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Windham Rotunda, aka Bray Wyatt, a former WWE champion, has died at the age of 36

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Wyatt, actual name Windham Rotunda, has been out of commission for several months owing to what is believed to be a life-threatening disease.

Bray Wyatt, a former WWE champion, passed away at the age of 36, according to Chief Content Officer Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque’s social media posts. Wyatt, whose original name was Windham Rotunda, was removed from WWE TV in February and has been MIA ever since, reportedly suffering from a serious illness. Recent sources stated that he was nearing his in-ring return before his tragic death.

In 2010, Rotunda joined the main roster as a member of the ‘The Nexus’ stable under the ring name ‘Husky Harris’ after joining the promotion in 2009 as a developmental prospect. However, Wyatt’s career didn’t really take off until he released The Wyatt Family in 2014 alongside Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Before leaving the company in 2021, he would carry the “Bray Wyatt” character by giving it additional depth by introducing a sinister alter ego known as “The Fiend.” During this time, Rotunda won two WWE championships and competed in major WrestleMania matchups against The Undertaker, John Cena, and Randy Orton.

Rotunda’s debut as The Wyatt family won him over with the fans right away. The gimmick was regarded as the ‘next Undertaker’ because of his dark and twisted character, which was a breath of fresh air. He would enter the arena holding a lantern as the lights went out, to the sound of ominous music. A skill that very few wrestlers have mastered, he coined the catchphrases “Follow the Buzzards” and “He’s got the whole world in his hands,” which really demonstrated his capacity to influence the behaviour of the crowd. Rotunda introduced “The Fiend,” a spooky figure donning a horror mask, in 2019. Even when a more relaxed “Bray Wyatt” presented the family-friendly farce known as The Firefly funhouse, The Fiend emerged as one of WWE TV’s most divisive characters.

In 2022, Rotunda returned to the organisation after a year away to considerable enthusiasm from the people, and in his second performance after his comeback, he addressed the WWE crowd in an emotional manner. He kept a few matches on hand because the angle suggested that he was being plagued by the enigmatic “Uncle Howdy.” But when Rotunda vanished, the plot came to a sudden stop, and a match between him and Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 39 was called off. Around the same time, rumours began to circulate that he had been diagnosed with a terrible disease. He hadn’t done anything for the previous six months when the awful news was revealed.

Rotunda was a third-generation wrestler from a family with a strong history in wrestling. He was regarded as one of the most inventive and creative brains in professional wrestling. While his Hall of Fame father Mike was a well-known personality in the 1990s as Irwin R Schyster, his grandfather Robert Windham wrestled as “Blackjack Mulligan” in the 1980s. Even Barry and Kendall Windham, his uncles, were all wrestlers. From 2008 to 2021, his brother Taylor Michael Rotunda, also known as Bo Dallas, worked for the WWE. Rotunda leaves behind his wife Jojo Offerman, a former ring announcer for the WWE, and their two children. He was formerly married to Samantha Rotunda from 2012 to 2017. They had two children together.

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