Update On WWE's WACKY 'Mountain Dew Pitch Black' Match Plans

Latest on WWE's ideas for Bray Wyatt vs. LA Knight at Royal Rumble 2023.

Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match

Bray Wyatt and LA Knight will collide in WWE's first ever Mountain Dew Pitch Black Match at Royal Rumble 2023 this Saturday (28 January) - and it sounds like the promotion has some wacky gimmicks up its sleeve for the occasion.

Fightful Select reports that the bout is set to incorporate "neon elements" at Royal Rumble 2023. There is currently no word on what, exactly, this entails, though WWE has staged run-throughs for the clash ahead of Knight vs. Wyatt.

The bout is sponsored by the Pitch Black flavour of Mountain Dew, which you never would have guessed by its title. Introduced as a limited-time release in 2004, the drink has been brought back several times over the years, with the latest re-release coming on 16 January.


The contest is set to be Bray's first television bout since returning to WWE last year. Having previously been inactive since WrestleMania 37 in April 2021, the former 'Fiend' worked a quartet of house shows opposite Jinder Mahal in December 2022, suffering a suspected finger injury in the process.

Wyatt revived his old Firefly Fun House segment on last week's SmackDown, continuing his spooky pursuit of Knight.

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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.