By Joshua Waddles
31 July 2021
In a shocking move, WWE announced on its Twitter account today that the company has come to terms with the release of Bray Wyatt. Wyatt has not appeared on TV since his match against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37. His long absence has sparked theories that he might have been taking a sabbatical to grieve for his close friend and former faction partner, John Huber, also known as Luke Harper or Brodie Lee in AEW.
Wyatt’s release is the latest (and most surprising) in a long string of unexpected releases. Previously, WWE built up the return of Aleister Black (now know as Malaki Black with AEW) with a series of vignettes only to release him shortly after his return to the WWE on May 21. The circumstances and timing of the release certainly made it seem like a last-minute decision, although fans had speculated on Black’s possible release for several months.
The release of Braun Strowman, on the other hand, came as a total surprise.
For his own part, Wyatt might have teased a possible release with one of his famous cryptic tweets. On July 15, Jesse Kage showed a logo designed by Kyle A. Scarbrough, a tattoo artist and designer at Blackmass Clothing, which he had designed for the Kult of Windham brand. Windham is Bray Wyatt’s last name. The #KultofWindham hashtag leaked and fans of Bray Wyatt began using it. In the tweet, Kage told fans he came up with the hashtag but the campaign never got anywhere due to circumstances outside of their control. Bray Wyatt replied to this with a tease.
He also responded to a tweet from a devoted Firefly, saying how much he misses the fans as well.
As of this writing, Wyatt (Windham) has not commented on his release.