How The Fiend Saved Bray Wyatt

Firefly Fun House III
WWE

The Firefly Fun House was a roaring success.

Regularly described as one of Raw's few saving graces during one of the Monday flagship's regular creative lulls, its original eight-episode run not only gave us memes like the Muscle Man Dance, but also took the broken, defective Bray Wyatt character and immediately transformed him into something more compelling.

Dressed like a substitute geography teacher, Wyatt became a twisted, happy-go-lucky orator with a dark, sinister edge - The Fiend - lurking beneath. It was genuinely such good sh*t, pal. Something had damaged Bray's psyche in his time away, and as he laughed, waved, and joked through his Fun House skits, he felt more dangerous than he had in years. The playful, sweater-clad demeanour only enhanced The Fiend's menace.

WWE's presentation cannot be faulted here. They gave the former 'New Face of Fear' the perfect platform in these short, sharp bursts of mayhem, and while some bemoaned the Fun House's short eight-episode run, it kept things concise. Commissioning further episodes would have only increased the risk of overexposure.

But as brilliant as the Fun House's execution was, this resurgence was sparked by other, more important factors.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.