Yesterday, the wrestling world learned of Bray Wyatt passing away. Instantly, tributes poured-in and tonight’s SmackDown has been changed.
Bray Wyatt Honored By WWE Family, SmackDown Plans
Pro wrestling is supposed to be about enjoying the entertainment, but there are real-life moments that supersede even WWE. Thursday evening, Triple H broke the news via social media that Bray Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, had passed away at 36 years old.
Shock and sadness poured in, with many sharing such memorable moments about the life of Wyatt. Seemingly, nobody had a negative word to say.
While there are countless tributes, here are just a few.
And, that is only part of the wrestling world chiming in. We would be here for days trying to collect all of the initial reactions.
Wyatt returned to WWE less than a year ago and only worked one match, where he defeated LA Knight at the Royal Rumble. He started a WrestleMania 39 program with Bobby Lashley, but it was dropped quickly as Bray Wyatt was sick.
He would never return to TV. In fact, he was just cleared to return and WWE seemed ready to put plans together.
His time away is being related to having COVID, which exacerbated an existing heart issue. As of now, the death is being treated as a heart attack.
Sadly, he leaves behind an ex-wife, fiancee and several children.
As for tonight’s SmackDown, WWE has apparently tossed out original plans where it would be like any other show. The show is rumored to have a tribute video and the entire company will be on the ramp to the open the show.
Typically, WWE does a ten bell salute to honor those who have fallen. While not confirmed, SmackDown might look similar to when Eddie Guerrero passed away.
There were no storylines. Instead, matches were booked in memory of the deceased.
Truly, a sad time for pro wrestling fans as Bray Wyatt seemed like a great person.