AEW CEO Tony Khan has granted AEW stars time off to attend the services for Bray Wyatt following his passing.
Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, passed away aged 36 on August 24, four days ago.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that there may be absences from AEW TV either this week or next week, depending when the services are, as Khan has offered time off to anyone who wishes to attend.
There were Wyatt tributes during AEW All In at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday, notably Renee Paquette quoting Wyatt at the start of the pre-show, as well as the House of Black’s entrance.
There were also many of the WWE stars in action on tonight’s Raw who wore armbands with either “Bray” or “Windham” written on them.
The video package that was played on SmackDown was shown on Raw too, with his 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 tonight.
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 has been modified to have a Rollins logo on one sideplate, and a Fiend mask logo on the other.
Becky Lynch also notably held up her Bray armband and cried as the show went off the air after she beat Zoey Stark in the falls count anywhere main event.
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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