Windham Rotunda, or as we know him, Bray Wyatt has been released by WWE. This report has been confirmed by WWE itself and comes as a shock to many of us.
Wyatt has been off television since the Raw after Wrestlemania. There were a lot of rumors and speculations regarding his absence from television. Some sources said he was kept off TV due to creative reasons and some said due to medical reasons. Whatever the reason is, he is no longer with WWE.
Bray Wyatt’s career
- Bray Wyatt debuted on the main roster as the leader of the Wyatt Family. It was a successful run as fans really got behind them but WWE did not see them as big stars and they were mostly used as fodder against the likes of the Rock and John Cena.
- He won the WWE Championship in 2017 in the Elimination Chamber. But his run was really short lived as he served mostly as a transitional champion for Randy Orton and later, Jinder Mahal. He struggled in the mid-lower card for a few years and feuding with the likes of Matt Hardy and Finn Balor but his career was stalling.
- He debuted his Fiend gimmick in the summer of 2019 which was highly acclaimed. His run as the Fiend however has been marred with bad bookings. The funky red lights during his matches, the horrendous 2019 HIAC match (you know the one) and most importantly his crucial loss to Goldberg in Saudi Arabia.
- In spite of these setbacks he did his best to preserve his character with the Firefly Funhouse segments and his brilliant Funhouse match against John Cena at Wrestlemania 36. He won the Universal championship twice as the Fiend and lost both of them unceremoniously to Goldberg and Roman Reigns respectively.
- He last feuded with Randy Orton which ended in a disappointing loss for Bray at WM37. His gimmick has been reused in a watered-down manner with Bliss currently. She clearly lacks the life Wyatt brought to the character and the creative mindset he brought.
What’s next for Wyatt?
Well, no one knows. He could join AEW and have amazing feuds with the likes of Malakai Black or Darby Allen. But we need to wait for his 90 days non-compete clause to expire to see what happens.
At the time of writing, all of the original Wyatt Family members are no longer with the company.