Not only did Bray Wyatt once wear a mask to the ring before he introduced us to The Fiend, but it happened before he had even become Bray Wyatt.
In a world where wrestling is probably about to be the best it has been for decades, our favorite thing about it right now is Bray Wyatt. More specifically, Bray Wyatt as The Fiend. It started with the intriguing Firefly Funhouse skits and has evolved into a terrifying gimmick that we can't get enough of.
Although it has been clear that Wyatt is something special for years, it has taken him a while to find something that truly fits. So far, it seems as if The Fiend is exactly that. Husky Harris definitely wasn't, and despite a few glimmers of hope, his regular Wyatt character simply didn't take for one reason or another.
A video brought to Twitter's attention by Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin, which you can check out below, suggests The Fiend has been on Wyatt's mind for a while. At FCW, when Wyatt was wrestling as Axel Mulligan, he came to the ring in a mask. Not just any mask, but a Slipknot-inspired mask. In case you didn't know, The Fiend's mask was designed and created by the same team who make Slipknot's masks.
Not only is Wyatt sporting a mask as he does now, but some of his mannerisms are even a little Fiend-like. The way he throws himself to the mat, and then grabs the official round the neck after the match only to let him go. It's as if he is fighting some inner demons, as he does with The Fiend right now who is constantly torn between hurting and healing.
It's entirely feasible that this idea has been in Wyatt's head for eight years, and he has been trying to figure out a way to use it on the main roster. To discover a way in which he could pitch the idea to Vince McMahon and the boss would say yes. If so, we are actually glad he waited to do so. So far, the whole angle has been perfect. It isn't being rushed as it might have been in the past, and we look forward to seeing where it is headed next.