Bray Wyatt Released from WWE Contract After 12 Years with Company

Photo Credit: WWE.comWWE released another high-profile release on Saturday: Bray Wyatt, a former WWE and Universal champion.Wyatt signed a contract with WWE in 2009, and has been a part of the main roster ever since. Wyatt was a two-time Universal champion and a WWE champion. He also held the Raw Tag Team and SmackDown Tag Team titles.Since Wrestlemania 37 in April, WWE has parted with many big-name talent. Wyatt was among the many who teamed up with Aleister Black and Mickie James, as well as Braun Strowman and The IIconics.Wyatt hadn't appeared on WWE programming since Wrestlemania 37, when he was part of a Firefly Fun House segment. Wyatt was competing as The Fiend at Wrestlemania 37. He lost to Randy Orton due to a distraction from Alexa Bliss.Although there has been much speculation about Wyatt's disappearance, it is not clear why.PWInsider (h/t’s Marc Middleton), reported last week that Wyatt's hiatus wasn't related to a creative issue.H Jenkins, Ringside News reported that Wyatt was not in WWE programming because of "medical reasons."Wyatt was still active on social media and even tweeted that he missed his fans.Wyatt, a 34-year-old son of ex-WWE Superstar Irwin R. Schyster entered WWE as Husky Harris.Wyatt was sent by FCW to develop the Wyatt character after a failed venture with Nexus. Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper (also known as Brodie Leas The Wyatt Family) resurfaced in WWE's main roster on 2012Strowman was eventually added to the Wyatt Family's mix, and they enjoyed great success before dissolving.Wyatt was most recently back in the spotlight with his Fiend character. It debuted in 2019. Wyatt was a combination of The Fiend, and Firefly Fun House.Wyatt was a two-time Universal champion with that persona and beat John Cena last year in a Firefly Fun House match at Wrestlemania 36.Although Wyatt's circumstances and motivations for his release are still unknown, there is speculation that Wyatt will be arriving in AEW in the coming weeks.Since its inception two years ago, AEW signed many WWE talent after their release from WWE. They include Malakai Black and Miro, AndradeEl Idolo and FTR, as well as Cody Rhodes.After they refused to sign new contracts with WWE, AEW signed Jon Moxley as well as Chris Jericho.Rumours are circulating that AEW will be bringing back two former WWE stars, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk.If Wyatt wants to keep wrestling, a return to WWE is possible. However, Wyatt's departure was undoubtedly shocking given his high standing in the company.