In light of the sorrowful demise of WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt, real name Windham Rotunda, Mattel has made the decision to pause the release of his action figures from two of its anticipated series, WWE Elite Collection Greatest Hits 3 and WWE Ultimate Edition Wave 20.
The decision, as reported by Ringside Collectibles, is a gesture of respect, providing some breathing room for the grieving Rotunda family. However, fans can take solace in the fact that Mattel, in collaboration with WWE, intends to honor the legendary wrestler's contributions with specialized action figure lines in the future.
The toy giant conveyed in an official statement, "We'll be offering the performer's family some space at this time, but in partnership with WWE, we look forward to celebrating this amazing Superstar and his legacy in future lines to come." It's worth noting for fans and collectors alike, those who have already placed their pre-orders for the Wyatt action figures will receive full refunds.
We just received the following Bray Wyatt WWE Figure update from Mattel.
We’ve had to adjust two waves of upcoming WWE Figures due to the unfortunate passing of WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt.
We’ll be offering the performer’s family some space at this time, but in partnership with… pic.twitter.com/ahztKohqsF — Ringside Collectibles (@RingsideC) September 19, 2023
Highlighted Wyatt Matches
The WWE Ultimate Edition Wave 20 was set to feature Bray Wyatt in his standout gear from the electrifying Pitch Black Match against LA Knight at the Royal Rumble.
Meanwhile, the WWE Elite Collection Greatest Hits 3 was spotlighting Wyatt from his memorable Ultimate Deletion Match against Matt Hardy. Digital chatter reveals a significant number of fans had their eyes set on these figures, penciled for a December 2023 release.
The same fans are now abuzz with anticipation over a potential new line dedicated to Wyatt, as teased by Mattel's recent update. Historically, Bray Wyatt's merchandise consistently topped sales charts in WWE. In 2019, he even eclipsed renowned names like Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch, cementing his status as a top merchandise seller.
Post his untimely departure at the young age of 36 on August 24, WWE took the heartfelt step of channeling all proceeds from his merchandise sales to his widow, Jojo Offerman, and their children. His loss was deeply felt, coming just a day after the wrestling community mourned the passing of another luminary, Terry Funk.