The passing of Bray Wyatt was a gut punch to everyone in the professional wrestling business, and the reaction of WWE Hall of Famer Booker T was an illustration of that when the tragic news was relayed to him while he was recording his podcast.
WWE’s head of creative, Triple H, broke the news Thursday that Wyatt, whose real name was Windham Rotunda, had died unexpectedly at 36 years old.
Later, wrestling site Fightful reported that Wyatt had suffered a heart attack.
Booker T was taping his “Hall of Fame” show and discussing the death of legendary pro wrestler Terry Funk, when his co-host, Brad Gilmore, cut in and said, “Oh my God.”
Gilmore had received the news that Wyatt had died and read Triple H’s tweet to Booker T.
Booker T was in disbelief, stating, “You’re saying Bray Wyatt’s passed away?”
After it sunk in, Booker T was devastated.
“I don’t even have words man. I don’t even know what to say. I’m at a loss,” he said.
They took a break to gather themselves and came back with perspective on Wyatt’s life.
“He had kids, and that’s the first thing you think about — especially for me, I lost my dad when I was 10 months old,” Booker T said.
“Something that I have lived with my whole my life. That’s where my heart goes — to his kids, his [fiancée JoJo Offerman] and his family. Hopefully, they can get through this. I know it’s gonna be hard.”
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