WWE Champion Bray Wyatt came before the WWE Universe to make it clear that he had given Randy Orton the “keys to the kingdom” after The Viper declared that he refused to challenge Wyatt for the title at WrestleMania as long as Wyatt was the master and he was the servant.
Well, it turned out that “keys to the kingdom” was a literal statement. The Reaper of Souls sent his “brother” on a mission to follow the buzzards toward The Wyatt Family Compound.
The WWE Champion, from within the ring, began to wax poetic about how new No. 1 Contender AJ Styles had no chance against him at WrestleMania and was simply a sacrificial lamb. However, The New Face of Fear’s world instantly changed when The Apex Predator suddenly appeared on the TitanTron to shock the WWE Universe.
Randy Orton burns down the Wyatt Family Compound: SmackDown LIVE
At first, it simply seemed as if Randy Orton had completed his master’s wishes of arriving at the hallowed ground of the Compound.
Randy Orton went on to explain that underneath the ground he was standing on was where Sister Abigail laid. Orton then proclaimed that he was going to burn the spirit of Sister Abigail to death and watch Bray burn with her.
The Viper then proclaimed that he would momentarily be the master and Bray the servant.
Randy Orton declared that he was coming for Wyatt and his WWE Championship at WrestleMania. The New Face of Fear was engulfed with rage, but not as engulfed as the Compound itself, which Orton lit with gasoline and then set Sister Abigail’s resting place ablaze.
With Randy Orton’s shocking betrayal comes many questions. The biggest now, however, is what becomes of the WWE Title Match picture now at WrestleMania?
Who will challenge WWE Champion Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania?
As another week passes on The Road to WrestleMania 33, the intrigue surrounding WWE Champion Bray Wyatt’s opponent at The Showcase of the Immortals grows only more intense.
Following an especially shocking turn of events on the Feb. 28 edition of SmackDown LIVE, it remains unclear who will officially challenge The Eater of Worlds for the WWE Title at WrestleMania — though both AJ Styles and Randy Randy Orton now lay claim to that position.
Styles defeated Luke Harper in a match that was meant to determine the No. 1 contender to SmackDown LIVE’s top title once and for all. Little did The Phenomenal One realize, however, that WWE’s Apex Predator was about to reinsert himself into the conversation by dropping a disturbing bombshell on Wyatt before the night’s end.
The New Face of Fear watched in horror as Orton not only revealed he was coming for Wyatt’s WWE Championship at WrestleMania (an opportunity he earned by winning the 2017 Royal Rumble Match), but also torched The Wyatt Family’s compound, symbolically burning Sister Abigail’s spirit in the process.
In light of The Viper’s declaration and unsettling actions, a whirlwind of questions emerges. How will Wyatt rebound from the devastating setback of Randy Orton snuffing out his source of power, Sister Abigail? Does Styles’ win supersede Orton’s championship pursuit, or is the Royal Rumble Match winner entitled to a one-on-one contest with Wyatt? Perhaps the waters have become so muddy that the only solution is for Team Blue’s powers-that-be to start anew.
Until SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon or General Manager Daniel Bryan signals a definite path, Bray Wyatt — and the entire WWE Universe — must continue to wonder.