WWE Announces Release of Bray Wyatt, Latest in String of High-Profile Stars Dropped

by Thad Mitchell

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) continues purging the talent from its roster with Bray Wyatt the latest victim of the cutdown.

Bray Wyatt, whose real name is Windham Rotunda, has been with the WWE for 12 years before getting his walking papers. Wyatt is a three-time world champion in the WWE and was very popular among the organization’s huge fan base. Wyatt comes from a wrestling family and his father was a wrestling star in the 1990s, wrestling as Irwin R. Schyster, or IRS, as he was better known.

The WWE made the move official by announcing it on social media on Saturday. The move comes as a mild shock to wrestling fans who thought Wyatt would soon be making a comeback. Wyatt lost his final WWE match to Randy Orton earlier this year at Wrestlemania 37.

“WWE has come to terms on the release of Bray Wyatt,” the company says in a tweet. “We wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”

Windham Rotunda got his first crack in the WWE big time as “Husky Harris,” a member of the Nexus wrestling stable. He would later be rebranded into Bray Wyatt and became a headliner in the world of professional wrestling. He began as a Hawaiian shirt-wearing cult leader who would come to the ring with his “brothers” known as The Wyatt Family.

Bray Wyatt’s entrance was pretty cool and a big reason why he was so popular with the fans. All of the lights inside the arena would be turned off and the Wyatt Family would also enter the ring in pitch black. Bray would use a lantern to guide him and his troops to the ring.

He would often bring a rocking chair to ringside and watch WWE matches while rocking back and forth in the chair. Wyatt was excellent when a microphone was placed in his hands and he played the “heel” as good as anyone could. Despite being a “heel,” or bad guy, Wyatt was well-liked by WWE fans.

A few years later, Bray Wyatt went through another rebranding for WWE. His new gimmick saw him hosting a strange children’s show called the “Firefly Funhouse.” During this time he also portrayed “The Fiend” when not in the funhouse. The Fiend would attack his opponent in the ring after first shutting off the lights in the arena. A shimmering red light would come over the arena before the fiend came out and attacked. It was a very popular gimmick with wrestling fans.

The WWE release of Wyatt has been met with strong criticism from wrestling fans who did not want to see him go. Several fans lashed out at the company on social media to express their displeasure with the move.

“Are you kidding me?” one fan says on Twitter. “I am officially done with WWE.”

Only time will tell where Bray Wyatt will spring up next.