One of the biggest talking points from WrestleMania 37 was the return of The Fiend, Bray Wyatt.
The Fiend had initially returned to WWE in March, re-emerging with a shocking new look at Fastlane. However, by the time Wyatt arrived in the ring at Raymond James Stadium to face Randy Orton, he had reverted back to his previous incarnation.
At the start of the match The Fiend rose from a giant Jack-in-the-box, as Alexa Bliss cranked the handle. The match ended as bizarrely as it began with Bliss sitting atop the giant box, covered in black liquid, distracting Wyatt as he went to hit the Sister Abigail. This hesitation allowed Orton to hit the RKO and pick up the win.
After a stare down between Bliss and The Fiend, the arena was pitched into darkness and the pair disappeared.
The match and especially the closing stages, left many fans confused and disappointed.
It has now reportedly emerged that the plans for the match were changed over the course of the weekend, including the identity of the winner.
According to Fightful Select, the original plans for the match called for The Fiend to emerge victorious, leading to Randy Orton being written off TV. The new finish and lack of direction for the angle reportedly left the talent involved confused.
“A “surprise” finish was pitched over the weekend, and we’re told Bruce Prichard and Vince McMahon were instrumental in the change and the decision making associated. We were told that management seemed happy with the finish as it played out, but talent we’ve heard from were exceedingly confused.”
The report also notes that there were never any plans for a Firefly Funhouse style match.
During the match, Bray Wyatt paid tribute to his late friend Brodie Lee, performing Lee’s signature hand gesture and “Yeah, yeah, yeah” catchphrase.