Backstage Latest On Bray Wyatt's WWE Return

Update on Bray Wyatt following WWE return at Extreme Rules 2022.

Bray Wyatt The Fiend

Bray Wyatt was revealed as the wrestler behind WWE's recent 'White Rabbit' teases at Extreme Rules 2022 this Saturday (8 October), returning to the market-leading promotion for the first time since his shocking July 2021 release.

While expected, the comeback went over huge with the live crowd and online, with the clip of Wyatt's reveal already topping 2 million views on WWE's official YouTube channel. This enthusiasm is reportedly shared backstage, too.

Fightful Select's sources have indicated that Bray's comeback was "very well received" within the promotion. People were already satisfied with the buzz generated prior to Extreme Rules, where things like QR codes and videos were used to hype the 'White Rabbit', and WWE personnel had spent days leading up to the premium live event presenting it as a "big night" to media members.


Once WWE underwent its executive shakeup in July, with former Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon resigning in disgrace, it didn't take long for Wyatt's return to start coming together. Fightful had learned with a week of Vince leaving that members of the new regime were optimistic it would happen. Then, one month prior to the actual return, a source had been "completely convinced" the former 'Fiend' was coming back.

Interestingly, Fightful notes that Wyatt has a "very good relationship" with Rob Fee, WWE's new Director of Longterm Creative, who had previous pitched a 'Fiend' movie to current co-CEO Nick Khan prior to Bray's initial release.


Wyatt's in-arena return was preceded by six of his former Firefly Fun House creations being shown in the Extreme Rules arena, including 'The Fiend.'

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