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Bray Wyatt released by WWE

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Yowie wowie.

This morning (Sat., July 31), WWE tweeted their standard release statement about former WWE and Universal champion Bray Wyatt. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before it was screen captured by several wrestling fans. Then, the company sent it again:

Wyatt’s last appearance on WWE television came on the Raw after WrestleMania 37. His Fiend character was defeated by Randy Orton at the Showcase of the Immortals after Alexa Bliss turned on him in a surprising and controversial bit of booking. He showed up the next night in his children’s show host persona teasing a “rebirth”, but never returned. Rumors swirled about why he was absent, and Wyatt (real name Windham Rotunda) was quiet on social media. Just this week a fan photo of Wyatt circulated online.

With Bray’s release, everyone who worked in The Wyatt Family gimmick is no longer with the company. Fans saw big things for both that incarnation of his character and the Firefly Fun House/Fiend version, but despite some championship runs, it never quite seemed like WWE knew what to do with Wyatt and his ideas.

Now we’ll find out if anyone else does, if Windham will join his brother Taylor (fka Bo Dallas) in focusing on life after wrestling.