Bray Wyatt is one of the most interesting and talented Superstars in WWE history, with his incredibly creative gimmicks, promotional skills and unique look.
The former WWE superstar is rumored to be returning to the company, ahead of tonight’s episode of SmackDown.
With this in mind, there are a few things fans may not know about the 3-time world champion, so GiveMeSport Bray takes you through 10 things you didn’t know about Wyatt…
Bray is part of a famous wrestling family
The real-life Windham Rotunda is a third-generation wrestler, grandson of Blackjack Mulligan and son of Mike Rotunda, better known as IRS.
He is also the brother of Bo Dallas, but their family history has yet to be mentioned on WWE television.
Watt received a college scholarship
After playing American football in high school, Wyatt played two seasons at College of the Sequoias before earning a scholarship to Troy University. Here, he played two more years of college football as an offensive guard.
He studied broadcast journalism
With his impeccable use of the English language and publicity skills, it’s no surprise that Wyatt studied journalism in college. He just missed out on a bachelor’s degree, deciding to pursue a full-time career as a professional wrestler.
He debuted in WWE as Husky Harris
Before becoming “The Eater of Worlds”, Rotunda was Husky Harris in NXT and was Cody Rhodes’ senior pro and mentor (future storyline?). The gimmick made no impact on the main roster despite being part of the Aggressive Nexus and was left off television by future career rival Randy Orton.
He has a Goldberg-inspired tattoo
In 2020, Wyatt, then in the persona of “The Fiend”, and Goldberg had a brief feud over the Universal Championship. In the build-up to their match at Super Showdown, Wyatt took to Twitter to reveal one of his first tattoos, a tribal symbol, inspired by Goldberg, which he now regrets.
Braun Strowman is the godfather to one of his children
Bray named his son Nash, born in 2019, as the godfather of Braun Strowman, proving the Wyatt Family. Wyatt was close friends with Erick Rowan and previously with Luke Harper/Brady Lee. His tragic death in 2020.
He created the characters Bray Wyatt and “The Fiend”.
Triple H has said that Wyatt is one of the craziest, most creative people out there, and in a good way. This is evident in the character creations of Max Cady’s Cape Fear-inspired Bray Wyatt and the Fiend of the Next World, unlike anything seen in WWE history. It’s rare in modern wrestling to create characters based on talent alone, but Wyatt is an exception.
He has won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Best Gimmick twice
Wyatt’s incredible creativity has been rewarded and recognized by the Wrestling Observer newsletter by naming The Wyatt Family (2013) and The Fiend (2019) as the best gimmicks of the calendar year.
The same newsletter gave him four worst hate “awards”.
In a clear display of the terrible long-term booking of one of WWE’s most talented performers, Wyatt had four worst feuds of the year with Randy Orton (2017), Seth Rollins (2019), Braun Strowman (2020) and Orton, involving Alexa Bliss, (2021).
He won Best Match and Worst Match of the same year
Wrestling’s year-end awards tell us a lot about the highs and lows of Wyatt’s WWE career, mostly as a result of mismanagement. In 2014, Wyatt’s feud with John Cena landed the duo Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s prestigious Match of the Year for the last man standing match at Payback. The previous PPV, Extreme Rules, saw the pair earn Observer’s Worst Worked Match of the Year. Lots of contrast.