Quoth Bray Wyatt III

Sometimes I find it enlightening to simply transcribe a Bray Wyatt promo, one that ascends to the level of theatrical monologue. When he feuded with John Cena he sounded very Shakespearean (further reading here and here), a sort of deep south Iago, but now that he’s going after Dean Ambrose his style is much more Tennessee Williams. I’m reminded of the reverend losing his faith and his shit in Night of the Iguana. Check it out, and give it a couple minutes — Richard Burton starts really getting heated around 1:20:

Here’s Bray Wyatt from RAW, 11/17/14:

“They have lied to us all, right from the beginning! They tried to convince us that love would make us rich, far more rich than any dollar bill ever could. They tried to convince us that love was the most precious gift we could ever receive. But what they forgot to mention was that everything you love can be ripped away from you at the drop of a hat! As we all know, a man that has nothing to love, a man that has nothing to lose is the most dangerous man in this world.

Poor Dean Ambrose. For people like Dean Ambrose, every day is another pathetic attempt to express himself! To share his love! Out of obligation, not desire. And a man like Ambrose, he has no choice, he will end up in the same misery day after day, he will always be alone. If Dean Ambrose takes anything away from this, I pray he does not mistake my generosity for something malignant. It is true that at first I had to get his attention, man, by any means necessary. But I promise you from the bottom of my heart, right here, right now, today, I come in peace, man! I know. You still feel tormented that you suffered at my hands, Dean, but you must understand — that momentary suffering, it was a gift, because I know they pains that you have endured in this lifetime. A mother who drowned herself in her misery rather than take care of her baby boy. A father who abandoned you. An entire lifetime of isolation, Dean, and I bring these things up to you because I want you to see the salvation that I can offer! It’s all real Dean, it’s all real and it’s all my passion, Dean. I want you to feel it, I want you to feel how I can save you Dean! I pray that you understand that our souls are intertwined. Embrace us, Dean, embrace us, Dean, and I will make this all go away! …

[Interrupted by Dean Ambrose on the big screen] Is this thing on? Hello? Is this thing on?

 

*EDITED TO ADD! The CM Punk podcast has changed everything in my reading of professional wrestling. It is like a new master theory by which to read everything else, and I’m still reeling from such a revelation. I’m working on a reading of Big Show’s heel turn promo on last week’s RAW through the filter of The Podcast, but it just occured to me that we should read Bray Wyatt’s promo here the same way. Read Wyatt’s words again and think about CM Punk’s story as you consider the core of it:

“They have lied to us all, right from the beginning! They tried to convince us that love would make us rich, far more rich than any dollar bill ever could. They tried to convince us that love was the most precious gift we could ever receive. But what they forgot to mention was that everything you love can be ripped away from you at the drop of a hat!”

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