After Bray Wyatt was released by WWE on July 31st, concrete information on his next move has been few and far between.
Wyatt for his part has remained suitably cryptic on social media, while hinting that his ‘Fiend’ persona could continue outside of WWE.
It had earlier been suggested that Wyatt would be heading to either IMPACT Wrestling or AEW, with the latter seemingly in prime position to land his signature. A new report has now appeared to confirm that the fight for his services will be between the two companies.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer said that should Wyatt go with AEW, there has even been talk of him making his debut sooner rather than later. The report notes that the former WWE Superstar could appear at the September 29th edition of Dynamite held in Rochester, New York. The hometown of his late friend Brodie Lee.
“As far as Windham Rotunda, the former Bray Wyatt, it appears it’ll be there [IMPACT] or AEW. If it is AEW, the talk is that it would be on the 9/29 Dynamite in Rochester, NY, which is Brodie Lee’s home city. If not there or soon after, it would likely be here.”
AEW have signed a number of former WWE Superstars in recent months, with Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole and Ruby Soho debuting at All Out on September 5th. The show also featured the in-ring return of former WWE Champion CM Punk after more than seven and a half years away.
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.
Prior to his release, Wyatt had been absent from WWE television for a number of months after losing out to Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37. The Fiend appeared on the episode of RAW after the show hinting at a new start in what turned out to be his final WWE outing.