• “I had a very hard time trying to make that real” – Randy Orton On Inferno Match With The Fiend
During a recent interview on The Ringer Wrestling Show, WWE Legend Randy Orton talked about his 2020/2021 feud with “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and the difficulties he faced in that feud.
At TLC 2020, Orton burned The Fiend during their Firefly Inferno Match.
The Fiend then returned in 2021 and they faced off in a normal match at WrestleMania 37, where Orton won again after a distraction from Alexa Bliss. A few months later, Wyatt was released from WWE.
Here’s what Orton said about the difficulties he faced in this storyline:
“Rolling with the punches is something that I realized, more recently than not, if I just accept that I’m out of control of some of these situations and I’m talking about the business right now, if I just take what they give me and do it to the best of my ability…
I was doing Fiend stuff a year ago. That was hard. Some of that was rough. They put me in the burn mask one week and the next week I’m out of it and my skin healed. It’s tough.
Then you go to, who you would imagine you go to when you have a gripe, and go, ‘Hey, I can’t do this. Aren’t they gonna….’ [does a Vince McMahon impression], ‘Just do it. It’s going to work.’ ‘Okay.’ Roll with the punches.
You go out there and do your best job. Even though I’m lighting a dead guy on fire and he’s the babyface…I had a very hard time trying to make that real, but I feel like I did a good enough job to where even though it was a little cringe-worthy for some people, because I really tried to believe I was going through this, I think it helped people buy into it a little bit more while we were suspending that reality and trying to make them believe like they would if they were watching the most recent Halloween movie.
They want to believe and be entertained so, the more I can accept that and make it real and make it something that I’m feeling and not just words that some 22-year-old writer wrote on paper for me, if I believe it and make it mine, I can get them to believe. That’s what kind of changed with my promos.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 26, 1997) – WWF Superstars
On this day in 1997, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 13: Final Four’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
4 way match: Farooq & Crush vs. Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon vs. Henry & Phinneas Godwinn vs. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith
Ahmed Johnson vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley