Windham Rotunda, the professional wrestler better known as Bray Wyatt, died unexpectedly on Thursday at the age of 36. WWE, the company for which he wrestled for 12 years, confirmed his death in a statement.
Rotunda was a third-generation wrestler, following in the footsteps of his father, Mike Rotunda, and grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan. He made his WWE debut in 2009 and quickly rose through the ranks, winning the NXT Championship in 2010. He later adopted the persona of Bray Wyatt, a cult leader who led a group of followers known as The Wyatt Family.
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Wyatt became one of WWE’s most popular wrestlers, winning the WWE Championship twice and the Universal Championship once. He was also a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Erick Rowan.
Wyatt had been inactive in WWE since February 2022 due to an undisclosed health issue. He was released from his contract with the company in July 2022.
Bray Wyatt’s Ability to Connect with Fans
WWE said in its statement that Rotunda was “a beloved member of the WWE family and one of the most creative minds to ever step foot in a ring.” The company said it would “continue to keep his memory alive.”
Rotunda is survived by his wife, Samantha Rotunda, and their three children.
Wyatt’s Impact on WWE
Wyatt was a unique and innovative wrestler who helped to change the landscape of WWE. His characters were both sinister and charismatic, and he was able to connect with fans on a deep level. He was also a gifted promo and ring worker, and he helped to elevate many other wrestlers during his time in WWE.
Wyatt’s death is a major loss for WWE and for the wrestling world as a whole. He was a true original who will be remembered for his creativity, his charisma, and his impact on the industry.
Tributes to Wyatt
Many wrestlers and celebrities have paid tribute to Wyatt on social media. WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley said that Wyatt was “one of the most unique and creative talents in WWE history.” Former WWE Champion Randy Orton said that Wyatt was “a true artist” and “one of the most gifted performers I’ve ever shared a ring with.”
Wyatt’s family has also released a statement, saying that they are “devastated” by his death. They said that he was “a loving husband and father” and that he “will be deeply missed.”
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Wyatt’s death is a sad day for the wrestling world. He was a gifted performer who will be remembered for his creativity and his impact on the industry.