"The Firefly Fun House isn't real Bray…none of us are" – 4 Storyline directions for John Cena vs Bray Wyatt
It would appear that WWE is attempting to tell the story that Bray Wyatt‘s WrestleMania 30 defeat “broke” the former eater of worlds. This loss would be so devastating that Bray Wyatt would eventually undergo a radical transformation as The Firefly Fun House and The Fiend would eventually manifest itself in WWE.
But, could WWE go deeper with this fascinating story? Is there a much larger story at play here? Here are 4 potential storyline directions that WWE could go in for John Cena vs The Fiend at WrestleMania.
- Bray Wyatt is losing control of The Fiend.
“The Fiend is like a shark that smells blood. He has your scent John. He’s locked into a frenzy. The only thing that will make the voices stop is your destruction. Your demise will be his salvation. Please John, I beg of you. Let me in…before it’s too late. For the both of us…”
The Fiend and the Firefly Fun House version of Bray Wyatt have been kept relatively separate since they duo were introduced to the WWE Universe in 2019. Bray Wyatt has referred to his dark persona as “him” on most occasions, and on the whole, seems to be relatively afraid of The Fiend. Perhaps the upcoming WrestleMania showdown with John Cena is too much for Bray Wyatt. We don’t know much about the relationship between Wyatt and The Fiend, but it would appear that this dark manifestation of Wyatt’s subconscious is loosely controlled by the former Universal Champion.
Well, what happens if Bray Wyatt can no longer control The Fiend? Perhaps The Fiend’s bloodlust for revenge and redemption after Wyatt’s WrestleMania 30 defeat to John Cena can no longer be contained. It would be fascinating for WWE to tell a story whereby Bray Wyatt loses control of the ability to be either The Fiend or Bray Wyatt. With the lines blurred between these two alter egos, we could see a more violent, out of control Fiend emerge and The Firefly Funhouse version of Bray Wyatt locked away forever. Bray Wyatt could therefore begin to plead with John Cena, as the only way for him to once again gain control of his fractured psyche is by brutalizing the former 16-time World Champion at WrestleMania.
2. The Fiend lost to Goldberg on purpose. Sacrificing the Universal Championship.
“Why do you think he stood up and ran away immediately after we lost the Universal Championship? Because he had to make a choice. Give away his prized possession, or finally become whole once again and find peace. That’s all I have ever wanted. All he’s ever needed. Perhaps if we find peace, we can stop running away.”
The WWE Universe was stunned when Goldberg defeated The Fiend for the WWE Universal Championship in a matter of minutes at WWE Super Showdown in February. Many questioned why such a dominant character could lose so decisively to a 53 year old Goldberg in just over 3 minutes. Well, perhaps Bray Wyatt’s WrestleMania feud with John Cena could be the answer to that question.
After Goldberg defeated The Fiend at Super Showdown, The Fiend would immediately rise to his feet. After staring down the new Universal Champion briefly, a seemingly refreshed Fiend would once again run away into the darkness. Perhaps this was all part of Bray Wyatt’s plan. It had been announced weeks in advance that John Cena would be returning to Smackdown the following Friday on Smackdown. WWE could tell the story that Bray Wyatt knew the only way to face John Cena would be without the Universal Championship.
Therefore, to avenge his WrestleMania 30 loss that sent Bray Wyatt’s mind into the tailspin that would become the Firefly Fun House, The Fiend had to ultimately choose between giving away his prized possession, or finally become whole and find peace. Therefore, The Fiend sacrificed his WWE Universal Championship to get his chance at redemption against John Cena at WrestleMania.
3. The Firefly Fun House isn’t real.
Ramblin Rabbit: “Woah Bray, why are you so sad? We’re here to help you. After all, none of this is real. We’re just imaginary, a fiction of your imagination.
Bray Wyatt: “…what?”
Sister Abi: “Yes Bray, you’re currently sat in empty room alone right now. Can’t you see? Open your eyes. You’ve spent so long letting us in and letting him in. But, to defeat John Cena at WrestleMania, you have to let yourself out.”
The shot changes to a close up on Bray Wyatt’s face. Bray Wyatt opens his eyes and is in a dark room with a spotlight on him. He stands up, stares at his hands. Only this time, the gloves say “HURT” on the left hand and “CENA” on the right hand.
Wyatt begins to laugh manically as the shot fades to black.
There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the Firefly Fun House. Where is it? What is it? What is it’s real purpose. Perhaps the Bray Wyatt vs John Cena WrestleMania feud can answer all of these questions. On Smackdown Bray Wyatt referenced that his WrestleMania 30 loss to John Cena broke him. The loss was so devastating that the voices in his head got so loud that he had to finally let them in. Once did so, they created a Fun House for him.
This could be the biggest clue to the location and purpose of The Fire Fly Fun House. It’s all a figment of Bray Wyatt’s imagination. Since his initial loss to John Cena at WrestleMania 30 Bray Wyatt was on a slow descent into madness. So much so that he locked himself away in a fictional “Fun House” with fictional puppets that are just constructs of his warped imagination. Whenever The Fiend has appeared since then, it’s just the cracks in Bray Wyatt’s mind finally starting to show. The Fiend is an indication of Wyatt beginning to relocate back to reality. The trigger for Bray waking back up? The man who sent him crazy in the first place, John Cena.
The swerve that anything that has happened in the Fire Fly Fun House to date was not real would be gripping television. The reveal of Bray Wyatt sitting alone in an empty room, realising that The Fun House isn’t real and is all in his head would be a story that WWE hasn’t done before. It would certainly be a twist that is WrestleMania worthy.
4. All of Bray Wyatt’s personas appear (Split).
“It’s been so long that I don’t even know who I am anymore John. That’s all because of you, what you did to me. What you did to all of us. They’re all in there somewhere. I don’t know when or how they were created but they’re always there. Some are stronger than others, some are more benevolent than others. But, some…some I try to hide away but I can’t. Some of them scare even me. It’s all your fault. At WrestleMania The Fiend will punish you for what you turned all of us into. But, in the meantime, there’s a lot of other people who would like to talk to you”
Ok, hear me out. Bray Wyatt or Windham Rotunda specifically has had numerous “personas” throughout his professional wrestling career. Perhaps Bray Wyatt is just the tip of the iceberg. WWE could potentially go in a similar direction of the 2016 film ‘Split’.
The film centres on a character Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder (DID). Throughout the film Kevin goes in and out of 23 separate identities/characters. Could Bray Wyatt be the same in WWE? Think of all the different versions of Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) we have seen throughout WWE history:
- Bray Wyatt (The Firefly Fun House)
- The Fiend
- Bray Wyatt (The Eater of Worlds)
- Sister Abigail (feud with Finn Balor in 2017)
- Husky Harris (NXT/WWE in 2010/2011)
- Axel Mulligan (FCW)
We have spoken at length here about what possibly the Fire Fly Fun House could actually mean and the relationship between this fun-loving Bray Wyatt and The Fiend himself. Could we actually be looking at the scenario whereby The Fiend and the sweater wearing Bray Wyatt are just two of multiple personalities that Bray Wyatt has in his subconscious? What better way to play a character whose mind was fractured by his loss to John Cena at WrestleMania 30 than show that the damage of the loss to his mind was FAR worse than we could ever believe. The WWE has implied that Bray Wyatt is a complex, and at times unhinged, madman. Could it just be the tip of the iceberg?