After the conclusion of the WWE Raw episode on August 28th, Becky Lynch took a moment to share a poignant memory of Bray Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda.
The wrestling world was left in shock when Windham tragically passed away at the age of 36 on August 24th. As Raw’s broadcast ended, viewers witnessed an emotional Lynch, fresh from her victory over Zoey Stark, raising an armband with “Bray” inscribed on it, tears streaming down her face.
Lynch began her story by reminiscing about her early days in WWE. “When I first stepped into this world, I was thrust into my inaugural tables match, defending my title on a pay-per-view platform. Having recently clinched the SmackDown Women’s Championship, I was clueless about the intricacies of setting up a table for the match,” she shared.
She continued, “It might seem straightforward, but it’s a challenging task, especially for someone of my stature. Amidst all the chaos, only Windham noticed my dilemma. He approached me, asking if I knew how to set up the table. Admitting my ignorance, he graciously took me under his wing. On a live event, he patiently demonstrated the entire process. Even on the day of the pay-per-view, TLC, despite his own commitments, he dedicated his afternoon to guide me.”
Becky Lynch on Bray Wyatt
Lynch’s voice quivered as she concluded, “That evening, I found myself crashing through a table. But tonight, I ensured that both Trish Stratus and Zoey Stark met the same fate.
“This victory is dedicated to Windham. A heartfelt thank you to all of you. Remember to cherish your loved ones. Much love to all.”
Bray Wyatt Passes
The wrestling community united in their grief over Wyatt’s untimely demise. The subsequent episode of SmackDown on August 25th was replete with tributes to the late superstar. Numerous WWE stars even got tattoos bearing Wyatt’s logo as a mark of respect.
During the Raw episode, many wrestlers sported armbands with either “Bray” or “Windham” written on them. A touching video package that had previously aired on SmackDown was replayed, with Wyatt’s iconic entrance music echoing in the arena and a lone spotlight illuminating a rocking chair on stage.
Seth Rollins, another WWE superstar, also paid homage to Wyatt. He began his in-ring promo with “Yowie-Wowie”, a catchphrase synonymous with Wyatt during The Fiend era. Additionally, Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt was modified to feature a Fiend mask logo, further honouring Wyatt’s legacy.
In a heartening gesture, WWE announced that all net proceeds from Bray Wyatt’s merchandise would be donated to support JoJo Offerman, Wyatt’s partner, and their children.