World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has lost one of its most popular and creative performers with the untimely passing of Bray Wyatt at age 36.
Bray Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, died unexpectedly on August 25th, 2023 according to a statement posted on social media by WWE executive Paul “Triple H” Levesque. The cause of death was not immediately revealed, however there were rumors that Wyatt had been battling a serious illness.
“Just received a call from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda who informed us of the tragic news that our WWE family member for life Windham Rotunda – also known as Bray Wyatt – unexpectedly passed earlier today,” Levesque wrote “Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that everyone respect their privacy at this time.”
Bray Wyatt was a third generation wrestler, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan and father Mike Rotunda. After signing with WWE in 2009 and spending several years in its developmental system, Wyatt made his main roster debut in 2012 as the creepy cult leader of The Wyatt Family faction.
Sporting long dreadlocked hair and wearing butcher style aprons to the ring, Bray Wyatt captivated audiences with his eerie promos and unpredictable behavior. Along with his “brothers” Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, The Wyatt Family feuded with top stars including Kane, Daniel Bryan and The Shield.
Wyatt’s popularity continued to grow as a singles star after The Wyatt Family disbanded. He won the WWE Championship in 2017 after defeating Randy Orton at WrestleMania 33. Wyatt’s fiendish alter ego The Fiend emerged in 2019 and he would go on to win the Universal Championship twice.
However, Wyatt’s momentum would be derailed after unexpectedly losing to Orton at WrestleMania 37 last year. He was subsequently released by WWE in July 2021, a move that stunned many fans and industry insiders.
After more than a year away, Bray Wyatt returned to WWE earlier this year under the creative direction of Levesque. Cryptic vignettes teasing his comeback captivated audiences for weeks before Bray Wyatt reemerged at Extreme Rules in October 2022.
His return garnered WWE’s highest SmackDown viewership in over two years, proving Wyatt’s enduring popularity. Though he was not medically cleared to compete at WrestleMania 39 in April, Wyatt remained a focal point of WWE programming and there were plans for him to return to in-ring action this summer.
Throughout his WWE career, Wyatt earned a reputation as one of the company’s most creative minds. His character work and storytelling abilities made him stand out from the pack.
“One of the most…I mean this in the best way possible…crazy, creative people I’ve ever been around,” Levesque said in an interview last year. “His mind just never stops thinking of creative. But it’s like being in a whirlwind of stuff, so without the harness and without somebody to point the tornado, it’s just all over the place.”
WWE FOX Official Facebook Page Shared A Post by Writing:-
RIP to WWE family member Windham Rotunda – also known as Bray Wyatt – who unexpectedly passed earlier today.
Former WWE Wrestler Ric Flair also Shared his tribute to the legend by writing:-
When Your Great Friend And Someone Your Son’s Age Dies Within 2 Days, It Really Makes Me Reflect & Think About Life! Don’t Take Any Second For Granted! Rest In Peace Terry Funk & Bray Wyatt!
Wyatt’s sudden passing at just 36 years old is reminiscent of other WWE tragedies like Owen Hart and Eddie Guerrero. He leaves behind a complicated legacy as a performer who was beloved by fans but seemingly misunderstood at times by WWE management.
The wrestling world has lost one of its most unique talents far too soon. Wyatt’s body of work and his Fiend character will live on as some of the most memorable creations in WWE history.
Wyatt is survived by his two children, Knash and Hyrie, and their mother – his former partner and WWE announcer Jojo Offerman. The wrestling world offers its condolences to them as they mourn the loss of someone who, in and out of the ring, was a loving father and partner.
Note: We will update the post as soon as more information will get revealed.