Since returning to WWE at Extreme Rules in October, Bray Wyatt has picked up where he left off when he was released in the summer of 2021, reviving his menagerie of characters from the Firefly Fun House as well as introducing new, disturbing, elements to his act.
Following his comeback, Bray Wyatt claimed to be a changed man, having left his dark past as The Fiend behind him. However, the mysterious Uncle Howdy interrupted him at every turn, accusing him of lying.
In the weeks leading up to the Royal Rumble, where Wyatt would face LA Knight in a Pitch Black match, Howdy seemed to be proved right as Wyatt appeared to snap and revert to his old ways. As well as using his old moniker of ‘The Eater Of Worlds’, Wyatt made the even more startling claim that he is, in fact, Uncle Howdy.
“I am the Eater of Worlds. I am Uncle Howdy. I am him. I am the nagging conscience of a world that has thrown itself away to moral monsters, I am everything! I am Bray Wyatt!
I know who I am, but who are you? At the Royal Rumble it will be my true rebirth. A baptism in the dark. As for you LA Knight, know this son, when the lights go out, you should run.”
The match itself saw the arena plunged into darkness with neon lights lighting up the ring and the two fighting between the illuminated ring ropes. Things didn’t stay in the confines of the ring for long, however, as Knight took it to Wyatt on the outside, sending him crashing through an announce table. Back inside, though, Wyatt hit Sister Abigail to win the match.
Things didn’t end there, as Wyatt donned a new mask and led Knight to the top of the ramp and rendered him unconscious with the Mandible Claw. Then, Uncle Howdy appeared above them and dove onto Knight, as the pair were surrounded in flames and the denizens of the Firefly Fun House watched on.
As Bray Wyatt and @RealLAKnight met in the first-ever @MountainDew Pitch Black Match at #RoyalRumble, Uncle Howdy made a big splash! pic.twitter.com/TqYhpt1sAZ
— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2023
Bray Wyatt praises “genius” of Triple H
With the kind of craziness Wyatt has made a staple of his character, it is no surprise that he is appreciative of the changes Triple H has brought to the creative process in WWE.
Speaking to Ryan Satin on Out of Character, the star singles out how much more organic the storytelling is now than in his previous run in the company.
“This is different now. It’s more of a free flow. Everything that happens now is organic and I don’t know if you can tell, you know, from a television standpoint as much. I think you can.
“But now it’s like, when things happen, they happen in the moment, you know? It’s not preparation. It’s not all this hoopla surrounding it and there’s not all these rules. It’s kind of, things are just happening that is the genius of Triple H.”
H/T to eWrestlingNews for the above transcription.