WWE SmackDown is ongoing as I type. With about half an hour left in the program, we’re getting some real news now.
Over the past few weeks, as Bray Wyatt (and/or the Fiend) has been wreaking havoc on the life of Daniel Bryan, the Miz has emerged as an unlikely ally to try and advise Bryan against being tempted and changed by Bray. This culminated with Bray assaulting Bryan last week and seemingly ripping all of the hair from his head.
This week, Miz wanted to see Bryan but stated that he’d all but disappeared. He wanted answers, but only found himself taken into Bray’s antics himself this week.
You can see a recap of what went down below:
Firefly Funhouse theme plays and Bray taunts Miz for snooping around. Says he doesn’t wanna know where Daniel Bryan is, he might still be with “him”… says he want him to play with him again at TLC but doesn’t think he’ll be there. He asks Miz if he’d play with him instead! Miz doesn’t want to play, says Bryan is part of the WWE family. Bray seems intrigued by the word family. Mentions how he used to have a family of his own. Wyatt Family image – including Daniel Bryan! – flashes up. Bray then holds up a picture of Miz, Maryse and their two babies for a veiled threat. Big heat and Miz is pissed, storms down the ramp as we go to commercial.
– Later –
Backstage, Miz is WALKING! He gets to a dark corridor. Camera pans and we see the photo of Miz’s family but now Bray is in his place, holding one of his children. Hears “Say Cheese” and turns around right into a Sister Abigail. Bray cackles and lays the photo on him, sings “There’s no place like home for the holidays…”
Later, it was made official: The Miz will be challenging Bray Wyatt for the Universal Championship at TLC. Going by the graphic shown, it actually appears that he will be wrestling Bray himself rather than the Fiend. This would be backed up by Bray getting physical in his kid’s host outfit for once.