Windham Rotunda (Bray Wyatt) 1987-2023

In any industry, it’s rare to find someone who truly transforms the landscape. That person who challenges the status quo and revolutionizes the way things are done. In the world of professional wrestling, Bray Wyatt, whose real name is Windham Rotunda, was that person. His innovative thinking and incredible mind completely shifted the way people thought about the industry. Unfortunately, on the night of August 24th. The wrestling community was hit with a terrible shock when HHH tweeted that Bray Wyatt had passed away. Bray was only 36 years old and his fans in the wrestling community were eagerly anticipating his return. However, in a sudden moment, that hope was lost.

Bray, the once-feared world-devourer and commanding figure of the Wyatt family, took the wrestling community on an unforgettable journey with his captivating firefly funhouse. His innovative storylines transcended the typical wrestling narrative, challenging fans to delve deeper into his complex characters and themes. He truly earned his place as WWE’s equivalent of the renowned author Stephen King. Sean Sapp of Fightful Select Bray Wyatt died due to a heart attack brought on by Covid. 

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The Man Bray Was… 

The wrestling community is mourning the loss of the talented Bray Wyatt. Many of his peers have taken to social media to express their grief and share their fond memories of him. It is clear that Bray was not only a skilled wrestler but also a genuinely kind and compassionate person. According to those who knew him best, he possessed a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

It is with profound sorrow that we bid farewell to Bray Wyatt, a man who was deeply respected and cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him. Bray was born into a family of professional wrestlers, with his father being the legendary IRS and his grandfather, Blackjack Mulligan. He inherited a love for wrestling and was raised in the industry. Bray was a devoted family man, a loving husband and a proud father of four. His loss is felt deeply by all who knew him.

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Looking Back at Bray’s Journey in the WWE 

In 2010, Windham made his debut on WWE’s NXT as Husky Harris, mentored by Cody Rhodes. Later, on June 7th, he appeared on Raw as part of the faction Nexus. Husky and Nexus remained a dominant force until 2011. In 2012, Windham returned to the WWE main roster with a new persona. He became the leader of the Wyatt family and was known as “the eater of worlds”. The Wyatt family was a unique and powerful group in the world of WWE. They were one of the most dominant factions in the industry during their five years together. Once the Wyatt family had run its course Bray would team up with Matt Hardy and form a group known as the Deleters of the World. Bray and Matt would go on to become tag team champs together.

In 2019, Bray completely reinvented himself with a new character that shook up the wrestling world. The Fiend, a masked demon with a destructive streak, was introduced by Bray’s brilliant mind and became a force to be reckoned with. The Fiend and the FireFly Funhouse was a dominant force in WWE for two years until his release in July 2021. In 2022, WWE began showcasing white rabbit videos during their broadcasts, which sparked the interest of fans who were eager to solve the clues. Each clue led them to the Extreme Rules PPV event in Philadelphia, where Bray made his grand return. I was present that night and the excitement from the fans was palpable, as their cheers shook the entire building. After his return, Bray would start a feud with LA Knight. Bray’s last match ever was against LA Knight at the Royal Rumble this year. 

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Remembering Bray

It’s hard to express just how much of an impact Bray has had on the world of professional wrestling and the world at large. From my own personal experience, I can say that Bray was the reason my son became a fan of wrestling. Watching Bray Wyatt perform was always a magical experience for us, and when he returned at Extreme Rules in Philadelphia, my son was so overwhelmed with excitement that he cried tears of joy. Seeing my son’s happiness in that moment moved me to tears as well. It’s amazing how Bray had this unique ability to connect with people and make them feel and think in ways they never had before. The world of pro wrestling and the world overall became a little darker yesterday now that Windham Rotunda is no longer walking this earth. 

Joey Wood
Joey Wood

Joe Wood was born and raised in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. A dedicated father of 2, a boy and a girl. Who is a lifelong Philadelphia 4 for 4-er. Joe found a passion for Professional wrestling from a young age thanks to his father, who took him to live events. Currently, Joe is studying at Full Sail University to achieve his bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and media. Once completed, he hopes to be able to cover sports full-time.