Former WWE champion Bray Wyatt dies at 36.

Windham Rotunda, also known as WWE wrestler Bray Wyatt, has died at age 36. He had been inactive over the last several months in WWE while dealing with an undisclosed health issue. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Windham Rotunda, also known as WWE wrestler Bray Wyatt, has died at age 36. He had been inactive over the last several months in WWE while dealing with an undisclosed health issue. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Rotunda family has a long history in wrestling. His father, Mike, rose to prominence in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring under the ring name Irwin R. Schyster. Mike also competed in other promotions using either his real name or the moniker Michael Wallstreet. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Rotunda’s uncle Barry Windham was one of the most well-known and respected wrestlers in the industry. He was also a former member of the illustrious Four Horsemen stable. Taylor, who is Rotunda’s brother, is also a wrestler for WWE and has previously competed under the ring name Bo Dallas.

JoJo Offerman, a former ring announcer for WWE, was married to Windham Rotunda at one point. Additionally, Rotunda had two children from a previous marriage, so the total number of children she had was four. He had previously held the titles of WWE champion and WWE Universal champion on two separate occasions.

After beginning his career in WWE’s developmental programme as the character Husky Harris, Rotunda eventually joined forces with Bray Wyatt, the psychotic head of a swampland cult who attracted followers with his sinister charisma. After gaining popularity in WWE’s developmental brand NXT along with his Wyatt Family members Erick Rowan and the late Luke Harper (whose real name was Jonathan Huber), Bray Wyatt made his debut on the main roster of WWE in 2014 to a great deal of acclaim.
At that time, Rotunda had a reputation for being one of the most talented performers on the roster, particularly when it comes to conveying a story while performing in front of an audience. He started saying “follow the buzzards” and sang the song with the lyrics “he’s got the whole world in his hands.” During his entrances, the arena would be in complete darkness until he would enter with a lantern. As his scary music played, supporters would hold up their mobile lights to illuminate the arena.

In 2019, Rotunda recast himself as the otherworldly figure The Fiend, wearing a horror movie mask that was a horrific imitation of a clown’s face. Specifically, the mask resembled Pennywise the Clown. Even though Bray Wyatt continued to exist, his dark alter ego, The Fiend, was the one who wrestled in the kid-friendly skits that were called Firefly Funhouse. In most cases, Rotunda was the one who was responsible for coming up with these complex and imaginative concepts. The Fiend was a character that was divisive owing to the fact that it was nearly invulnerable in the ring, but it was an innovative step forward and one of the most exciting things that could be seen on WWE television at the time.

After being let go from his role as the good guy character Bray Wyatt in 2021, Rotunda made his comeback to WWE in the previous year. It was rumoured that the character was being haunted by old villains like as The Fiend and Uncle Howdy. When Rotunda suddenly stopped appearing on television in February owing to health concerns, the plot was still in the process of unfolding.

“Always had tremendous respect and love for him and the Rotunda family,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted on Thursday on X.com. “Loved everything about his presence, including his promos, his in-ring work, and his relationship with the WWE community. In the wild world of professional wrestling, it is difficult to devise characters who are original, interesting, and unique.