Re: So is Bray Wyatt finished?
He isn't finished.
Yes, the booking didn't do him any favors, but it's not as if he showed much weakness or looked beaten at any point. I think the biggest problems with last night's fiasco is that they completely buried one of the most dangerous finishing maneuvers in the company, made the Fiend look way beyond superhuman level which hurts his character so much in the long run, and once again proved that they aren't willing to listen to the fans and put the title on one of, if not the, its hottest acts, no matter what's going on in the wrestling landscape elsewhere. And this is the same company who made a press release the other day after AEW beat them in the ratings that the fans are the ones who won. Yeah, right.
Now, don't mistake anything that I wrote above as me saying that there's hope that they can recapture the Fiend's aura and save his character from inevitable failure. There is no hope as long as Vince is in charge because all these acts very much end the same with him. As much of a trainwreck as last night was, though, booking the Fiend into a championship HIAC match two matches into the gimmick was the worst decision of all. There was no way to logically book this match with him not winning the title and not hurt his character or the prestige of the championship. It was bound to be a disaster from the moment they went with that finish at Clash of Champions, but now they've created a much bigger hole that I don't really have any optimism they'll be able to pull themselves out of creatively speaking.