Randy Orton Discusses Infamous Bray Wyatt Feud – “Some Of That Was Rough”

Bray Wyatt on fire with mandible claw on Randy Orton

Randy Orton has conceded that his lengthy and frequently bewildering feud with ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt was not always smooth sailing.

Orton and Bray Wyatt’s months-long feud, which lasted from the end of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, divided fans in arenas and around the world.

During the feud, Orton experienced a variety of paranormal events, including coughing up black ooze, being hit by a fireball from Alexa Bliss, and nearly being flattened by a lighting rig backstage as a result of Bliss’ apparent supernatural abilities. In late 2020, Orton exacted improbable revenge in a pro wrestling feud as he set The Fiend on fire during an Inferno Match at TLC.

During an appearance on The Ringer Wrestling Show, Orton reflected on his time competing against Wyatt. The Viper admitted that going with the flow and performing as the script demanded wasn’t always easy, citing his astonishingly quick recovery from “serious burns” as a particular stumbling block:

“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.”

Orton went on to say that there was no point in complaining, so he leaned into the saga as hard as he could in order to make it work and entertain the audience. As a result, he learned to “roll with the punches” and improve as a performer:

“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….’ [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.”

The feud reached a climax at WrestleMania 37 when Randy Orton and The Fiend Bray Wyatt clashed once more on night two of the spectacular. During the match, Alexa Bliss, who was watching from the sidelines, was covered in black ooze from a crown she was wearing. This created a distraction, allowing Orton to win with an RKO.

This turned out to be Wyatt’s final match for WWE as he did not compete again before he was surprisingly released by the company in July 2021.

H/T to Fightful for the transcription