WWE celebrity Bray Wyatt grew to become the three-time world champion and at simply the age of 36 years previous, the younger star that was liked by many misplaced his life.
His demise has shocked the wrestling neighborhood as household, followers and associates mourn the lack of a legend that left a legacy on the planet of WWE.
Wyatt, whose actual title was Windham Rotunda, fought underneath a number of names together with Husky Harris, Alex Rotunda, Duke Rotundo and The Fiend.
The champion had been coping with an undisclosed well being drawback in latest months and had not competed since February.
WWE wrestler-turned-executive Triple H introduced Rotunda’s demise on Thursday (24 August).
“Simply obtained a name from WWE Corridor of Famer Mike Rotunda who knowledgeable us of the tragic information that our WWE member of the family for all times Windham Rotunda – additionally identified as Bray Wyatt – unexpectedly handed earlier right this moment,” he wrote on X. “Our ideas are together with his household and we ask that everybody respect their privateness presently.”
Tributes proceed to pour in, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson additionally sharing heartbreak over the lack of somebody he had “super respect” for.
“I’m heartbroken over the information of Bray Wyatt’s passing. All the time had super respect and love for him and the Rotunda household. Cherished his presence, promos, in ring work and reference to @wwe universe.
“Very distinctive, cool and uncommon character, which is difficult to create in our loopy world of professional wrestling. Nonetheless processing dropping the goat [greatest of all time] Terry Funk yesterday and now Bray right this moment. My love, gentle, energy & mana to the Rotunda household and Funk household throughout this powerful, heartbreaking time,” Dwayne wrote on X.
WWE icon John Cena, a former in-ring rival of Rotunda, additionally paid tribute and wrote on X: “Devastated by the information of the passing of Windham Rotunda. My coronary heart goes out to your entire Rotunda household. Windham introduced the best out of me in so some ways. I’m ceaselessly grateful for the moments we shared. A tragic day for all these he reached around the globe. RIP.”
His “uncommon” and much-loved character will probably be remembered by many. From the 2019 Common Championship Crown Jewel win to the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber – Wyatt left a real mark of energy, good character and agility throughout his WWE profession.
Listed below are a few of his best moments
The Wyatt Household’s WWE Debut
The Bray Wyatt character was born on an episode of “WWE NXT” that aired in 2012, but it surely took a while earlier than the wrestling world at massive would know his title.
Wyatt launched Luke Harper as his “first son” and Erick Rowan as his “second son” within the present. Harper and Rowan finally secured the NXT Tag Crew Championship, beating the inaugural champions ‘British Ambition.’
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than The Wyatt Household made its WWE primary roster debut with a memorable look on Monday Night time Uncooked. Let’s set the scene; it’s 2013, Wyatt enters embracing his evil cult chief character – a robust entrance as the group roars round him.
The Bray Wyatt character is unleashed as he makes his primary roster debut in WWE Uncooked. The Wyatt Household enter the principle roster as a villainous faction terrorising different WWE wrestlers, together with Kane, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and The Protect, amongst others.
The group separated in 2014 after Wyatt introduced that he was setting “Harper and Rowan free”. Consequently, Rowan would flip right into a heroic character and finally be a part of John Cena’s crew at Survivor Sequence, whereas Harper would stay villainous and facet with the Authority.
In 2015, The Wyatt Household reunited after a short feud between Harper and Rowan – this time although, Braun Stowman joined the steady.
In 2016, Randy Orton joined the group finally serving to them win the SmackDown Tag Crew Championship however Harper left not lengthy after this. The group would finally be disbanded for good in 2017 following a feud between Wyatt and Orton.
Bray Wyatt wins first WWE Title
Wyatt’s first and solely WWE Championship win got here on the 2017 Elimination Chamber premium reside occasion and is understood to be one in all his most memorable and iconic moments.
The Elimination Chamber roared as Wyatt slammed AJ Types within the ring. Wyatt countered Types’ ‘Phenomenal Forearm’ into his ‘Sister Abigail’ finisher to ascend to the highest of the mountain in WWE.
