WWE rolled out a brilliant video package, featuring the song Legacy by Eminem, highlighting the feud between Bray Wyatt and John Cena.
John Cena comes with a rich WrestleMania history as WWE’s top star. Compared to years past, however, his match against surging midcarder Bray Wyatt is underwhelming on paper.
On the contrary, considering what this match could mean for both superstars long term, it may end up being one of the most important WrestleMania matches of John Cena’s career.
Cena has spent the past several weeks admitting his mortality. He sees the young, hungry up-and-coming talent and realizes their potential. While addressing a hostile Chicago crowd on the March 3 Raw, Cena reiterated “change will come, and it will go through me.”
Cena’s proud battle cry is twofold in terms of his match against Bray Wyatt. Let's say Cena holds on for the victory. It will be a comforting sign to his supporters and, let’s face it, his dedicated detractors. After all, they get just as much joy out of jeering Cena as his fans do for cheering him.
A John Cena win means he’s sticking around. He’s not going anywhere yet. He’s still WWE’s biggest star and the promotion will continue to move forward while relying on the glue that has held it together in the face of fleeting prospects. Cena’s legacy would be intact.
That’s the safe route.
If Bray Wyatt wins, it’s an equally comforting sign for WWE’s future. It means the promotion is confident in its future and ready for change. The necessary process of replacing John Cena would be set in motion.
A wise caveat of Wyatt-Cena, that at the same time may hurt the value of this match, is John Cena admitting Bray Wyatt doesn’t care about winning.
Wyatt’s character, a bizarre cult leader with motives beyond comprehension, will be fine win or lose. Rubbing elbows with Cena on WWE’s biggest show is victory enough, and his attempt to destroy John Cena, Inc. will supercede any competitive aspect of this match.
In a sense, everybody wins with Wyatt-Cena. Either result can be justified, and as long as a strong story is told, both WWE Superstars will be elevated coming out of this feud.