In fact, Bray's former employer had just 26 words to say about his exit: "WWE has come to terms on the release of Bray Wyatt," the company said in an announcement on Saturday, July 31. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Fans are now shaming the loss. "Bray Wyatt will go down in history as the most missed opportunity in WWE character development," one wrote on Twitter.
"I cannot believe WWE has decided to cut Bray Wyatt," another fan tweeted. " This is the most talented person WWE has ever had in a very long time. This makes me wonder if Bray would rather leave than be forced out.
Dave Metzler, a wrestling journalist for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter said that John Laurinaitis, a WWE exec, told Bray that budget cuts had caused the company to let him go.
Bray was born Windham Rotunda to Mike Rotunda, the son and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan, the wrestler. According to Sports Illustrated, he first entered the WWE ring in 2009 when he signed a developmental contract. He wrestled under the name Husky Harris initially, but in 2013, he took on the persona of Wyatt Family leader Bray Wyatt, spearheading a group that included Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman, and the late Luke Harper.
In 2019, Bray reinvented himself again, debuting a children's TV host character who eventually morphed into a demonic character called The Fiend. "The Fiend seemed to have stepped out of the collective population's nightmares and into our reality," WWE says on Bray's profile.
"In Wyatt’s dark recesses, he was always lurking. The Fiend terrorized every person in his sights since his appearance in July 2019. He even managed to capture the Universal Championship on two occasions against formidable opponents, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman."