Samoa Joe shares his feelings after the passing of Bray Wyatt.
Bray Wyatt – the real-life Windham Rotunda – tragically passed away at the age of just 36 following a heart attack on August 24th. The wrestling world was united in grief for the star who had only returned to WWE in October 2022.
Wyatt only competed in one match following his WWE return but it seemed he had been set for a return to the ring in September after battling health issues for several months.
Speaking to the New York Post, AEW star Samoa Joe shared his own thoughts on Windham Rotunda and noted his loyalty and commitment to his friends as he paid tribute to him:
“I really think the thing that you will find universally with Windham was he was the type of person, when he walked in a room, it instantly brightened up. Once you’re his brother, you’re his brother for life and he’ll show up for whatever you need him to show up for. If you called and said, ‘I need you down here,’ lo and behold, a couple hours later you’ll see him pulling up in the driveway.
“And just the family itself, between Mike and Bo and his sister Mika they were all very involved in the business at certain points and time. Everybody has a tremendous amount of respect and love for them. I think if anything, the hurt was felt a little bit extra deep because of how many people were connected to both Windham and his family. To see him gone now, it just doesn’t seem real. I miss him every day.”
Did Bray Wyatt & Samoa Joe ever wrestle?
Wyatt and Joe never had a one-on-one bout in WWE but shared the ring several times, although only three of those bouts were shown on television. The two men teamed up in May 2017 to defeat Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins on Monday Night Raw. One week later Joe won a triple threat match against Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor and Wyatt, Jow, Balor, Reigns, and Rollins were then involved in a five-way match at Extreme Rules on the 4th of June.
That Extreme Rules five-way match was to find the number one contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship with Samoa Joe coming out on top.