Firefly Fun House: A Step-By-Step Guide to Bray Wyatt’s Madness

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Six Years Ago, You Made the Wrong Choice Cowboy

– This line hints at the decision to not make a double turn (similar to Bret Hart & Steve Austin at WM13) to be a mistake. Cena should have hit Wyatt with the chair so the established star could turn heel, while the new star could prosper as the face fans could get behind. In Wyatt’s mind, he believes Cena didn’t do enough and he was screwed over. He should have done what many have said for years; do a Hogan and turn heel like he did in WCW. After Cena tries hitting Wyatt with the steel chair (like he didn’t do at WMXXX), Wyatt disappears and we are quickly moved on to the next level.

– WCW Nitro circa 1997, the early days of the nWo. Wyatt mimics Eric Bischoff’s introducing their mega star Hollywood Hogan. But instead, it’s Hollywood Cena sporting nWo attire with a spray painted big gold belt. This signifies that Cena’s finally done what the fans wanted by turning heel (did he jump to AEW too?), and is again taken seriously as ‘The Man’ despite being past his prime.

It’s interesting to note that Wyatt is wearing a red nWo shirt, while Cena is in black & white. Not only does this go with Bray’s earlier quote, but it also represents the nWo Wolfpac. For anyone unaware, the Wolfpac was a popular babyface faction (without Hogan) separate of Black & White. They were refreshing, cool, and a tighter unit. Black & White however, was getting old and filled with jobbers no one cared about except the select few at the top. In other words, Wyatt is the present who everyone is clamoring to see, while Cena is the old guard who should be phased out.


Embrace The Hate

– McBossman says “This Is Such Good Shit!”. A reference to Vince saying this line during creative meetings. Jon Moxley and others have mentioned it in interviews. Usually in a sarcastic way to insult him for enjoying ridiculous, and sometimes harmful ideas. According to Kevin Kelly, he’s apparently said some variation of it for over twenty years: Vince McMahon has apparently been saying some variation


– Much like how Kane provoked him in their 2012 feud, Cena snaps and finally embraces the hate. We see flashbacks as he pounds on Wyatt. What is interesting about these, is they all call back to times when he failed. In chronological order, it begins with the “If Cena Wins We Riot” sign from his loss to Rob Van Dam at ECW One Night Stand 2006; a significant time in his career when his polarizing reception took shape. From there, we see clips of his losses to Edge, Shawn Michaels, Batista, The Miz, CM Punk, The Rock, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns & The Undertaker. Is this foreshadowing the loss he is about to take?

“This WrestleMania match is going to accomplish what should have happened six years ago, ending the existence of the most over-hyped, overvalued, over-privileged, WWE Superstar in existence”. The Fiend holds up a mirror to John and turns his own words against him. After a Sister Abigail, there’s new meaning to the phrase “You Can’t See me”, as John Cena disappears entirely. Bray Wyatt is left to celebrate the fact that Abigail’s prophecy has finally been fulfilled after devouring Cena’s ego. With the above quote, was John reflecting thoughts about his own career on to Wyatt?


The Plan All Along?

What is interesting to me, is how strong The Fiend was against other Superstars pre-Goldberg. For example, he took countless curb stomps against Seth Rollins (the move which defeated Brock Lesnar at last year’s WrestleMania), yet he couldn’t withstand Goldberg’s spears? In the story, knowing that Cena was likely to return at WrestleMania, could it not be possible that The Fiend decided to lose on purpose? Just so he could lure Cena in to his trap? Notice how he didn’t have the same intensity toward Goldberg than his previous opponents; and there was no red light during their encounter. Also, he was super quick to leave Goldberg alone and never hinted at a rematch.


Because after all, devouring the career of John Cena at WrestleMania was a far more exciting prospect. And of course, he didn’t want a championship involved because this was about getting redemption. It’s a story in which Wyatt is the angel and Cena is the demon. He is the hero who slayed a monster, and losing the title was a means to reaching that goal. In the news, it was stated Wyatt was originally scheduled to beat Goldberg, but the decision changed late and he accepted it; probably because he knew he would get Cena at WrestleMania. Shortly after Super Showdown, he made the following post on Twitter.

Conclusion

This was always about laying a foundation for a story, and wrestling has always prospered when the storytelling is rich. Many claim to want the old days back, when characters were larger-than-life and they would shock us, make us feel things. Firefly Fun House is a throwback to those days, when the development of characters took precedence over the in-ring action. We never got a star rated ‘classic’, but what we got instead was infinitely more substantial and memorable.

And no, it remains unlikely Cena will turn heel and join the nWo. Wyatt and his Firefly Fun House may still not get over to the degree he and his fireflies would like. From where I’m sitting though, I’ve got to admire their courage to dare to try something different. It’s difficult to hit the mark with these things; as evidenced by some of Wyatt’s earlier attempts (remember his match with Orton?). However, what’s important is they could be on to something here. And if so? It could be the beginning of something special. Is the best yet to come? Or is this as good as it gets? For the next decade, we could all be locked in to a rollercoaster ride with Bray Wyatt’s madness as our conductor. Thanks for reading.

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