Bray Wyatt has been polarizing in WWE over the last month.
While he has been slowly introducing his new character, many fans who prefer instant gratification have given knee jerk reactions because they are not willing to see how the story plays out.
When Wyatt created his Firefly Fun House, many fans complained online that he was nothing but a joke — a children’s show host. Others strangely called it a “pedophile” gimmick even though there was nothing there to even hint at that.
Of course, those fans could only see the shell of the new character and didn’t have the ability to see the depths that Wyatt was giving this new creation.
I hope you enjoy tonights special #FireFlyFunHouse
I have been dying to show you#SecretTime
— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) May 13, 2019
As this week’s Firefly Fun House episode showed, Bray Wyatt is far, far from a children’s show host and this might be the best horror gimmick WWE has created since Mankind in the ’90s.
This week, Bray Wyatt introduced fans to his new personality and it was very scary with a mask created by horror makeup artist legend Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead).
Many fans have compared this mask to the videogame Twisted Metal with others claiming to see a similarity to The Joker in Batman’s New 52 series of comics.
Here is another good look at the mask, courtesy of Tom Savini.
— Tom Savini (@THETomSavini) May 14, 2019
Tom Savini has worked with WWE before, creating Erick Rowan’s 2017 mask, Luke Harper’s mask he wore at WrestleMania 34, Kalisto’s ring gear at WrestleMania 33, and a number of props for Triple H.
The Firefly Funhouse is a joint collaboration by Bray Wyatt and Hollywood director Jason Barker.
“I directed the segments. I helped create the puppets over at Tom Savini studios,” Barker said on the Wrestling Reality podcast hosted by Justin LaBar.
He also said that he clearly wanted Bray Wyatt to be a monster when the vignettes were all said and done.
“All the monsters you see in real life, they look normal. If you looked at a picture of Ted Bundy and didn’t know that was Ted Bundy, you would probably think that looks like a nice guy,” Barker said. “I mean John Wayne Gacy was a pillar of his community. True monsters hide right out in the open.”
Barker also said that a lot of what fans are seeing in the videos comes from the demented and brilliant mind of Bray Wyatt.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work on films with Russell Crowe, and Tom Cruise and Will Smith and bunch of others,” Barker said. “[Bray’s] mindset for his character development is on par with those guys.”
There is no word yet on whether Bray Wyatt will be a Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live superstar, but expect his in-ring WWE return to come very soon.