Bray Wyatt Is Poised to Become a Main Eventer After WrestleMania XXX

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Bray Wyatt Is Poised to Become a Main Eventer After WrestleMania XXX
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While other men hunt for championships, revenge or the end of a streak, Bray Wyatt eyes headlining WrestleMania XXX.

In facing John Cena on WWE's biggest stage, Wyatt has the opportunity to thrust himself forward, to make 2014 the year that a new name sits on the marquee.

His mic work is already at a main event level, and his ring work is on the cusp of catching up. That and his crackling magnetism have him ready to lead a new crop of headliners.

WWE can't push Randy Orton and Cena as its top wrestlers forever. It has to choose which rising stars to highlight, to select as the premiere talents.

Judging by how Wyatt has looked in this story with Cena, it's clear that the company has "The Eater of Worlds" in mind for the center of the spotlight.

 

Placed at Cena's Level

WWE is portraying Wyatt in a rare light—a monster capable of destroying the company's longtime hero.

In an interview with Michael Cole on WWE.com, Cena expressed trepidation about Wyatt. He said that he was worried that Wyatt may tear down what he has built. Fear isn't something we see from Superstars often, especially not Cena, the relentless warrior that he is.

It's the equivalent of Superman being afraid, which would certainly make whatever villain he had that feeling about seem more dangerous than those he has faced in the past.

This is how WWE has presented Wyatt.

Wyatt has had the upper hand for most of this feud. He and his clan hobbled Cena on Feb. 24, leaving him in need of medical attention.

The Wyatt Family attacks Cena.

The story has since centered around Cena protecting his legacy as he fends off a maniac who wants to take an ax to his name.

There is a slight shift from the norm here.

During the buildup for Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio at Hell in a Cell 2013, much of the story was focused on Cena's return. The promo video zeroed in on Cena's injury and recovery.

Del Rio was but an afterthought.

When Ryback challenged Cena at last year's Extreme Rules, the video hyping the match did feature Ryback more, but he wasn't portrayed as much of a threat as Wyatt has been. Ryback was made to look capable of destruction, but there was no talk of him having the power to ruin Cena or to end Cena's version of Hulkamania.

That is the story WWE has been telling this time around. 

Video promo for Wyatt vs. Cena at WrestleMania XXX

WWE is billing Wyatt as being on Cena's level. That is a hint of the company's confidence in him. Should he justify that confidence with a great performance, he will climb several rungs.

For WWE to choose Wyatt as Cena's WrestleMania opponent is an achievement itself, but a victory shoots him upward as if he had a jetpack strapped to him.

 

Only the Fourth

When Fandango defeated Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29, it began his career with a major accomplishment. It gave him a victory worth boasting about. Should Wyatt end his WrestleMania debut by towering over a fallen Cena, that will be doubly true for him.

To beat Cena is to beat the king.

Cena's 11 WWE title reigns, two Royal Rumble wins and constant presence in the main event make him the biggest trophy a Superstar can hang on his wall short of defeating Undertaker at WrestleMania. Even hanging with the former champ is considered a feat.

That's evident by the type of comments that folks made after Cena beat Cesaro on the Feb. 17 Raw.

Should WWE choose the brave route and have Wyatt knock off Cena under the bright lights of the year's biggest show, he can claim to be one of the current greats in the industry.

The list of men who have beaten Cena at WrestleMania is a short one:

  • Randy Orton-WrestleMania XXIV
  • The Miz-WrestleMania XXVII
  • The Rock-WrestleMania XXVIII

That's it. In 10 tries, Cena has only lost three times. Orton defeated him in a Triple Threat match, which isn't as impressive as a one-on-one situation. There is an asterisk on The Miz's win as wellThe Rock essentially won the match for him.

Joining that list will alter Wyatt's career path, aiming his career trajectory even higher. In a short time, he has proven that he is worth WWE taking that chance on him.

 

Ready for Center Stage

Wyatt was a part of the best match from both of 2014's two pay-per-views. Before he, Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt took on The Shield in a memorable showdown at Elimination Chamber, he exuded greatness against Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble.

Wyatt and Bryan square off at Royal Rumble 2014.

It was not an example of technical mastery, instead relying on brute force reminiscent of a battering ram splintering a door.

He and Bryan achieved the most important element of pro wrestling: making the audience care. Every wicked blow Wyatt threw, every time he slipped a jackal's grin on his face worked to engage fans.

Should he and Cena produce another classic like that, look for Wyatt to spend much of the next year at the top of the card. Pro Wrestling Illustrated sees big things for Wyatt in 2014.

Besides being able to deliver once the bell rings, Wyatt can build toward a match like few others before him.

He has quickly become WWE's best talker. Every time he spoke opposite The Shield earlier this year, he gave us at least one line that left its claw marks on the crowd.

From telling his enemies that war is his favorite game to chuckling madly, Wyatt nailed his promo on the Jan. 31 SmackDown.

The Wyatt Family/The Shield promo

He did similarly great work when he welcomed Bryan into his "family," delivering a rant about fate, Sister Abigail, the Earth rotting and Bryan needing him. Now we have seen that same excellence leading up to Wyatt vs. Cena.

Cena's star power and intensity paired with Wyatt's darkness have made theirs the most intriguing match on the card.

There isn't anyone else on the roster with his acting chops. There isn't anyone else who can make the story of a racehorse so memorable.

Wyatt talks racehorses and Cena.

Those skills, his hammering in-ring style and the opportunity he has at WrestleMania will hasten his journey to the top. When Brock Lesnar steps away again, when Undertaker goes back into hibernation and when CM Punk's absence stretches even longer, WWE will looking be for names to elevate.

Wyatt is ready for that promotion.

WWE has set him up to harvest at WrestleMania what he has been sowing for the past few months. Normally, the company is slow to make a move like that, but when a monster is growling as loud as Wyatt is, it's hard to ignore him.

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