WWE announced another high-profile outing on Saturday: former WWE and Universal Champion Bray Wyatt.
Wyatt signed a development contract with WWE in 2009 and had been on the main roster since 2010. In addition to being a former WWE Champion and two-time Universal Champion, Wyatt won the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
WWE has parted ways with several top talent since WrestleMania 37 in April. Wyatt joined Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Mickie James, and The IIconics, among others.
Wyatt hadn’t appeared on WWE lineup since the night after WrestleMania 37 during a Firefly Fun House segment. At WrestleMania, Wyatt competed as The Fiend and lost to Randy Orton due to a distraction from Alexa Bliss.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding Wyatt’s absence, but it was never clarified why he was kept away from television.
Last week, PWInsider (h / t Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com) reported that some WWE members believed Wyatt’s hiatus was “unrelated to a creative issue.”
H Jenkins of Ringside News later reported that the reason for Wyatt’s absence from WWE programming was “medical.”
Wyatt has remained active on social media, including tweeting that fans miss him:
Bray Wyatt @WWEBrayWyatt
I miss you guys too. Believe me
Wyatt, 34, who is the son of former WWE Superstar Irwin R. Schyster, broke into WWE as Husky Harris.
After a failed adventure in the Nexus stable, Wyatt was sent to FCW and later to NXT, where he developed the character of Wyatt. Wyatt resurfaced on the WWE Main List in 2012 alongside Erick Rowan and the late Luke Harper, also known as Brodie Lee, as The Wyatt Family.
The Wyatt family eventually added Strowman to the mix and enjoyed great success before going their separate ways.
Most recently, Wyatt had returned to the forefront with his character Fiend, which debuted in 2019. Wyatt’s character was partly The Fiend and partly the Firefly Fun House version of himself.
Wyatt became a two-time Universal Champion using this character, and he defeated John Cena in a Firefly Fun House match at WrestleMania 36 last year.
While the circumstances and reasons for Wyatt’s release remain unclear, speculation regarding his arrival at AEW could intensify in the coming weeks.
AEW has signed many former WWE Talent after leaving WWE since its inception two years ago. Among them are Malakai Black, Miro, Andrade El Idolo, FTR and Cody Rhodes.
AEW signed both Jon Moxley and Chris Jericho after they also refused to sign new contracts with WWE.
Now there are more and more rumors that AEW is bringing two more former WWE stars to Daniel Bryan and CM Punk.
A return to WWE could still be on the table if Wyatt is indeed to continue wrestling, but his departure was undoubtedly a shock given his high position within the company.