Bray Wyatt on his character origin: ‘Dusty Rhodes made me go to jury duty as Bray’

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With the rise of the internet and social media, it’s getting tougher and tougher for professional wrestlers to maintain kayfabe in real life. While it was more common years ago, it’s pretty unrealistic now to expect pro wrestlers to maintain their character anytime they are in public.

But, that doesn’t mean kayfabe is completely dead. Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion Bray Wyatt channeled the stars from years gone by and stayed in his backwoods cult leader character through such things as jury duty.

Bray Wyatt credits Dusty Rhodes for character

In a coffee table book about WWE’s developmental division NXT, Bray Wyatt was down there to change his character since fans didn’t quite grasp his Husky Harris character with The Nexus. In developing what would be his current character, WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes convinced Wyatt to go to jury duty as the character in order to get used to performing as him.

“Bray began with my real-life lunacy. I’ve always been an against-all-authority kind of child. I was a big fan of Rage Against the Machine. They were a big influence on my life as a child. So, when I started working with Dusty Rhodes, I began losing my mind on a very real level. I became obsessed with this character,” Wyatt said.

“I was going to jury duty in my hometown, and Dusty made me go to jury duty as Bray. Dusty told me, ‘This is the perfect exercise. Become Bray.’ I literally went to jury duty as Bray Wyatt. I was so immersed in the character that I didn’t break once.”

It’s kind of absurd to show up to jury duty as a WWE character known for holding a lantern while walking toward the ring and having a family which consisted of someone wearing a lamb mask. But, it’s not too drastically different than an actor being in character while filming a movie and will only answer to their character’s name than their real name.

Wyatt one of WWE’s brightest young superstars

The 29-year old, whose real name is Windham Lawrence Rotunda, first debuted in WWE back in 2010 as Husky Harris. But, he would eventually be rebranded as Bray Wyatt. The Eater of Worlds ascended to main-event status after repackaging himself and is now widely considered as one of the company’s brightest young stars.

Bray Wyatt will participate in a Fatal 5-Way match at the upcoming RAW brand-exclusive Extreme Rules pay-per-view (PPV) on June 4th. This will be to determine the number one contender for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal championship.

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