Matt Hardy has discussed what it was like at Bray Wyatt’s funeral while also crediting AEW’s boss Tony Khan for a very kind gesture.
There was sad news on August 24th when the world learned that former WWE & Universal Champion Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda) passed away at the age of 36. Wyatt had a bad case of COVID-19, thought it was in the past and then it led to a heart issue. Sadly, he suffered cardiac arrest while sleeping and passed away at home.
Many people in pro wrestling were affected by it due to Wyatt’s role as a top star in WWE for nearly a decade.
Matt Hardy, who now works for AEW, was a former Raw Tag Team Champion with Wyatt. They held the Raw Tag Team Titles in April 2018 at the Greatest Royal Rumble event and held the gold for 80 days. Their team name was known as the Deleters of Worlds. Bray and Matt also had a rivalry in WWE.
Bray Wyatt’s funeral was attended by Matt Hardy along with many WWE and AEW wrestlers
The funeral of Bray Wyatt took place this past Wednesday with Matt Hardy talking about going to the funeral service while seeing a lot of wrestlers. On his Extreme Life with Matt Hardy podcast, Matt spoke about the funeral.
“We (Matt and Rebecca) got up and we ended up going to the service. I’m so happy we’re able to make it. It was postponed because of the hurricane stuff a little later, but I was really, really happy we got to make it, and man, it was tough.”
“It was sad. It was strange. It was weird. My heart is shattered for his family. Some of them spoke and I can’t imagine the grief that they’re going through. It’s just so hard to understand how someone 36 years old dies, you know, someone that you know and who you assumed was very, very healthy. It’s just hard to understand.”
“I feel like it would be easier if it was more understandable in some ways. He leaves behind four kids, two very, very young, which is just heartbreaking as well, especially having four kids myself, I just can’t even imagine because the younger ones, I’m sure they don’t comprehend it and how they’re going to be affected by it as they get older. All that is just so heartbreaking.”
“One of the weirdest things is that there were several AEW guys that attended the service, but just like almost the whole WWE was there and it was so crazy to see everybody, like, this gathering and to get everybody in one room and to like, exchange pleasantries with everybody. It’s just so sad that we were like, reunited, everybody in those circumstances. It was very, very weird.”
“But it was an important moment to let him know, as not only my friend, but someone I worked with, and my tag team partner, someone I really, really liked a lot, someone I had lots and lots of love for to be there and let him know I was there for his ceremony, that when he passed away and just to honor him and celebrate his life. That’s what it was all about today.”
“There was a massive turnout for this which really speaks volumes about Windham’s character and how much he was loved. So yeah, it was nice. It’s just unfortunate that it was those circumstances.”
Matt Hardy also revealed that AEW’s Owner, CEO & GM Tony Khan took care of the AEW talent that attended the funeral service by flying them from where the funeral was in Tampa and brought them to Dynamite in Indianapolis on Wednesday night.
“Also a big shout out to Tony (Khan). He took care of everybody really good. He sent a jet down there and carried all the AEW talents up to TV in Indianapolis, and I was very grateful for that and definitely appreciated him. Once again, just showing how good hearted of a human being he is. He really made it work out so that everyone that wanted to attend could attend.”