Matt Hardy has alleged how WWE Chairman Vince McMahon would insult former WWE Champion Bray Wyatt whenever he didn’t appreciate his creative contributions.
Prior to his shock WWE release in July 2021, Bray Wyatt was one of the top Superstars in Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment giant. A former WWE and Universal Champion, ‘The Eater of Worlds’ was inarguably the most surprising of all their 2021 cuts.
Despite his established popularity among the WWE Universe, it’s emerged that Vince McMahon wasn’t always keen on the creative contributions Wyatt made to his character. Alongside his cult leader Bray Wyatt persona, the real-life Windham Rotunda also enjoyed success under the mask of The Fiend.
Speaking on the Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Hardy detailed the “very strange relationship” between Vince McMahon and Bray Wyatt (h/t WrestlingNews.Co):
“Windham [Bray Wyatt] has always had a very strange relationship with Vince McMahon, very strange, like, I almost felt like Vince looked at him like a son in some ways. When he would do things that he liked, he would love him and he would really give him everything that he could possibly give him.
He would bend over backwards to try and accommodate him, but then when he did something he didn’t like, it was like he was going to lock him away for good. It was almost like a really weird, a really strange and different duality that Vince shared with Bray. It was really bad and he would punish him and insult him. To me, it was so strange, it was almost like a parent.”
It had previously been reported by Fightful Select that Vince McMahon allegedly wasn’t a fan of him towards the end of his WWE tenure. McMahon’s issues with Wyatt were reportedly due to Bray being vocal about his displeasure with the creative direction of his character.
Bray Wyatt is yet to resurface in the wrestling world post-WWE, outside of conventions. He’s heavily expected to join All Elite Wrestling, where all but of his former Wyatt Family brethren – that being Randy Orton – have appeared in some capacity. The late Mr Brodie Lee, who wrestled as Luke Harper alongside Wyatt, was the second AEW TNT Champion.
Wyatt wrestled his last WWE match on night two of WrestleMania 37 as he lost to Randy Orton. An appearance on the following night’s Raw episode saw Wyatt state he was looking for a fresh start in what would become his final WWE appearance before he was let go on 31 July.