Report: Vince McMahon & Bray Wyatt Had "Hot & Cold" Relationship In WWE

New details on Bray Wyatt's relationship with Vince McMahon following his WWE release.

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Bray Wyatt's backstage relationship with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon often ran hot and cold, reports PWInsider's Mike Johnson.

Following up on Wyatt's 31 July WWE release, Johnson states that there was likely less pushback on cutting Bray and his big-money contract from the payroll as McMahon has handed company President and Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan considerable power within the promotion, more so than anyone else historically.

The report states that Bray's release was met with shock backstage, given his status as a reliable merchandise seller.


Khan and Chief Financial Financial Officer Kristina Salen have taken the blame for the situation from one of Johnson's sources. Per the writeup, the duo are "obsessed" with ensuring every financial ledger is kept in the black, and push hard to cut costs where their predecessors may have been more lenient.

If Wyatt is bound to a standard WWE 90-day non-compete clause, it will expire on 29 October. That is one week before AEW's Full Gear 2021 pay-per-view in St. Louis, Missouri.


A former WWE and Universal Champion, Bray had been with WWE since 2009, when he signed his first developmental contract. He had been off television for close to four months at the time of his departure.

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