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The Fiend’s Post-Feud Effect Wasn’t Originally Planned

Bray Wyatt Fiend Gimmick

• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 7, 2002) – WWF Monday Night RAW

On this day in 2002, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.

It was broadcasted from the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2002’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

– Rob Van Dam vs. Test

– Chuck & Billy vs. Albert & Scotty 2 Hotty

– Intercontinental Championship: Lance Storm vs. Edge

– Booker T & The Big Bossman vs. The Rock & Stone Cold Steve Austin

– Rikishi vs. Chris Jericho

– Tazz & Spike Dudley vs. The Dudley Boyz

– Wet T-Shirt Match: Terri vs. Trish Stratus

– Triple H’s RETURN!

• The Fiend’s Post-Feud Effect Wasn’t Originally Planned

As we have noted before, The Fiend has a post-feud effect on his opponents.

After The Fiend beat Finn Balor at SummerSlam 2019, Balor went back to NXT and turned.

Seth Rollins also returned to his old heel persona after losing to The Fiend and Daniel Bryan also changed back to his old persona after an attack by The Fiend.

A similar thing happened to The Miz, who showed signs of a heel turn on last week’s SmackDown.

According to Tom Colohue, this “post-feud effect” of The Fiend wasn’t originally planned. Also, the change in Miz’s persona might have something to do with John Morrison coming in:

“It started off pure coincidence but when it comes to this Miz heel turn, I think maybe the change was leaning towards [John] Morrison and it was planned, and you see several elements building to it.

But [Miz’s heel turn] was also a little bit sudden, so I think they’re leaning into what is happening with Bray Wyatt, as they did with KofiMania and like they did with the main event of WrestleMania 35. They saw the way the wind was blowing and they leaned into it.”

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