Former Trojan becomes WWE Champion

February 13, 2017

The new WWE Champion is a former Trojan.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Elimination Chamber” event on the WWE Network ended Sunday with Bray Wyatt being crowned the WWE Champion, marking his first world championship in professional wrestling.

Bray Wyatt as a TROY student in 2008.

2008 file photo

But before he was “eating worlds” as Bray Wyatt, he was grinding on the field with the Troy Trojans football team as Windham Rotunda on the 2007 and 2008 squads.

Wyatt, a prized junior college transfer from the College of the Sequoias, came to TROY after being named a junior college All-American his sophomore year.

After redshirting in 2007, he served as a backup center on the Trojans’ Sun Belt Conference Championship squad in 2008.

It was during his tenure at TROY that he discovered his true calling, however, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncle into the family business.

Wyatt’s grandfather, known as Blackjack Mulligan, and uncle, Barry Windham, are both in the WWE Hall of Fame, while his father, Mike Rotunda, enjoyed a successful two-decade career in WWE and its competitor, World Championship Wrestling.

After Wyatt relocated to Florida to train in WWE’s developmental system, he went through starts and stops before finally discovering his current character, a swamp-dwelling cult leader with followers known as the Wyatt Family.

Wyatt was a broadcast journalism major at TROY.