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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - JANUARY 28: Bray Wyatt enters the arena to fight in the pitch black event during the WWE Royal Rumble event at the Alamodome on January 28, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

WWE megastar and creative genius Bray Wyatt (whose real name is Windham Rotunda) died yesterday of an apparent heart attack.  He was only 36 years old.   The news is extremely shocking to the wrestling community as Bray, who has been out of action since February due to an illness, was rumored to be making his return soon.

Bray came from a wrestling family.   His father is WWE Hall of Famer Mike Rotunda…whom many fans remember as IRS…the tax-collecting heel who sometimes partnered with “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase for the tag team Money Inc.   He was also the grandson of legendary wrestler Blackjack Mulligan…the nephew of star Barry Windham…and the older brother of fellow wrestler Bo Dallas.

WWE Live Munich 2016

MUNICH, GERMANY –  (L-R) Bo Dallas (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

Bray also wrestled as a masked alter-ego called The Fiend.  When he first joined the WWE in 2010, he went by Husky Harris.   But, Bray quickly threw away that bad gimmick…and when he debuted as Bray Wyatt…he was instantly mesmerizing.   In that first incarnation, he was like Max Cady (Robert DeNiro) from Martin Scorcese’s Cape Fear…weird and insane but captivating.   He led a sinister group called the Wyatt Family (accompanied by Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman as his muscle) and they pretty much ruled.

WWE Rings The New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell In Honor Of WrestleMania 32

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 29: WWE Superstars Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan ring The New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell in honor of WrestleMania 32 at New York Stock Exchange in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Soon…Bray would evolve and add an alter ego or two…including The Fiend…which was absolutely amazing.   As some of you may or may not know…I do a wrestling podcast on this site called The East Side Dave and Son Wrestling Show with my boy Stanley.   And, sadly, Bray is Stan’s favorite wrestler.   So this just sucks all around.   But the one thing Bray did was put smiles on people’s faces.   And so we’d like to honor him with a selection of some of our favorite moments in this legend’s career.   RIP, Bray…Windham…you will be missed.

– Davey Mac

Dave ad Stan


  • Every Firefly Fun House Episode

    Bray Wyatt goes insane (along with alter ego The Fiend) and has a fun children’s show with puppets.

  • Bray Wyatt Vs. John Cena in a Firefly Fun House Match

    One of the craziest, trippiest and most entertaining wrestling matches…ever!

  • The Fiend Vs. Finn Balor

    Amazing in-ring debut of The Fiend at SummerSlam.

  • The Wyatt Family Vs. The Shiled

    Fantastic matches between two modern-day but legendary factions.

  • Bray Wyatt Returns

    Amazing return by Bray from October of 2022…this really hits home.   RIP, Bray!

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