Beating John Cena Is Not Enough for Bray Wyatt's Future

Anthony Mango@ToeKneeManGoFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2014

Even if Bray Wyatt is able to somehow overcome the odds and defeat John Cena at WrestleMania XXX, it is not a one-shot process that will guarantee him a successful future.

Sure, it would add a lot of credibility to his name, knocking off someone the caliber of Cena, but that is not enough.

It is one thing to look very successful for a WrestleMania moment and something else entirely to continue to build on that and keep the momentum going.

There are far too many factors that can get in the way of Wyatt and cause things to go astray, even if he wins at WrestleMania.

First of all, the method and means to which Wyatt defeats Cena are almost equally important as him winning or losing in general.

You can lose a match and come out looking stronger than ever, as Steve Austin did against Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13.

Alternatively, your win can be tainted and become meaningless, such as what happened with The Miz defeating Cena at WrestleMania XXVII.

The Miz can tout that he retained the title in the main event, but since he was only victorious after The Rock helped him out, he didn't get a true win.

Since then, The Miz's reputation has stayed about the same as it was before that match.

If anything, it may have even gone down a bit, since any hope that The Miz was on par with Cena was then gone.

As a heel with two henchmen who frequently interrupt matches, Wyatt is in a dangerous position where WWE could easily be tempted to book him to win only through some kind of interference.

This is magnified even more due to his opponent, who is almost always protected and loses through shenanigans.

For the people who wish to see Wyatt defeat Cena by any means possible, thinking that any win is better than a loss, would this ending really suffice?

Would watching Erick Rowan and Luke Harper take advantage of a distracted or incapacitated referee, beating up Cena and dragging Wyatt's unconscious carcass on top of him for the pinfall truly make you value Wyatt as a threat?

Any breaking of the rules is just going to cheapen Wyatt's victory and cancel out the benefits of beating Cena.

He'll be back at the same spot he was leading up to the match—a heel who is not on the same level, who has not proved he can "get through" Cena to be a top star of the future, as this feud revolves around.

Another thing that would hinder Wyatt's future is what WWE follows this up with.

If we assume Wyatt can get a clean pinfall or submission victory over Cena, but WWE drops the ball with whatever comes after it, then it will be for nothing.

Since Cena is one of the few top dogs in the company, there's almost nobody Wyatt can feud with that won't appear as though he's dropped down on the scale of importance.

A program with Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler or Big E will seem like he's a midcarder, not someone on top.

Sheamus is not a strong main event name at the moment, nor has he shown the ability to carry a feud and keep people interested.

Big Show and Mark Henry are always floundering between the main event and the upper midcard, and as talented as they are, there is a clear difference when comparing them and Cena.

Anything short of going straight into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship title hunt or reigniting the feud with The Shield runs the risk of nullifying any positive points gained with a win over Cena.

Keep in mind, this is all working under the belief that Wyatt will indeed defeat Cena to begin with.

If Cena defeats Wyatt, then a whole new set of problems arise instead.

Time and time again, someone has been built up to become a worthwhile challenger for Cena, only to lose and go back to the drawing board.

Umaga, Khali and countless others just were never the same again after losing to Cena.

It's happened so many times now that there is no genuine value to Cena talking them up before or after something like this occurs.

The fans have heard him say that he's an underdog repetitively, but his record shows that he isn't, so it isn't impressive when he beats someone—it's just expected.

After he defeats them, he can talk for hours about how tough of a fight it was and how his opponent almost gave him too much to handle, but the fact still remains that he did overcome.

Since neither of those truly reflect positively on his opponent, his promos are just jargon.

In order to position Wyatt as a big star in the eyes of the audience, WWE needs to avoid all three of these problems.

Wyatt needs to defeat Cena in a meaningful way, on his own, and his next feud cannot be a significant step down that lets the iron cool down rather than striking while it is hot.

Only then can The Wyatt Family's leader continue to grow, rather than turn into yet another disappointment.

It has happened to numerous victims of Cena's betting odds over the years, like Ryback and Bobby Lashley, and it can happen to Wyatt just the same.

How would you book Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena? What do you think the future holds in store for The Eater of Worlds?

Leave us your booking ideas, complaints, concerns and predictions in the comments below!


Anthony Mango is the owner-operator of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment as well as the host of its podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, iTunes and Stitcher. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.


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