With The Undertaker retiring at WrestleMania 33, the mantle for “spooky magic evil dude” is apparently falling on Bray Wyatt. Rather than having a gimmick of being an actual dead guy, Wyatt is more of a Bayou voodoo man. So when the WWE announced that Wyatt would fight Randy Orton in a “House of Horrors” match at Payback, no one really knew what that meant.
It turns out the whole thing was kind of ridiculous.
If you watched Payback, you already know what happened, but in case you didn’t, here’s a recap.
Orton takes a limo to some unknown location. Presumably the driver set his GPS though, because the limo arrives at some spooky house, which we can only assume is Wyatt’s West Coast summer home (Payback was in California, remember).
First things first — a haunted tractor. Yes, a haunted tractor that apparently reverses on its own to reveal a house bathed in black light. This is already ridiculous.
Orton makes his way inside the house to find a horror movie cliche of weird looking baby dolls hanging all over the place, plus strange cries that sound like they are coming from a child. As The Viper attempts to figure out what it all means, he is attacked by Wyatt and beaten with an old-fashioned stroller. Yes, those are real words I just typed about a real thing that happened.
The fight then moved into the kitchen, where Wyatt resorted to attacking Orton with a steel pot before crushing him a dirty old refrigerator, which we all know is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to pro wrestling matches. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So Wyatt commandeers Orton’s limo, gets a ride back to the SAP Center in San Jose, and comes down to the ring to celebrate his apparent victory. Except some of that voodoo wrestling magic must have rubbed off on Orton, because he magically appears behind the gloating Wyatt and attacks him.
Anyway, the whole match was basically pointless, because the Singh brothers ruined the end by attacking Orton, allowing Wyatt to hit his finisher and win the match. Which was a non-title match, so what the hell did we just watch?