Details On Bray Wyatt's Relationship With Vince McMahon In WWE Reportedly Emerge
Wyatt was released by WWE on Saturday
Further details pertaining to the shock release of Bray Wyatt by WWE over the weekend, including his relationship with Vince McMahon and who made the decision about his departure, have reportedly emerged.
WWE confirmed Wyatt had been let go by the promotion on Saturday afternoon with numerous reports indicating that the former WWE & Universal Champion had been told 'budget cuts' were behind the decision.
PWInsider is reporting that one source within WWE has pinned the decision to let Wyatt go on WWE President Nick Khan and Chief Financial Officer Kristina Salen. It has been indicated that the duo are 'obsessed' with the company not being even a slither into the red on the financial books and that, even after the success of the reported figures in the most recent financial quarter, there had to have been another push to cut costs by the duo.
Vince McMahon has notably given Khan significantly more authority over his company than anyone else in memory and therefore the WWE President has more scope to make such changes, as opposed to previous regimes where there was more leniency when it came to things like financials. With that in mind, there was likely less push-back from McMahon than there would have been in previous years when it came to the prospect of cutting such a big name - and therefore a big contract - from the roster.
Speaking of McMahon, PWInsider also indicate that his relationship with Wyatt ran very hot and cold at times. There have been reports that Wyatt was exceptionally protective over the creative around his character in WWE.
Another source pointed out that Wyatt's 90 day non-compete clause would run out the week before AEW's Full Gear, and how McMahon may have been prophetic about handing AEW other assets during the shareholders media call last week.