According to the usually reliable, WrestleVotes, ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton in a Firefly Inferno Match was pre-taped on Sunday afternoon.
The pre-record allowed WWE to get edgier and deliver the required adult material while carefully choregraphing stunts such asWyatt attempting to set ‘The Viper’ alight in the rocking chair at ringside, ‘The Fiend’ whipping Orton with a blazing strap and both men trying to burn each other numerous times in the flames.
WWE’s biggest stunt, however, came at the conclusion of the bout when Orton set ‘The Fiend’ alight while locked in the Mandible Claw. With his jacket ablaze, the disturbing vision ran back into the ring only to eat a RKO.
Retrieving a cannister of gasoline from ringside – the same one from which Wyatt had attempted to burn Orton and the rocking chair earlier – the former WWE Champion doused his rival and burnt his body in the middle of the ring to end the show on a horrifying scene.
Such scenes would not have been possible live as they would have required perfect camera cuts in order to miss the ring crew replacing Wyatt with the dummy that burnt as the show went off the air.
As per the report by WrestleVotes, there was also a last minute schedule change as the bout was not originally meant to headline WWE’s final event of the year.
Following the bout, Bray Wyatt tweeted a photo of a cocoon alongside the message, “thank you.” It is currently unknown whether TLC was meant to be The Fiend’s send-off or whether the character will now evolve into something even more horrific inside his cocoon in order to wreak a terrible revenge on his rival.