Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt had a lengthy feud in 2019, and it sounds like The Architect has some strong lingering feelings about what went down the last time they squared off in WWE. Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, hasn’t been seen inside a wrestling ring since he was released in July last year. He’s been connected to AEW and, to a lesser extent, Impact since then, but it’s been reported that he’s priced himself out of possibly working for one of those companies.
It’s believed that, at the time of his release, Wyatt was one of the most handsomely compensated wrestlers in WWE. He was let go due to budget-based reasons. This, of course, despite the company basically printing money and proving recession and pandemic-proof. Reports indicate that Wyatt isn’t hurting for a payday, which is why he’s been able to enjoy his time off and pick his spot if and when he returns to professional wrestling. The recent White Rabbit teases have been connected to the former Fiend, and it’s rumored that he’ll return within the next few weeks—possibly at the Extreme Rules premium live event.
During an interview with Ariel Helwana for BT Sport, Rollins was asked about what it was like working with Wyatt. “I mean, look, the Bray Wyatt character is just difficult. If you look at anybody that worked with the Bray Wyatt character for an extended period of time, they didn’t come out of it better than they went in. It was very difficult to have a story with him where — aside from Randy, obviously, who killed him — it was difficult for anyone.” To his credit, Rollins states that he probably could have done a better job handling the “phenomenology stuff” while also putting Wyatt over as “an incredible talent.” (h/t and thanks to CagesideSeats.com for the transcription)
The entire conversation is worth watching for any wrestling fan. Seth Rollins is primarily out of character here and speaks frankly on several subjects. Helwani is dialed in as usual and doesn’t hesitate to ask tough questions. If Wyatt ends up inside a WWE ring, it’ll be interesting to see if he crosses paths with Rollins, who has evolved in a meaningful way over the last three years.
Assuming Wyatt is making a comeback, it’s also unclear if his character will have any connection to The Fiend or the cult-leader persona he had before taking up the mask. If there’s no storyline memory of what happened with Rollins, then perhaps a rematch can be put on hold for the time being. Rollins has frequently teased wanting to go after Roman Reigns and the unified championship. He has a fight pit match against Matt Riddle at Extreme Rules, which will presumably be the blowoff for that long-running feud. He’ll need something to do afterward, so WWE fans have to tune in and see how things unfold on October 8 in Philadelphia.