WWE TLC 2020: What on earth is a Firefly Inferno Match?

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Bray Wyatt will be involved in another bizarre stipulation match at WWE TLC 2020.

Leave it up to Vince McMahon to invent new stipulations on the fly to keep us all guessing, in lieu of actually creating a compelling three-hour product that naturally provokes our inquisitive minds. This Sunday at WWE TLC 2020, we will have a Firefly Inferno Match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. The match stipulation was added on Thursday morning and not on the episode of Raw in which Wyatt and Orton played hide-and-go-seek.

Wyatt is no stranger to wacky stipulation matches. His Firefly Funhouse match with John Cena at WrestleMania 36 was acclaimed, but it was not like any match we’ve seen. It wasn’t even a match, so much as a skit open to (over)analysis. (Could that be what we’re in store for this Sunday with this new stipulation bout?)

And then this summer, Wyatt had a Swamp Fight with Braun Strowman, which set off a chain of events that brought back the Fiend, turned Braun Strowman heel, and led to Alexa Bliss joining the Fiend.

So what will the Firefly Inferno Match bring? What kind of chaos can we expect from a match stipulation title with the word “Inferno” in it? When I think of that word in a wrestling contest, I think of a table engorged in flames, which will be interesting because Orton generally doesn’t like to go for these kinds of physically risky matches.

How about “Firefly”? Is that just the word Vince throws in for every match with Wyatt so it feels more special than a “regular” Inferno Match? Or is that a hint to an aspect of the match?

Given how disorganized WWE seems to be of late, I wonder if they even know. But it won’t matter, because Wyatt will know and will pull off another captivating match, much like he did at ‘Mania 36 with Cena.

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I’m curious to see how Orton does and what he brings to the table. He’s not known for being half as creative as Cena, but he’s had a great run in 2020 and already destroyed our expectations with the even more ludicrous “Greatest Match Ever” stipulation. So even though he’s been in the business for such a long time, Orton can still prove a lot with his performance at WWE TLC 2020 this Sunday. And I think that’s doubly so if this ends up being a cinematic match.