Shortly after the shocking, tragic death of Windham “Bray Wyatt” Rotunda in August, we learned that WWE would be sending net proceeds from the sale of Wyatt merchandise to the four young children he left behind. That effort continued with the launch of “The Bray Wyatt Legacy Collection” last month.
In one of his first interviews since the death of his eldest son, Mike Rotunda told Wrasslin’ Talk’s Mayro McCall more about what WWE’s done for Bray’s children and their whole family:
“I have to give WWE credit. They’ve done awesome helping our family out with a lot of different stuff. They put Windham on a legends contract and all the proceeds go to…Windham has four children...
“They’ve come out with a collection of memorabilia and shirts. I think they have more in the works. You can go on WWE Shop and get all his stuff. Windham was one of the top merchandise selling guys they had for quite a while. This is really going to help because fans buy stuff and I’m sure they have more stuff planned down the road. They put out a huge line of shirts. I’m not sure of all of what they’ve come out with and are doing, but people can search his name, and that would really help the kids because they’re not going to have their dad anymore. We’re trying to set trusts up for them and have them taken care of.
“It’s greatly appreciated by us and WWE has been more than gracious in the stuff they’ve tried to help with. It’s appreciated by our family.”
Mike, a second generation wrestler himself who fans mostly remember as WWE’s Irwin R. Schyster, also spoke a bit about how the family is dealing with Windham’s death. It’s a tough listen, as the emotions are understandably very raw:
“It’s been really hard. We miss him every day. Growing up in the business, you always book stuff during the week because you’re going to be wrestling on the weekends and TV. Windham and JoJo [Offerman, Wyatt’s fiancee and the mother of his two youngest children] were supposed to get married yesterday [JoJo revealed in an Instagram Story earlier this month that they were planning to get married on Dec. 7]. We miss Windham horribly, every day. Windham was the first one and we would bring him on the road at six months old. They would come with me and stay on the road, wherever I was wrestling, and it’s so hard to wake up out of this nightmare and he’s still not there...
“He was a jolly fellow. He loved to laugh, he was loud. He was always laughing and he lit up a room. He lit up the wrestling business. People come up to me and have a story with Windham, they say he took the time to sit there and bullshit with me for ten or fifteen minutes when he’s supposed to be signing autographs. So many people come up and support him by wearing his stuff, and they have a story about him. He was that kind of person. We miss him badly.
“He made people feel good about themselves, which is a gift. It’s hard. I don’t think we’re ever going to get over this. It’s very hard.”
You can buy Wyatt merch and do a little to help his family at WWE Shop here.
H/t: Fightful for transcription