New information from Dave Meltzer would seem to indicate that Bray Wyatt’s release was a last minute decision. According to Meltzer, Wyatt (real name Windham Lawrence Rotunda) was booked to return in August, yet was released the last day of July. Meltzer said the reason given by WWE officials was budget cuts.
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.