The Fiend shockingly lost the opening match of WrestleMania 37 as Alexa Bliss turned on the monster character, leading to a Randy Orton win. After an impressive entrance where The Fiend shed his burned-to-a-crisp look in favor of his traditional gear, Alexa Bliss distracted The Fiend when she began bleeding profusely, with black blood streaming down her face.
This opened the door for Randy Orton to deliver an RKO for the victory. By the time WWE turned the lights off and on, with no sign of The Fiend, fans in Tampa, Fla. booed this moment profusely.
After a series of bad matches and a feud that was met with intense criticism, this match served as a surefire death knell for The Fiend’s character as it might be back to the drawing board for Bray Wyatt.
The Fiend and Randy Orton worked a very polarizing feud filled with supernatural bona fides and an infantile Alexa Bliss as a prominent supporting character. Everything from pentagrams, bile, fire, doppelgangers and magic were employed, all to build to a straight-up wrestling match as the culmination.
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Between confusion as to whom the babyface was (apparently it’s The Fiend) and a series of bizarre segments, Randy Orton and The Fiend garnered heavy criticism amid some support from those who like their wrestling to be more outside of the box.
Despite their immense talents as generational wrestlers, Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt have a very scattershot history as opponents. They previously wrestled at WrestleMania 33 in a singles match that featured imagery of worms and beetles in the middle of the ring. The match garnered “this is creepy” chants from the Orlando crowd and was panned as one of the worst WWE Championship matches in WWE history.
Orton and Wyatt doubled down on their oil-and-water feud with a cinematic House of Horrors match that was wholly rejected by the live crowd at WWE Payback 2017. With Orton and Wyatt once again using magic and horror to tell a polarizing story, they appeared to be headed down the same path as some of their critically panned matches of the past.
WrestleMania 37, Night 2 served as yet another black eye for Bray Wyatt, who seems to be running out of eyes to blacken if he hasn’t already.