Fresh off a win over vaunted Kane in a "Ring of Fire" match at SummerSlam, cryptic and crazed backwoods brawler Bray Wyatt — a former high school football and wrestling standout —
may be on the path to stardom in the entertainment industry.
Born Windham Rotunda, Wyatt is the son of former professional wrestler Mike Rotunda and the nephew of another in "The Widowmaker" Barry Windham.
Billed by WWE at 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Wyatt graduated from Hernando High School (Brooksville, Fla.)
in 2005 after putting together an impressive athletic resume.
Though the Hernando football team went 1-9 during Wyatt's senior season
and allowed nearly 40 points per game, his bio from Troy University claims he was a second team Class 3A All-State selection.
Florida High School Athletic Association records confirm he captured the Class 1A heavyweight (275 pounds and above) wrestling title in 2005 with a win over Jacob Sheffield of Forrest (Jacksonville).
Wyatt moved on to the College of Sequoias in California after high school, where he played football and earned himself a scholarship offer from Division I Troy. After redshirting in the fall of 2007, Wyatt played in one game for the Trojans against Alcorn State during his redshirt junior campaign in 2008 according to stats posted on the school's official athletic site.
Yearning to take to the ring like his father and uncle, Wyatt made the decision to leave Troy with a year of eligibility remaining.
"It was an extremely tough decision. I wanted to play football, but I really wasn't friendly with the coaching staff," Wyatt told Chris Bernhardt Jr. of Hernando Today in 2009
. "I was tired of playing games with them. So I decided to invest in my future. I couldn't have made a better decision."