Randy Orton Slated For WWE Hiatus After Wrestlemania 37?
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Randy Orton Slated For WWE Hiatus After Wrestlemania 37?

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A number of match outcomes did end up shocking the WWE Universe and one of those appeared to be Randy Orton vs The Fiend Bray Wyatt. In the opening contest of Night Two of the bygone PPV event, the two clashed over an unavoidable bout that ended in favor of WWE’s Viper. The match was never supposed to have him as the winner in the first place, though.

The finish of this match was reportedly changed sometime over the weekend, making Randy Orton the winner. It was noted that people involved in the creative part of the match were never given an endgame at any point, except for the fact that the fourteen-time World Heavyweight Champion was set to get written off WWE TV for “a good period of time,” per Fightful Select.

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A “surprise finish” was reportedly pitched over the weekend in which WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, and Senior Vice President Bruce Prichard, were instrumental. They’re the final decision-makers who pulled the plug in order to hand over The Fiend his second pinfall loss in a singles encounter.

No Firefly Funhouse match coming for Randy Orton & The Fiend

WWE officials seemed happy about the way the finish played out, but there are wrestlers within WWE who are confused about the whole angle. This storyline was originally supposed to put over The Fiend in a big way using Randy Orton. His absence following the loss would have also made sense. But nothing like that happened and all WWE would have to do is to rebuild the demonic character from the scratch. There’s no plan of a Firefly Funhouse rematch, at this point,

“There was never a plan in order for a Firefly Funhouse, and beyond that, many of those associated with the angle were never given an endgame at any point prior to the weekend, outside of the fact that it would write Orton off of television for a good period of time as originally planned.”

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Since Bray Wyatt didn’t defeat Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37, the latter didn’t leave WWE programming, either, as expected. He bragged about the Mania win to enter a Triple Threat Number-one Contender’s Match on Raw also featuring Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre, who eventually won the match to receive a title rematch against Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania Backlash PPV.

As for The Fiend, he would resurface in the future when the WWE creative will need him. For now, Wyatt will give a proxy for him via Firefly Funhouse. There’s no update on whether his angle with Alexa Bliss is over after the WrestleMania betrayal.