Bray Wyatt made his first in-person appearance on WWE television since August on tonight’s episode of Raw.
Wyatt appeared shortly after Samoa Joe quickly defeated Finn Balor in a singles match. Joe attacked Balor immediately following his victory, but Balor was able to escape Joe’s clutches and fend off the attack. Balor landed a Coup de Grâce on Joe, who then rolled out of the ring.
Shortly after Joe’s victory, Balor’s music came to a halt and the lights cut out in the arena. The sounds of a scuffle could be heard in the darkness, and when the lights came back up, they revealed Wyatt in his horrifying “Fiend” mask with a limp Balor in position for Sister Abigail. The former WWE Champion planted his foe into the mat and the lights went out again.
Wyatt gave the WWE Universe the first look of his new persona on the April 22 episode of Raw via the debut episode of Firefly Fun House. Gone were the ominous messages, sinister stares and promises of suffering and despair. Instead, Wyatt graciously welcomed his fireflies, declaring that everyone could feel safe in his home and introducing the WWE Universe to his new friends: Mercy the Buzzard, Abby the Witch, Rambling Rabbit and Huskus the Pig Boy.
The new-look Wyatt seemed to retain some of his more unsettling characteristics, as evidenced by his willingness to take a chainsaw to a cardboard cutout of his former self and his selection of “sociopath” as the word of the day.
After airing Firefly Fun House on WWE television for weeks, new episodes stopped airing after the June 17 edition of Raw. WWE kept Wyatt relevant in the ensuing weeks by placing Firefly Fun House characters in the background of backstage scenes.