WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has discussed Bray Wyatt’s release from the WWE stating that he believes Wyatt is a “true visionary & creative genius.”
On Friday, July 31st 2021, Bray Wyatt was officially released by the WWE following a 12-year stint with the wrestling giants. The news was first confirmed by Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp who noted that Wyatt was gone from the company after WWE posted a statement on Twitter. That first tweet was quickly deleted, however, a new statement was issued shortly after confirming that WWE had come to terms on the releases of the former Universal Champion.
It has since been reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer that Wyatt was told his release was due to budget cuts. In addition, the former world champion had been preparing to return in August.
Following his release, Wyatt has received an outpouring of support from fans and colleagues alike on social media with WWE legend Mick Foley one of many names using their platforms to speak highly of the former Universal Champion.
On Friday evening following the shocking news of the 34-year-olds release, Foley would take to Twitter commenting on WWE’s decision to release Wyatt:
“With WWEs release of Bray Wyatt the company has lost a true visionary and a creative genius; one of the most innovative makers of mayhem pro-wrestling has ever seen. Here’s hoping Bray finds happiness and recreates himself once again – in wrestling, in life…or both.”
‘The Hardcore Legend’ would expand further on Facebook adding that he is aware Bray Wyatt has been struggling in his personal life and that he hopes when he is ready that he comes back to wrestling bigger and better than ever:
” I know Bray has been struggling personally for a while – and I’m not placing any blame on anyone for the release. I just want to acknowledge his greatness – and hope he does what’s needed to come back to wrestling when he’s ready – and entertain us as only he can.”
Foley and Wyatt have a well-documented history together in the WWE with ‘The Fiend’ emerging from the darkness to attack Mick Foley during the July 2019 RAW Reunuion episode of Monday Night RAW.
‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt was last in action at WrestleMania 37 where he was defeated by Randy Orton after he was distracted by Alexa Bliss.
‘Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy’ was not the only prominent name to react to Wyatt’s shocking release…
Following the news, wrestlers from across multiple promotions took to social media to pay tribute to the star. Alexa Bliss, who worked extensively with Wyatt in recent times thanked him for what he did for WWE, calling him an “amazing talent.”
While most saluted their fellow performer, Mickie James praised Wyatt while also being critical of WWE. James took aim at her former employer saying that they didn’t know how to book the star.
In a follow-up tweet, James clarified her position, explaining that she wasn’t being negative towards Alexa Bliss, commenting how well she has done in her role in recent months.
I think what you meant to say was: “Thank you so much for coming up with such an incredible gimmick(time & time again)one so cool & over, we really didn’t know how to book it right. So we just gave it to someone else so we can still make ALL the money off of it & let you go”🤷🏻♀️ 🤯 https://t.co/rWVtbxOioA
— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) July 31, 2021
Thank you @WWEBrayWyatt
— Ember NXT Moon Palmer (@WWEEmberMoon) July 31, 2021
He’s got the world in his hands 💙 @WWEBrayWyatt
— Mercedes Varnado (@SashaBanksWWE) July 31, 2021
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) July 31, 2021
Brother I’m waiting!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/7UOA8N8XgT
— Adam Scherr (@Adamscherr99) July 31, 2021
— Brian Gewirtz (@bfg728) July 31, 2021
Mind. Blown. Excited to see him thrive in whatever he does next https://t.co/pNrhBdNalz
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) July 31, 2021
During his time in WWE, Bray Wyatt became a two-time Universal Champion as well as lifting the WWE Championship. The demonic cult leader also captured tag team gold on two occasions.
Bray Wyatt originally signed with WWE back in 2009, debuting on the main roster as Husky Harris the following year. However, it wasn’t until a stint in NXT in 2012 that Wyatt emerged as his most famous character.
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