Uncle Howdy was an integral part of Bray Wyatt’s return to WWE after Extreme Rules in 2022 with plans for a match at WrestleMania.
Following his return to WWE, Wyatt would be plagued by Uncle Howdy, the character played by Wyatt’s real-life brother Bo Dallas.
Details of the plans for Uncle Howdy and Wyatt were revealed in the current Wrestling Observer Newsletter with Dave Meltzer explaining that the plan was for Wyatt to build to a match with Howdy at WrestleMania, but that the plans were changed with Howdy “not being pushed at that level and the character dropped.”
It was also revealed that Alexa Bliss was planned to return in her “female monster” gimmick alongside Wyatt, but plans changed when Bray became ill and Bliss later became pregnant.
Wyatt’s last match on WWE broadcast was at Royal Rumble in the Mountain Dew Pitch Black match on January 28 against LA Knight, with his last untelevised match being a house show on February 26 against Knight.
After his program with Knight, Wyatt entered a feud with Bobby Lashley that had been planned to lead to a match at WrestleMania 39 after the Howdy match, and a plan for a match against Brock Lesnar, had both fallen through.
Unfortunately the Wyatt vs Lashley match never took place either due to Wyatt’s health issues keeping him off TV.
Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, passed away aged 36 on Thursday, August 24.
WWE recently released a 35-minute video of several stars talking about the death of Wyatt and the impact that the real-life Windham Rotunda had upon them. You can watch that video below this article.
The Monday, August 28 Raw followed suit, as the video package that was played on SmackDown was shown on Raw too, with Wyatt’s entrance music being played in the arena and a spotlight being shone on a rocking chair on the stage.
Seth Rollins, who emotionally paid tribute to Wyatt at a house show over the weekend, also went the extra mile on Raw.
He started his in-ring promo by saying Yowie-Wowie, a catchphrase of Wyatt during The Fiend era, and there was another reference as well.
Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt was modified to have a Rollins logo on one sideplate, and a Fiend mask logo on the other.
As the show went off the air, Lynch held up her “Bray” armband and broke down in tears, and after the show she shared a heartwarming story about Wyatt with the audience.
The aforementioned video package was also played during the following night’s NXT, with commentators Vic Joseph and Booker T noticeably joining in with the crowd in holding up their “fireflies” in Wyatt’s memory.
WWE has added the following note to the item descriptions for Wyatt merch on the WWE Shop website:
In the wake of Bray Wyatt’s death, WWE will donate all net proceeds to support JoJo Offerman and his children.
You can find said merch at this link.
On Thursday, August 24, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported:
I was given permission to reveal that earlier this year Windham Rotunda (Bray Wyatt) got COVID that exacerbated a heart issues.
There was a lot of positive progress towards a return and his recovery. Unfortunately today he suffered a heart attack and passed away.
Our thoughts and condolences continue to be with the family, friends, and everyone affected by the passing of Windham Rotunda.
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