How "The Fiend" mask came to life.
Bray Wyatt has been the talk of the wrestling world over the last couple of months, first with his debut as the host of the children's show Firefly Fun House and then with the introduction of "The Fiend." It all culminated at WWE SummerSlam when "The Fiend" made his in-ring debut, making quick work of Finn Balor.
"The Fiend" is already one of the most popular WWE characters with his theme song doing well on the iTunes charts and his merchandise moving quickly. Wyatt's alter ego is defined by his mask, which was created by Tom Savini Studios. Jason Baker, who Savini credits as supervisor of the construction of the mask, spoke to GameSpot about the creation of the mask and the studios' relationship with WWE.
"[Tom Savini Studios has] been working with the WWE for almost ten years now," Baker said. "We have a great relationship with them. We coordinate with the wrestlers to find out what they want, so we spend a lot of time on the phone with them. Firefly Funhouse has consumed my life. I don't want it to sound like I'm complaining though. I've had a blast working on it. It's like a dream come true."
Baker continued, "It's all Bray's brainchild. He had these ideas, and we did some concept art, but it wasn't really hitting home with Bray. So he got a really, really good sketch artist named Kyle Scarborough, out of St Louis, to do some concept art for him. Those sketches were awesome, and we took those and brought them to life. They're good blueprints, but we put our own stamp on the mask as well. It comes down to sculpting, logistics, and comfort. If the guy's going to wear this while beating the living piss out of people, he should be able to see out of it and make sure it's strapped to his head."
While Baker wouldn't reveal the big picture plan for Wyatt and the character, he implored WWE fans to keep watching.
"If they think this is the greatest thing to ever happen, they just need to keep watching. It's going to blow them away."
Bray Wyatt is set to be a big part of the upcoming WWE 2K20 game with "The Fiend" being announced as a playable character. You can find more information on the Originals: Bump In The Night pack by clicking here.