On Saturday, July 31, WWE took to Twitter to announce that wrestler Bray Wyatt had been released from the company.

The news left many wrestling fans shocked as Wyatt has been one of the most prominent WWE stars over the past decade. He faced the likes of John Cena, The Undertaker and Randy Orton in the ring in his prime years in the business.

While WWE announced Bray’s release on Twitter, the tweet did not delve into the reasons behind the decision.

Reason behind Bray Wyatt’s exit revealed

A report in the Wrestling Observer reveals that the 34-year-old was told that his release was due to budget cuts. The decision came at a time when the former world champion had been preparing for his return to WWE in August.

Fans last saw Wyatt in action at WrestleMania 37, where he was defeated by Randy Orton after being distracted by Alexa Bliss.

Bray, whose full name is Windham Lawrence Rotunda, originally signed with WWE in 2009. He initially performed in FCW under the name Alex Rotundo, before renaming himself, Husky Harris. He then went on to become a part of the NEXUS and his accomplishments there led him to WWE’s main roster in October 2010.

Following his early success in the company, the wrestler renamed himself, Bray Wyatt.

Wyatt’s exit is a shock to many, but he isn’t the only one. Many of his fellow wrestlers have also been shown the door since last year. Erick Rowan, who enjoyed moderate success with the company, was released in 2020. Kalisto was another wrestler who was released at the same time, as were Samoa Joe, Mickie James and Chelsea Green among others. 

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Fans react to wrestler’s release

Naturally, fans were very disappointed to see Wyatt gone. Many took to Twitter to express their disappointment and frustration at the WWE for their latest decision.

WWE star’s career explored

Many WWE fans might already know that Bray is a third-generation professional wrestler. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan and father Mike Rotunda. Two of his uncles, Barry and Kendall Windham were wrestlers too, as is his younger brother Taylor Rotunda.

The wrestler became highly popular after rebranding himself as Bray Wyatt, the villainous cult leader of The Wyatt Family. As Bray, he went on to become a three-time world champion in WWE. He also won the SmackDown Tag Team Championship with Luke Harper and Randy Orton, and the same title on RAW with Matt Hardy.

Wyatt took a hiatus in August 2018 and returned eight months later, and his new gimmick saw him pose as a children’s entertainer. He also began hosting a show called Firefly Fun House. The entertainer also debuted his popular alter-ego The Fiend soon after his comeback.

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