Bray Wyatt has certainly had his share of ups and downs during his time with WWE. But as long as he’s been Bray Wyatt — starting with his very first days as the character back in NXT — no one can ever accuse him of not fully committing to the character. He gives about as many out-of-character interviews or soundbites as The Undertaker. Hell, he even went full “spooky lantern” when his Family appeared on SportsCenter.
So if you, like me, are a fan of wrestlers refusing to break character, you will definitely enjoy this little anecdote from the new NXT coffee table book, which was very helpfully transcribed by Redditor Suplex-City.
According to a rarely out-of-character Wyatt himself, Dusty Rhodes pressed him into going to jury duty as the character Bray Wyatt.
“Bray began with my real-life lunacy,” says Wyatt. “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.”
When Husky Harris failed on the main roster, he went all in with the Wyatt persona. “I was going to jury duty in my hometown, and Dusty made me go to jury duty as Bray,” Wyatt says. “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. Obviously, I didn’t get picked for jury duty, but I had the white pants, Hawaiian shirt, the whole nine yards. There were no fragments of Husky Harris. Husky Harris was dead, and he was to stay dead. I was Bray Wyatt. We were one.”
That rules. I mean, it’s possible that Wyatt admitted in print to committing perjury, but since we don’t know the specifics of what the questions and answers were during his voir dire, we’ll never know.
(Let’s face facts: he probably just sat in that jury waiting room dressed like any linen-pantsed swamp dandy and stared at everyone else, then got dismissed without ever being called to a panel. But my heart will believe that he stated an inability to serve, citing hardship caused by being unable to tend to his infirm dead ghost sister and his hillbilly cultists, who rely on him.)