‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt has given his first public comment since the former leader of The Wyatt Family was released from his WWE contract.
Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp first broke the news and noted that Wyatt was gone from the company after WWE posted a statement on Twitter. That tweet was hastily deleted but a new statement was then issued shortly thereafter that confirmed that WWE had come to terms on the release of the former WWE Champion
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has since reported that Wyatt was told his release was due to budget cuts. Several rounds of releases have taken place in 2021 with John Laurinaitis reportedly texting talent on the back of one such cull confirming they were made for budgetary reasons.
Bray Wyatt was last in action at WrestleMania 37 where, as The Fiend, he was defeated by Randy Orton following a shocking distraction by Alexa Bliss. The following night on Raw, Bliss appeared saying that she no longer needed Wyatt and has made no reference to him ever since. During the same episode of Raw, in a FireFly Funhouse segment, Wyatt himself said that it was time for a new start.
On Twitter, Wyatt has made his first public comment of any sort in a reply to the Insiders Pro Wrestling account that suggested that Wyatt’s last Raw promo foreshadowed his release. Bray Wyatt responded with a small red circle emoji. A red circle is used in Japan as an alternative to a tick or checkmark indicating that something is correct.
— Windham (@WWEBrayWyatt) August 1, 2021
Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda originally signed with WWE back in 2009. The third-generation star initially performed in FCW under the name Alex Rotundo, before being repackaged as Husky Harris.
As Husky Harris, Wyatt became part of NEXUS arriving on WWE’s main roster in October 2010. However, he returned to developmental early the following year. It was during this run that Rotunda was repackaged as Bray Wyatt and first formed The Wyatt Family.