“Right here’s your winner and the brand new WWE champion, Bray Wyatt,” the announcer bellowed to a rapturous ovation.
“Within the soul-stealing construction identified as the Elimination Chamber, the Reaper of Souls, Bray Wyatt has gained his first WWE championship. The period of Wyatt is right here,” commentator Mauro Ranallo added.
The champion held his WWE belt in an iconic win that can all the time be remembered by his loyal followers however would ship him on a collision course with Randy Orton at that yr’s WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan vs Bray Wyatt, Royal Rumble 2014
“I don’t want you to struggle this warfare for me,” Wyatt shouted at Harper and Rowan as they tried to assist Wyatt in his struggle towards one other former Wyatt Member of the family, Daniel Bryan on the 2014 Royal Rumble.
Wyatt finally didn’t want any assist, as he defeated former WWE champion Bryan in one of many best matches of Wyatt’s profession.
The match obtained a 4-star score from the distinguished Wrestling Observer E-newsletter by Dave Meltzer and was the highest-rated singles match of his profession.
The Fiend makes his first entrance
The 2019 SummerSlam crowd was launched to a brand new facet of Wyatt as The Fiend made his debut with a haunting entrance and a totally new monstrous look and seemingly indestructible persona.
“The Fiend appeared to have stepped out of the collective inhabitants’s nightmares and into our actuality,” the WWE web site mentioned – and it was simply that.
A nightmare became a actuality as The Fiend feasted in an episode of Uncooked and attacked rival Finn Balor with Sister Abigail, re-establishing himself as a heel [villain].
Within the Fiend’s first match at SummerSlam, he shortly defeated Balor. Over the subsequent a number of weeks The Fiend attacked a number of WWE Corridor of Famers and legends together with Kurt Angle, Jerry Lawler, Kane, and Mick Foley, additionally adopting Foley’s ending manoeuvre, The Mandible Claw.
The Fiend then started a world feud with Common Champion Seth Rollins by attacking him on the Conflict of Champions.
Head-to-head with Rollins, The Fiend would finally beat Rollins on the Crown Jewel occasion in Saudi Arabia however not earlier than a Hell in a Cell match, which led to controversial vogue with a disqualification.
John Cena vs The Fiend
Two legends marked the stage, as The Fiend scored one of many greatest wins of his profession on Night time 2 of WrestleMania 36 defeating John Cena in a Firefly Enjoyable Home match.
The match itself is considerably tough to explain however in the course of the Covid lockdown period, it grew to become identified as a ‘cinematic match.’ The competition largely revolved across the two biking via well-known moments that appeared again at each of their careers.
Because the match went on, Wyatt channelled The Fiend and put Cena within the Mandible Claw.
He then made the three-count himself for the victory – making him the winner within the Firefly Enjoyable Home match and avenging a loss that Cena had given to Wyatt six years beforehand at WrestleMania 30.
Bray Wyatt returns at WWE Excessive Guidelines in 2022
After being surprisingly launched by the corporate in 2021, Wyatt made a spectacular return in October 2022 with just a few additional characters from his ‘Firefly Enjoyable Home’ kids’s TV presenter persona in tow.
This was teased with vignettes and clues all through WWE tv for months with a mysterious ‘white rabbit’ randomly showing with little to no context.
QR codes started showing on tv and the WWE web site sending the WWE Universe spiralling down a literal rabbit gap to seek out the id of this mysterious determine.
Revealed to be Wyatt, WWE mentioned it was probably the most “unsettling, unpredictable” however what he had in retailer for his followers will now ceaselessly stay a thriller.
Wyatt launched the mysterious Uncle Howdy character, which followers suspected was one other type of his id however was finally revealed to be a special individual fully. Nonetheless, Wyatt had only one televised match on this return run, towards LA Knight on the 2023 Royal Rumble. A deliberate match with Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania was cancelled together with his final ever look on WWE occurring on Smackdown on February seventeenth.