As a wrestling and horror fan, it’s no surprise Corey Taylor is an admirer of The Fiend.
Bray Wyatt’s sinister alter ego has taken the world of WWE by storm over the past year, and the Slipknot frontman loves the look and feel of the former Universal Champion.
Corey and Bray even share a deeper connection, as the horror movie props and makeup effects legend Tom Savini’s team worked on The Fiend’s mask and also helped craft Slipknot’s image for 2019 album We Are Not Your Kind.
Reflecting on Wyatt’s creepy split personality character – which includes a children’s TV entertainer hosting the unnerving Firefly Fun House segments – Corey exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I love the way they built it.
‘Doing the Firefly Fun House and the juxtaposition between that character and The Fiend, the way they gelled, you could tell it was Bray being very creative in a situation where sometimes that creativity is stifled.
‘This was so refreshing to see that, and for him to really kind of wear that on his sleeve and throw it out there. He’s got one of the coolest minds in the game right now, and the fact that they’ve really let him explore it is very important!
‘That mask is f***ing dope, very cool! One of these days I’ll swap with him. He’ll wear one of mine to the ring and I’ll wear The Fiend one on stage. It’d be f***ing dope!’
Corey – who will be releasing his debut solo album CMFT next month – acknowledged his most recent Slipknot mask wasn’t universally loved by fans, but it was exactly what he was looking for from working with one of his heroes.
‘I know a lot of people – the mask that I brought out, they weren’t expecting it to be that way. But that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted something to be striking, and really kind of make people talk,’ he said.
‘That whole experience – when you get into this business, you never think you’ll be able do things that will take you back to your childhood. It’s very few and far between where you actually feel something that feels like a touchstone.
‘I can remember watching his work as a kid and seeing him in documentaries, and knowing his name before I even realised who he was.’
Corey is a lifelong fan of wrestling, having grown up watching the likes of AWA, NWA and early WWE in the 1980s, as well as old World Class Championship Wrestling re-runs.
It’s not been a big shock, then, to see the rock star get involved over the years, including more recently having his songs blare out on NXT and pay-per-views.
He’d love to do more too, and there were even talks about four years ago about the idea of working with Wyatt to create something truly special.
‘I’m such a massive Bray fan, and he’s a massive Slipknot fan, so we talked about doing something,’ he explained.
‘We couldn’t get it together, and at the time we were so focused on working on the demos for We Are Not Your Kind, we just couldn’t get it together in time.’
However, there is still hope, even if it’s not something the rest of the band could get on board with if or when an offer came in.
‘It’s just one of those things where if the right opportunity came up I would absolutely do it,’ he excitedly said.
‘Even if it wasn’t Slipknot thing, I would write it myself. Just go in and f*ing make something super gnarly!’
Corey will be hoping one day he can write theme music for Bray – or another WWE superstar – as it would give him the dream opportunity of standing on a WrestleMania stage in front of the world.
‘Oh my God, dude. If I had a Mania moment, I would lose my st man,’ he laughed. ‘That would be rad!’
*Corey Taylor’s debut solo album CMFT drops on October 2, and new single HWY 666 was released this week.
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