It's caused a lot of chaos over the weekend, but Bray Wyatt's illness has forced the WWE to change plans for this Sunday's upcoming pay-per-view TLC. It was heavily promoted as one of the bigger storylines on Raw over the past few weeks because the character of Sister Abigail was set to make "her" in-ring debut against Finn Balor.
A series of video promos so the WWE go completely out of the box with the Sister Abigail storyline. Most believed when Abigail eventually debuted, it would be a female talent playing the role. Instead, WWE went with Wyatt playing the character in a drag and Sister Abigail being a split personality or demon witch living inside Wyatt and able to overtake his soul at any time. It was an odd choice, but many in the WWE Universe were going to tune into TLC to see Sister Abigail's debut.
With Wyatt now out, what will WWE do? AJ Styles has been called upon to fill in on Sunday but long-term something needs to be done about the storyline. Here are Five Things That Can Happen To Sister Abigail With Bray Wyatt Out Of Action.
It sounds boring but the reality of what will probably happen is that the WWE will simply hold off on Sister Abigail's debut until Wyatt is healthy. Storyline wise it doesn't make much sense since it appears Abigail is not from this world and a case of viral meningitis shouldn't hold her back, but that's not how real life works.
Balor will likely win in his match against AJ Styles (not as the Demon King) and then return to talking to Wyatt through video clips on Monday's episode of Raw. WWE likely won't even touch on the illness and pretend like the delay never happened.
It's a long shot but there is a chance WWE drops this angle altogether. Much of that will depend on how long Wyatt is out of action for. The WWE has to have realized by now that not many in the WWE Universe are fond of their idea to turn Wyatt into a drag queen. If they feel like it has long-term side effects for Wyatt, they may see this break as an opportunity to change directions.
It's not cool when WWE does drop storylines and expects fans to just sort of forget what they've been watching but it's not a new thing. Continuity and the WWE are not two words that often belong in the same sentence.
It was surprising to learn that Wyatt would be playing Sister Abigail. That said, it's something the WWE has tried before. Mick Foley was famous long before Dude Love, but when the WWE wanted to change things up, Foley became a mixture of Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love. Some of it was cool and funny, but for the most part, it really hurt the Mankind character.
Perhaps the WWE will try to explain this away by saying Sister Abigail just didn't feel it was time to show up. Instead, we'll get something else. Brother Bray or Uncle Harris (remember, Wyatt used to be Husky Harris in Nexus). Maybe Wyatt is a bunch of personalities and we never know who is going to show up.
Part of the idea that Sister Abigail not showing up on Sunday could be that she's disappeared. What if the idea was that Bray's sickness wouldn't have been enough to keep her spirit away but that because his physical form couldn't withstand the rigors of real life (simple human getting sick), she decided Wyatt wasn't worthy and she abandoned him?
That idea could then send Wyatt into a psychotic frenzy trying to figure out where she went. The story would progress as he starts losing himself trying to get her back and he blames everyone else including himself for her having left, stopping at nothing and tearing apart everything to get her back.
Whether it be because she chooses to possess another human soul upon her return or WWE just decides that the character is too strong not to have Sister Abigail as part of the current crop of stories, perhaps someone could take Wyatt's place. Maybe it's a female (preferably) and maybe it's not, but the idea would be that Sister Abigail can take any form.
We've only ever known her to be attached to Wyatt, but does that really have to be a sticking point for the WWE? They've transitioned into stranger ideas before. It would allow Wyatt enough time to get over his illness but not abandon the character and story all at once. It might also set this character on the track the company should have taken in the first place, which was put a female talent in a prime spot on the roster.
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