This is an issue that the creative team, well, created for itself. It has pitted The Viper against The Eater of Worlds at a time when neither man can afford to lose, so regardless of the outcome of their match at Backlash, it’s WWE that takes one step backward.
Orton wrestled his first major match since returning from injury when he faced Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Unfortunately for Orton, however, what was supposed to be a clash between two of the best stars of their generation ultimately wound up being a colossal, one-sided beatdown of Orton that, quite frankly, made Orton look like he should have stayed on the sidelines.
Likewise, SummerSlam wasn’t a great night for Bray Wyatt, either. Why? Because he wasn’t even on the card. Perhaps more so than any other superstar on the roster, WWE simply hasn’t figured out how to consistently book Wyatt in a way that firmly establishes him among the company’s top stars.