you never stop seeing them that way?