“WWE has come to terms on the release of Bray Wyatt. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors,” WWE wrote.
According to F4WOnline, Wyatt was told by John Laurinaitis that his departure was due to budget cuts. PWInsider has provided some new details, noting that John Lauirinaitis said it was nothing that Bray had done to cause his departure.
The reaction within the company was described as “stunned” considering how well Wyatt had been for merchandise sales in recent years. “The Fiend” was especially successful with t-shirt and action figure sales.
Wyatt first signed with WWE back in 2009. Along with The Wyatt Family and “The Fiend” stories, Wyatt was a one-time WWE Champion and two-time WWE Universal Champion.
Former on-screen partner Alexa Bliss has taken to Twitter to thank Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, for his contributions to both the company and her personally.
“I really am at a loss for words,” Bliss wrote. “Thank you so much Windham for everything you’ve done for this company. The most fun I’ve had is working with you. Such an amazing talent & the most kind person. I’m just in shock.”
Bliss made her Twitter account private shortly after the tweet.
Bliss had been linked to Wyatt on WWE TV since last summer, when she made a cameo as Sister Abigail in Wyatt’s cinematic match with Braun Strowman at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. From there, Bliss would have a complete makeover, ditching her traditional ring gear for attire inspired by The Fiend. While Wyatt was off television selling her loss to Randy Orton from TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, Bliss appeared on RAW weekly, taunting Orton and attempting to ‘resurrect’ The Fiend. Bliss would accompany The Fiend at WrestleMania, but would turn on him and cost him the match.
As expected, as seen below the wrestling world is reacting to Bray Wyatt’s WWE release:
Brother I’m waiting!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7UOA8N8XgT
— Adam Scherr (@Adamscherr99) July 31, 2021
I think what you meant to say was: “Thank you so much for coming up with such an incredible gimmick(time & time again)one so cool & over, we really didn’t know how to book it right. So we just gave it to someone else so we can still make ALL the money off of it & let you go”🤷🏻♀️ 🤯 https://t.co/rWVtbxOioA
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) July 31, 2021
— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) July 31, 2021
Mind. Blown. Excited to see him thrive in whatever he does next https://t.co/pNrhBdNalz
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) July 31, 2021
U inspired me… @WWEBrayWyatt
— Just Different (@swerveconfident) July 31, 2021
— The Big Guy Ryback (@Ryback) July 31, 2021
WWE Releases Bray Wyatt