AEW superstar Chris Jericho and his rock band Fozzy paid a touching tribute to wrestling icon Bray Wyatt, known offstage as Windham Rotunda, during their performance at London’s O2 Kentish Town venue. This show is notable as Fozzy’s most significant headlining act to date, with Massive Wagons and Kris Barras opening the stage.
Tragedy struck the pro-wrestling world as it lost one of its most innovative minds. Jericho, reflecting on their shared moments, said, “You know him as Bray, I know him as Windham. A brilliant talent, and one of the most imaginative minds I've ever collaborated with”.
Memories span across the globe, including various memorable matches in the UK. The concert’s emotional pinnacle was when the crowd spontaneously erupted into a heartfelt rendition of "He’s got the whole world, in his hands!" Jericho gracefully allowed the audience to serenade Wyatt for a good 40 seconds before proceeding with his homage.
This sentiment wasn’t just limited to the concert. Chris Jericho pledged to dedicate the upcoming AEW All In pay-per-view event at the iconic Wembley Stadium to the late wrestler. Furthermore, the event promises an exclusive treat for fans: Fozzy will render their hit “Judas” live, marking Jericho’s debut of singing his entrance theme.
The main event will see Jericho square off against the formidable IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay, in what promises to be an electrifying non-title match. It remains a mystery whether Jericho’s dedication pertains to his entrance, the match, or perhaps the entirety of the All In event.
Legacy Beyond the Ring
Wyatt and Jericho's history runs deep, sharing the ring in approximately 18 matches, both televised and non-televised, since their first face-off in 2013. Highlighting some of their iconic matches: Jericho secured a win against Wyatt at the WWE NXT in May 2013 and repeated his victory at WWE Battleground in July 2014.
However, Wyatt answered back, defeating Jericho at WWE SummerSlam in August 2014 and again in a gripping Steel Cage match on RAW in September 2014. Their final one-on-one clash was at a non-televised WWE event in Bakersfield, California in 2016, with Jericho taking the win.
Their most recent collaboration was in April 2017 on RAW. As the wrestling community mourns the loss of Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho’s tribute serves as a poignant reminder of the bonds formed inside and outside the ring. The upcoming AEW All In event will undoubtedly be a fitting celebration of Wyatt’s remarkable legacy.