Alexa Bliss, Sister Abigail: A great horror story for October

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Is Alexa Bliss Sister Abigail? Whatever is happening to her is terrifying. It’s a slow-motion horror story that makes you tune in each week just to see what will happen next.

Alexa Bliss is slowing turning into a follower of Bray Wyatt’s The Fiend. Ever since she was used as to lure Braun Strowman during his match against Bray Wyatt Match, Alexa has slowly begun to morph into something different.

If viewers are to understand Bray Wyatt’s cracked mind, then what Strowman saw wasn’t exactly Alexa Bliss, but someone posing as her to lure him into whatever trap Wyatt had set for him. Considering the time they spent together in the Mixed Tag Challenge as “Little Big,” using her likeness is a good trap. However, the likeness of her at Extreme Rules, and the actual person should be kept separate.

It’s only when The Fiend attacks Bliss after Nikki Cross loses the Women’s Championship title match against Bayley.

Alexa Bliss: The facial expressions tell the story

Alexa Bliss has done an excellent job in telling the story of her transformation in very little action, but in her face.  In the Ju1y 31 episode, Bliss’s face is one of fear, confusion. She’s scared to move once the lights go down and turn red upon the arrival of The Fiend. She takes on the role of the proverbial girl running in the woods from the monster who trips and falls, knowing it’s right behind her and she’s doomed.

On the Aug. 7th episode, when the Fiend confronts her again and attempts to apply the mandible claw on her, she stops him and rubs his face. She looked more intrigued than before.  She’s still scared, but it’s different:

This observation is supported in the Aug. 14th episode when she is interviewed about her encounters with The Fiend. Her face looks drained.  This is her “new normal” – dealing with the fact she was attacked by The Fiend while addressing her connection to Braun.

When asked about being around The Fiend she says, “It’s scary, and terrifying, but it’s also compelling. And once you’ve interacted with him it’s almost like you can just…feel his presence.”

She added she understood the phrase “Moth to a Flame”. This was an interesting phrase to connect to as well, knowing that moths are attracted to light. Still, her face is very blank. She’s talking, but you can see no real emotion. She’s just going through the motions to get the interview done.

But wait, there’s more! It’s the final question about Strowman expressing how he doesn’t care nothing about Bliss that we see her response: Hurt. Her eyes look away from the interviewer as if she’s fighting back tears. This is where the turn began.

Before the night was done, Strowman used her to lure out The Fiend, with both sharing a sadistic laugh in the end.  After a brief absence on the Aug. 21 episode of SD Live Bliss returns in pigtails on the Aug. 28 episode acting normal, from hugging Nikki Cross and Tamina Snuka, to reflecting on the mug she gave Cross a year ago. The only difference is that she’s now also braiding her hair in a way that Bray Wyatt does. When Cross confronts her about it, she stares off and then switches to a more aggressive posture, smashing the mug.

The hair is more braided and one of Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Funhouse characters can be seen in the background of the Sept. 4 episode when Bliss apologized to Cross.  The gradual staring off into nothing is seen again on Talking Smack Sept. 5 when interviewed by Xavier Woods.

The turn is almost complete

During the Sept. 11th episode of SD Live Bliss hits Cross with the Sister Abigail and shocks the WWE Universe. It’s the first time fans see a physical response to her facial expressions. This comes during the Fatal Four-Way to determine the No. 1 contender for the Women’s title against Bayley. Shen then walks back up the ramp staring up into the stands, leaving Cross to fend for herself.

Again, it’s all in the eyes. She looks as if she’s wondering if The Fiend is watching her. It’s a very odd look – one that looks for the approval of a person. It’s like she’s trying to prove herself worthy.  She does another Sister Abigail this past week on SDLive against Lacey Evans, but this time the episode was triggered by the mention of The Fiend. This look was a more defined trance-like state. You could tell something was different.  Like the week prior, she was looking around above her, as if she could feel someone watching her:

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The question remains: Is Alexa Bliss Sister Abigail? While we know in the Wyatt storyline he spoke of her often, there’s nothing that proves she is. We’re all casual observers assuming this is the way ahead. What if Alexa is turning into someone completely different? What if she is the true monster of the story? What if Strowman is being used to bring the monster out of her?

October is almost here, and this is going to be one heck of a ghost story.