We now have some additional details on Bray Wyatt’s release from WWE.
As we reported earlier, John Laurinaitis was the person who called Wyatt to let him know he was being released due to “budget cuts”. Laurinaitis wasn’t at TV this past week as he’s in the middle of moving to Connecticut.
According to a report from Pwinsider, the backstage reaction in WWE is that of “shock”, especially due to how over “The Fiend” character was for merchandise sales. The character itself sold a ton of t-shirts and action figures for the company and made them a lot of money.
One source is blaming WWE President Nick Khan and CFO Kristina Salen, noting that the two executives are “obsessed” with WWE not being in the red even after the most recent financial quarter.
In addition to that, Bray Wyatt and Vince McMahon reportedly “ran very hot and cold” at times. With Vince McMahon giving Nick Khan more power and freedom than anyone else in the history of the company to run things, there wasn’t as much push back over cutting Wyatt.
Vince McMahon recently made a comment about giving AEW ‘more investments’ in the future, which seems to signal that more releases are coming. There won’t be any additional releases today though.
Bray Wyatt’s 90-day non-compete clause will expire the week before AEW Full Gear.