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Remembering Bray Wyatt

By: Kirk Jackson

The WWE Universe lost one of their brightest stars, with the untimely passing of Windham Rotunda, who was also known as Bray Wyatt.

The company’s show SmackDown is the first aired program within the company to acknowledge and honor Wyatt’s passing, along in which they also celebrated the life of wrestling legend Terry Funk, with a 10-bell salute for both stars to start the show.

Footage courtesy of WWE.

Later on in the broadcast, Funk was eulogized by Cody Rhodes.

Many fans of wrestling were devasted by this news and the wrestling world has flooded social media with tributes to the beloved star.

Rotunda was a third-generation wrestler, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Blackjack Mulligan, his father Mike Rotunda (Most renowned for his role in IRS), and his uncle’s Barry and Kendall Windham. His younger brother Taylor is also a wrestler under the ring name Bo Dallas.

Accomplishments in the WWE

  • WWE Championship (1 time)
  • WWE Universal Championship (2 times)
  • WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Matt Hardy
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Randy Orton and Luke Harper
  • Tag Team Eliminator (2018) – with Matt Hardy
  • WWE Year-End Award for Male Wrestler of the Year (2019)

On August 24, 2023, at the age of 36, Rotunda died of a heart attack while asleep at his home in Clermont, Florida. He leaves behind four children, partner Joseann “Jojo” Offerman and a long list of family and friends.

His death was announced by WWE’s chief content officer Triple H, following a phone call he had received from Rotunda’s father.

The Scope Network would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Windham Rotunda.

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