In the 14 years of his wrestling career, Bray Wyatt was portrayed playing strong characters almost all the time. From being the leader of the ‘Wyatt Family’ to being ‘The Fiend,’ fans have created a similar image of his real-life personality too. However, this is not the case and Windham Rotunda is very different outside the WWE ring.
Bray Wyatt was a name in the list during the COVID-19 mass firings which caused a lot of murmurs amongst the audience. However, his return to the WWE Extreme Rules 2022 brought a wave of happiness among wrestling enthusiasts. The return also brought out a new side to his personality which the WWE Universe never witnessed earlier.
Amidst his WWE absence, Bray Wyatt confessed to having gone through a really tough time. “I lost a lot of things. I lost my career, I lost two people who were very, very close to me, and I lost my way. I got to a point where I thought that everything that Id’ ever done here otherwise I thought was all meaningless,” he said with a cracking voice.
He then went ahead to applaud the WWE Universe who had faith in him during the crucial time. Bray credited the fans for lighting in him the will to return back to the world of pro wrestling. The pain of being separated from his two dearest friends was clearly visible in his eyes. Who would have thought that one day they would get to see this side of ‘The Fiend.’
The two people whose loss caused a never-ending pain to Bray Wyatt
Back in October 2022, WWE’s backstage video presented the psychiatric reports that claimed Bray Wyatt had “difficulty showing remorse or empathy“. Leaving aside the storyline, it is quite evident that he is just like everyone else off the ring. On the contrary, Bray Wyatt lost two of his closest friends within a very short span of time which caused him a never-ending pain.
Bray Wyatt had been very close with his former tag team partner – Brodie Lee better known as Luke Harper by the WWE Universe. Before anyone could prepare themselves for the tragic news, he passed away on December 26, 2020, owing to a lung disease.
Bray Wyatt had already lost his job and Luke’s death made him numb to the core. The former 2 time WWE Universal Champion penned down a heart-wrenching note for his friend on Instagram and expressed his desire to sit next to him when it’s his time.
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Bray Wyatt’s opening up about his mental issues compelled Ryan Satin to ask him about the other loss he never recovered from. “I lost my best friend from college, Mark. It was something that I think I didn’t deal with very well,” said Bray Wyatt on the ‘Out of Character‘ podcast. The two unfortunate events put him in a dark hole of despair. Eventually, he gathered strength and walked his way back to WWE.