Bray Wyatt’s time in WWE has been beset by prolonged absences and uncertainty over his future and since he returned to the company in late 2022, nothing has changed.
Wyatt morphed into The Fiend character late in his first run in WWE and while he found initial success as the horrifying character, things soon fell away and the star ended up released from his contract months after his WrestleMania 37 match with Randy Orton.
Speaking on his Story Time with Dutch Mantell podcast, the wrestling veteran took issue with Bray Wyatt’s WWE character over the years and says he never drew any money in the company as The Fiend:
“As soon as he got finished doing the interview, you’d look at your friend sitting there and say, ‘What did he say?’ Because you don’t remember anything he says of substance. He was doing I guess the stuff that was in the back of Bray’s head that didn’t make any sense, except to Bray. Then when they got The Fiend, here’s The Fiend, who could beat him? Nobody could beat him.”
“I never saw the purpose of it. He never drew any money. He may have sold some merchandise but if he’s gonna sell merchandise, just keep him down your the card and don’t try to push him until your main event because I don’t think he’s gonna sell any tickets.”
Mantell continued by saying that he believes Bray Wyatt really wants to be a writer and suggests that the star doesn’t even understand the wrestling business fully:
“This is what I think happened to Bray. I think he wants to be a writer. He wants to be a creator so badly and I think they gave him carte blanche that he had full control over it and he had a special writer…
“Going back to Bray, I think what has happened to him, it just didn’t get over. Period. I don’t think he even understands the wrestling business himself. When The Wyatt Family used to go out and do this long detailed drawn out interview, he never really acknowledged the rest of them really, I don’t think.”
Bray Wyatt remains off WWE television for the time being after having only one televised match in the company since he returned in October 2022.