A new report details the reason talks between Bray Wyatt and various promotions fell through before he elected to re-sign with WWE.
The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt, spectacularly returned to WWE at Extreme Rules after weeks of cryptic QR code clues being peppered throughout WWE programming. Prior to his return, multiple promotions reportedly sent out feelers to Wyatt during his time away from the company. The report from Sports Illustrated revealed that AEW, Impact Wrestling, and AAA all had an interest in bringing him, but no deals were reached.
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, talks between Bray Wyatt and the other wrestling promotions fell through because both sides couldn’t agree on how much money would be paid.
“There was interest from AEW, AAA, and Impact, but none came to fruition, in at least two if not all of the cases because the sides were far apart on money.”
Bray Wyatt’s return to WWE was reportedly made easier by the departure of Vince McMahon, who retired back in July amidst an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct and hush money payments.
During the season premiere of Monday Night Raw, it was confirmed that his next appearance would be on the October 14th edition of Friday Night SmackDown. He’s set to be making mainly SmackDown appearances in the future. A report from Fightful Select detailed some of the plans for Wyatt’s appearance on the 14th, including the name of the new mask he will be using.
While Bray Wyatt’s return is expected to be the focal point of tonight’s SmackDown, the show is also set to feature a fatal four way match to determine the new number one contender to GUNTHER’s Intercontinental Championship. LA Knight is scheduled to face månsôör of Maximum Male Models, while Sami Zayn will go one on one with Kofi Kingston.