Tragic Passing of WWE Champion Bray Wyatt at 36 Leaves Wrestling World in Mourning.
In a heartbreaking turn of events, the wrestling community is mourning the sudden loss of Bray Wyatt, a three-time WWE world champion, who passed away at the age of 36. Although Wyatt had been battling undisclosed health issues that had kept him away from the ring since February, his passing came as a shock to his family.
The announcement of his death was made by Triple H, WWE’s content officer, who shared the news on social media, describing Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, as having “unexpectedly passed.”
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. Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that everyone respect their…
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 24, 2023
Tributes poured in from fellow wrestlers and fans alike, with Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as The Rock, expressing his grief. Johnson took to social media to share that he was “heartbroken” and had always held “tremendous respect and love” for Bray Wyatt. He commended Wyatt’s uniqueness and his ability to create a strong connection with the WWE universe, emphasizing how rare such a character is in the world of pro wrestling.
Im heartbroken over the news of Bray Wyatt’s passing. Always had tremendous respect and love for him and the Rotunda family. Loved his presence, promos, in ring work and connection with @wwe universe.
Very unique, cool and rare character, which is hard to create in our crazy… pic.twitter.com/i9zlbJIOL3
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 24, 2023
Mick Foley, a WWE commentator, also expressed his admiration for Bray Wyatt’s unique and captivating presence in the wrestling world. He referred to Wyatt as a true visionary who had left an indelible mark on the wrestling landscape.
RIP BRAY WYATT. This is awful news, just terribly sad for his family, friends and fans. I thought so highly of Bray Wyatt, and was so flattered when he started using the mandible claw for his finisher. He was a true visionary; one of the most compelling presences that wrestling… pic.twitter.com/gSuDQ1Z12I
— Mick Foley (@foleyispod) August 25, 2023
Wyatt hailed from a wrestling family, with his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan, father Mike Rotunda, and younger brother Bo Dallas all having their own wrestling legacies. Mike Rotunda, wrestling under the moniker IRS due to his role as a tax collector, was a well-known figure in the industry.
Born on May 23, 1987, in Brooksville, Florida, Wyatt was a high school state wrestling champion and even earned a football scholarship to Troy University. However, he decided to pursue a career in professional wrestling, making his debut in 2009 under various names like Husky Harris, Alex Rotunda, Duke Rotundo, and The Fiend.
As Bray Wyatt, he captivated audiences as the leader of the villainous cult faction called The Wyatt Family, alongside members like Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman, and the late Luke Harper (Brodie Lee).
After a hiatus, Wyatt made a remarkable comeback at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view event in October, introducing a new version of his character. Despite battling health issues, he was on the brink of returning to WWE before his untimely passing.
Wyatt’s struggles extended beyond the ring as he opened up about his mental health challenges last year, revealing the toll his career and personal losses had taken on him. Despite these difficulties, he had a significant impact on the wrestling world, and his legacy will continue to be felt by fans and fellow wrestlers alike.
The wrestling community is united in grief as they remember the talented and unique individual who left an indelible mark on the world of professional wrestling.