John Cena Is Breaking New Ground for His Career at WrestleMania 30

Justin LaBar@@JustinLaBar Featured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014


Bray Wyatt is going to be part of history at WrestleMania 30 with the biggest star of this era.

When Wyatt takes on John Cena, it's going to be a whole new chapter in Cena's career performances at WrestleMania.

Cena made his WrestleMania debut in 2004 at WrestleMania 20. He took part in a United States title match against Big Show. After that, he was in a series of world title matches from 21 through 27. WrestleMania 28 saw him take on The Rock in a match they spent a year building. It was the first time Cena had fought at the big event without a title being involved. He returned to the title picture the next year at WrestleMania 29 against The Rock.

WrestleMania 30 is almost here, and his opponent has been announced. No title on the line. No judging who is the bigger mainstream star. You just have a man in Wyatt who wants to see Cena's legacy burn on the biggest stage ever.

It's refreshing in every way for the road to WrestleMania and encouraging in terms of what is to follow.

It brings fresh content to WWE programming, which Cena very much sets the tone for. You can say Cena-Wyatt is in the fourth-most important match behind Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, the world title match, which could feature Bryan, and The Undertaker defending his streak against Brock Lesnar.

It's different card placement for Cena and new material. Yes, there have still been some fast-talking, cheap comedy jabs at his opponent about Wyatt being in "Margaritaville" and getting a rocking chair from Cracker Barrel.

Looking past the attempted humor, it's an exciting feud for Wyatt, whom WWE has not balked on in its pushing of him as a top heel in the company since his debut last summer. The Wyatt Family being the first non-marquee match for Cena at WrestleMania continues that impressive booking.

The range of the promos and antics that have been employed leading up to the match are greater than the typical bickering between two wrestlers that usually involves such trite cliches as “I want your title.”

Wyatt made that clear in his promo on this past Monday's Raw with his comments about how if Cena looks at him at eye level, he'll see a god. Powerful stuff that is enhanced due to Wyatt's persona and natural promo abilities. You can bet you'll hear that sound clip in the video package promoting the match when it gets closer.


I don't think this will be the last meeting between these two. I think WrestleMania might only be the beginning. A gimmick match could follow at the next pay-per-view to draw closer to culminating the rivalry.

I also don't think it's going to be a losing start to Wyatt's WrestleMania career. Wyatt being in this big match with Cena is no accident or the result of Creative having nothing else for these guys. This was basically the first WrestleMana match decided on that WWE began moving toward at Royal Rumble.

I refuse to believe Cena didn't have some hand in this. I also refuse to believe Cena doesn't see the value in Wyatt beating him on this stage and how it is truly what is best for business.

WrestleMania 30 could be a big night for the babyfaces overall on the card. Wyatt going over on Cena would be the perfect way for him to stand out and create an impact.


Justin LaBar is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the creator of the "Chair Shot Reality" video talk show and "Wrestling Reality" radio show.