The time has finally come. Next week on SmackDown Live the Bludgeon Brothers will make their debut on WWE television. The tag team of Erick Rowan and Luke Harper have been off television since July, but for the last few weeks, the WWE universe has been treated to some rather disturbing vignettes from the Bludgeon Brothers.
The vignettes were shot in the dark forest with the brothers wielding big mallets and talking about screams and cracking bones and about their purpose to obliterating everyone. And these short vids did seem to be building up a pretty high excitement for their eventual debut. At least, until a recent live event in Dublin, Ireland.
It was at that live event that the Bludgeon Brothers made their in-ring debut and the reaction following the event was not overly positive. Although the good news is that it had nothing to do with their wrestling match. Instead, it was their new costumes that lead to a whole host of jokes and negative reactions across the WWE universe and on social media.
Obviously, the darkness of their promos had hidden the fact that their new costumes are very, red! and not at all as intimidating as they probably should be.
There was some speculation following the Dublin debut that the WWE might scrap the whole Bludgeon Brothers thing altogether. But on yesterday's episode of SmackDown Live the latest promo from the brothers ended with the words "Next Week" indicating that we were seven days away from their programming debut.
Now, in the promo, they appear to be wearing the same gear as always. However, it will be interesting to see if any changes are made to their costumes before their SmackDown Live debut next Tuesday night.
Rowan and Harper deserve a real shot to show what they can do apart from the Wyatt family. And if their costumes are creating such a negative focus that they can't really be taken seriously, then WWE needs to make an adjustment and give them the best chance they have to make the gimmick work.