The former WWE Universal Champion Bray Wyatt was previously released by the company in July last year amid the budget cuts. His last in-ring appearance came at WrestleMania 37 when he lost to Randy Orton. He has been away from pro wrestling for quite some time. It was reported that he had been working on a horror film project along with special effects artist Jason Baker.
According to H Jenkins of Ringside News, Bray Wyatt wasn’t fired for any backstage behavior issues that have been reported elsewhere. The company reportedly chose to release Wyatt because “he had a health issue that was being addressed, still getting 4 million a year while off, and was uncommunicative and uncooperative with WWE regarding the way his health issue was being addressed by doctors.”
WWE decided to remove Bray Wyatt from WWE 2K22
WWE 2k22 finally came out three months ago after a lot of hype and it turned out to be a much more solid game than expected. Sean Sapp reported behind Fightful’s paywall that WWE requested to have Wyatt removed from WWE 2K22.
We’ve also heard the same that Mike Straw of SGO reported earlier this year, that WWE specifically wanted Bray Wyatt removed from the game.
Wyatt is already planning for a highly-anticipated comeback. ‘The Fiend’ was WWE’s most popular superstars before he was shockingly fired last Summer. As ‘The Fiend,’ Wyatt was one of the very few supernatural characters to get over with fans. Though he built popularity, there was a feeling within WWE that Wyatt was doing more harm than good.
The Fiend character took him to heights of success in WWE and Wyatt allegedly saw himself as the new Undertaker. The following is a comment from a “tenured member of the creative team” given to Jenkins regarding Wyatt’s run as The Fiend in WWE.
“He killed babyface Rollins and babyface Miz and there are analytics that document this. Plus, the push went to his head and he thought he was modern day Undertaker. Except once Taker got on top, he started making any other top star he worked with. Bray doesn’t know how to do that and the gimmick doesn’t lend to it.”