SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bray Wyatt has tried to get inside the head of Randy Orton in the weeks leading to their showdown at WWE No Mercy, but it was the menacing mug of Luke Harper that rattled The Viper long enough for The Eater of Worlds to steal a win.

Mind games were appropriately each Superstar’s primary tactic at the opening bell, as Wyatt tried to unsettle The Viper, while Orton reminded The Eater of Worlds that he could hit an RKO at any moment.

Bray Wyatt reverses Randy Orton's RKO attempt: WWE No Mercy 2016

Randy Orton tries to hit Bray Wyatt with an RKO outta nowhere, but The Eater of Worlds sends The Viper tumbling. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Wyatt gained the upper hand, snapping the Apex Predator’s neck across the top rope before taking the fight to the arena floor. The Viper nearly connected with an RKO again, but Wyatt viciously tossed him over the announce table into the guardrail. Wyatt unleashed a torrent of punishment on Orton, leaving The Viper reeling.

Despite Wyatt’s best efforts, Orton turned the tables on The Eater of Worlds, stunning Wyatt with a series of clotheslines and a big powerslam on the monster. The bout spilled back out to ringside, where Wyatt put Orton on the steel ringsteps, only for the Apex Predator to evade a senton, leading Wyatt to crash back-first into the unforgiving steel.

No Mercy was Orton’s gameplan from that moment, as he slammed Wyatt into the guardrail spine-first, then connected with his draping DDT. But Orton’s fortunes took a turn for the worse right there, as the arena lights went out and a hooded figure entered the ring.

Luke Harper makes a shocking return to confront Randy Orton: WWE No Mercy 2016

Luke Harper makes a surprise return and comes face to face with Randy Orton at No Mercy. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

When the lights came back on, the hood was pulled down to reveal longtime Wyatt associate Luke Harper. Orton attempted to charge into the ropes and attack Harper, but ran into Wyatt, who drove The Viper into the canvas with Sister Abigail to earn the three-count.

With Harper back in the fold of his depraved flock and a victory over Orton under his belt, has Wyatt positioned himself to take over SmackDown LIVE?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bray Wyatt has tried to get inside the head of Randy Orton in the weeks leading to their showdown at WWE No Mercy, but it was the menacing mug of Luke Harper that rattled The Viper long enough for The Eater of Worlds to steal a win.

Mind games were appropriately each Superstar’s primary tactic at the opening bell, as Wyatt tried to unsettle The Viper, while Orton reminded The Eater of Worlds that he could hit an RKO at any moment.

Bray Wyatt reverses Randy Orton's RKO attempt: WWE No Mercy 2016

Randy Orton tries to hit Bray Wyatt with an RKO outta nowhere, but The Eater of Worlds sends The Viper tumbling. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Wyatt gained the upper hand, snapping the Apex Predator’s neck across the top rope before taking the fight to the arena floor. The Viper nearly connected with an RKO again, but Wyatt viciously tossed him over the announce table into the guardrail. Wyatt unleashed a torrent of punishment on Orton, leaving The Viper reeling.

Despite Wyatt’s best efforts, Orton turned the tables on The Eater of Worlds, stunning Wyatt with a series of clotheslines and a big powerslam on the monster. The bout spilled back out to ringside, where Wyatt put Orton on the steel ringsteps, only for the Apex Predator to evade a senton, leading Wyatt to crash back-first into the unforgiving steel.

No Mercy was Orton’s gameplan from that moment, as he slammed Wyatt into the guardrail spine-first, then connected with his draping DDT. But Orton’s fortunes took a turn for the worse right there, as the arena lights went out and a hooded figure entered the ring.

Luke Harper makes a shocking return to confront Randy Orton: WWE No Mercy 2016

Luke Harper makes a surprise return and comes face to face with Randy Orton at No Mercy. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

When the lights came back on, the hood was pulled down to reveal longtime Wyatt associate Luke Harper. Orton attempted to charge into the ropes and attack Harper, but ran into Wyatt, who drove The Viper into the canvas with Sister Abigail to earn the three-count.

With Harper back in the fold of his depraved flock and a victory over Orton under his belt, has Wyatt positioned himself to take over SmackDown LIVE?