Bray Wyatt has been known to be one of the most creatively talented WWE superstars of all time. Arriving with his cult leader persona flanked by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in NXT in 2012, Wyatt originally wanted former NXT talent Knuckles Madsen as a part of The Wyatt Family.
Knuckles Madsen was one of the prospects of WWE’s developmental territory between 2012 and 2013. However, his only televised NXT match took place in May 2013, where Madsen participated in a Battle Royal.
Knuckles Madsen was released in December 2013 and during that time, Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt Family cohorts had already re-debuted on the main roster. The stable had arrived in an attempt to lay over their darkness on the entire WWE landscape.
It is surprising to know that Bray Wyatt originally had other plans for his stable. Former WWE superstar Enzo Amore recently revealed that NXT decision-makers did not let Knuckles Madsen join the Wyatt Family as they feared that the talented Madsen would overshadow Wyatt’s leadership. He spoke about this on the Monte & The Pharaoh LI#1 Pro Wrestling Broadcast.
“My buddy who I was in the WWE with who they missed the boat on, one of the best workers in the world, on the mic, in the ring, was a guy at WWE named Knuckles Madsen in NXT. Nobody ever saw him.
We saw him. Bray Wyatt wanted him in The Wyatt Family so bad, fought for him, didn’t get him. They thought he would take away from Bray, draw too much attention.”
The Wyatt Family saw various incarnations in WWE with other superstars such as Randy Orton and Braun Strowman, also becoming a part of the stable at some point alongside Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper. However, it would have been interesting to see if a talented star like Knuckles Madsen would have also been a part of the stable.
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