At age 36, former WWE champion Bray Wyatt passed away.

Bray Wyatt, a professional wrestler regarded for having one of the most imaginative minds and pushing the envelope with unique characters, passed away on Thursday at the age of 36, WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque confirmed on social media.

With a hidden health issue, Wyatt, whose actual name was Windham Rotunda, had been absent from the WWE for a number of months. Except for just over a year between 2021 and 2022 when he was unexpectedly let go, he had been a member of WWE since 2009. Last September, Rotunda made a triumphant comeback to WWE with a suspenseful plotline that included cryptic vignettes, which helped increase television viewership.

Windham Rotunda, also known as Bray Wyatt, abruptly passed away earlier today, Levesque announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, in a call he had received from WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda. We ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this time as our thoughts are with them.

Rotunda came from a line of wrestlers. His father Mike achieved prominence in the WWE as Irwin R. Schyster and in other promotions as Michael Wallstreet or by using his true name. Barry Windham, Rotunda’s uncle, was a former wrestler who belonged to the illustrious Four Horsemen stable and was one of the most well-known athletes of the 1980s and early 1990s. Taylor, Rotunda’s brother, is a WWE wrestler who has previously gone by the ring name Bo Dallas.

JoJo Offerman, a former WWE ring announcer, was married to Windham Rotunda. They had two children together, and Rotunda also had two children from a prior union. He was a former WWE champion and two-time former WWE Universal champion.

Rotunda was introduced to Bray Wyatt, a crazy swampland cult leader who attracted followers with a diabolical appeal, after beginning in WWE’s developmental programme as the persona Husky Harris. In 2014, he and his Wyatt Family—Erick Rowan and the late Luke Harper, whose real name was Jonathan Huber—came to the WWE main roster to much hoopla. NXT is the WWE’s developmental brand.

At that time, Rotunda was regarded as one of the most talented actors on the cast, particularly when it comes to sharing a narrative aloud. He began employing the expression “follow the buzzards” and the song line “he’s got the whole world in his hands.” Fans would hold up their mobile lights during his entrances as his creepy music played, with the arena completely dark before he came with a lantern.

In 2019, Rotunda took on a new identity as the otherworldly figure The Fiend and disguised himself as a scary clown in a mask from a horror film. In kid-friendly skits titled Firefly Funhouse, Bray Wyatt continued to appear, but a sinister alter ego known as The Fiend wrestled in his stead. For the most part, Rotunda came up with these complex, original concepts by himself. Due to its near invulnerability in the ring, The Fiend was polarising as a character, but it was an imaginative leap and one of the most intriguing things on WWE television at the time.

After being dismissed from WWE in 2021, Rotunda made a comeback in 2018 as the former Bray Wyatt, a decent guy who was rumoured to be plagued by former monsters like The Fiend and Uncle Howdy. When Rotunda stopped appearing on television in February because to health problems, the plot was still being developed.

He and the Rotunda family have my undying respect and love, said Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Thursday in an X post. Loved his presence, his in-ring work, his promos, and his connection to the WWE community. Character that is very uncommon, cool, and difficult to produce in the wild world of professional wrestling.

‘The Rock and Triple H are among the biggest names in professional wrestling to pay tribute to Bray Wyatt in “Goodbye, Windham.’

Paul Levesque, nicknamed Triple H, the chief content officer and head of creative for WWE, shocked the professional wrestling community by announcing that Bray Wyatt had passed away on Thursday at the age of 36.

Third-generation professional wrestler Wyatt Rotunda, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, carried on the wrestling traditions of his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan, father Mike Rotunda, and two uncles Barry and Kendall Windham. Bo Dallas, who spent some time working for WWE, is now involved with All Elite Wrestling.

With his “The Fiend” persona, Wyatt was regarded as one of the most creative storytellers in the annals of professional wrestling, keeping audiences on the edge. He has great success with WWE, winning the WWE Universal Championship twice.

WWE sent out a commemorative tweet when Triple H posted the news.

Superstars from every campaign expressed their admiration for Wyatt on social media in the wake of the announcement. The Rock and Mick Foley provided their individual opinions on what made Wyatt special in the world of sports entertainment in particular.

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