Bray Wyatt’s unseen, heartfelt tribute to his late friend Brodie Lee at WrestleMania 37 has now been revealed.
Brodie Lee joined WWE in early 2012 and was paired with Bray Wyatt as his “first son” in The Wyatt Family. Lee remained with the faction for two years as Luke Harper before being ‘liberated’ in late 2014.
The group reformed a year later and remained at least loosely affiliated until April 2017. While the group was a family on-screen, Wyatt, Lee, and Erick Rowan were a family off-screen as well.
Although Brodie Lee left WWE in December 2019 and eventually became The Exalted One in AEW, he remained close to Bray Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda. Wyatt only wrestled once more after Lee tragically died on December 26th, 2020, when he faced Randy Orton at WrestleMania 37.
During the match, Wyatt paid tribute to his late friend by imitating his signature catchphrases, which fans all over the world picked up on. However, the man who designed a number of Wyatt’s outfits has now revealed that there was another tribute that the audience never got to see, at least not in person.
Jason Baker explained on social media that Wyatt paid tribute to Lee with his ‘Burned Fiend Jacket,’ which was seen during his transformation video. The jacket featured Lee’s signature flannel pattern as well as the mask he wore as Luke Harper while a member of the Bludgeon Brothers.
Trivia fact: @Windham6 and I worked several tributes to @ThisBrodieLee into the Burned Fiend jacket that was unfortunately never truly seen outside of @WrestleMania transformation video. Tributes included: His Bludgeon brothers mask, his @WWENXT flannel pattern, and more. pic.twitter.com/HOWVCA7gmf
— Jason Baker (@bakingjason) December 4, 2021
WWE released Bray Wyatt on July 31, 2021, and despite being linked with promotions such as IMPACT Wrestling and AEW, he has yet to return to the squared circle. However, the star has confirmed that he will attend WrestleCon in 2022.
It’s also been reported that the former Universal Champion is looking to Hollywood with long-time collaborator Baker.