Bray Wyatt Must Facilitate a Character Change for John Cena

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2014

The Wyatt Family and John Cena
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Bray Wyatt and John Cena are embroiled in a feud that will culminate at WrestleMania 30 when the two men face off one on one.  Bray and his family have targeted Cena for the past few months and in that time, the man known as The Eater of Worlds has attacked John on every level.

But while the angle has been a very interesting one thus far, the fact is that something must give for Cena.  His character has been under fire now perhaps more than he has been in quite some time and if any heel in WWE can facilitate a change for Cena, it's Bray Wyatt.

The reason for that lies in the fact that Bray is the polar opposite of Cena in every way.  And it's the differences that exist between the two men that have made the feud all the more intriguing.

On one side is Cena, the top star in WWE.  He is everything that the company wants: He is a physical specimen, he has the respect of the locker room and most importantly, he sells tickets.  WWE has had so much invested in John and he always delivers when called upon.

John Cena
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His character is that of the clean cut, wholesome protagonist.  John is above reproach, a man that will not bend or break in any situation despite how much the odds may be against him.  He is loyal to his friends as well as his fans and he always makes the right decisions.

On the other side is Bray, a man that is still finding his way in WWE.  He is the kind of antagonist that the company can utilize in so many ways because he is so talented.  Bray has the ability to move the crowd when he speaks, to cause an immediate impact despite what Superstar is in his sights at any given time.

Bray's character is dark and enigmatic, with a twisted way of looking at the world around him.  He is willing to do anything to get what he wants and he leads his family by preying on their insecurities as well as their willingness to give up their individuality to him.

The two men could not be more opposite and if that was not enough, the fact is that Bray's character cares nothing about winning or losing.  So in addition to the differences that exist between them, there also lurks the very present danger of Bray's obsession with Cena which has nothing to do with beating him at WrestleMania.

Bray Wyatt has nothing to lose and that means he is the most dangerous heel that John has faced in quite some time.

The truth is that Bray Wyatt will not stop.  Win or lose at Mania, he will likely not slow down in his efforts to bring WWE's golden idol crashing down for the world to see.  Even though Cena has faced strong opposition in the past, the truth is that Bray is unlike anyone that WWE has ever put before John.

And in a somewhat surprising moment, Cena actually admitted on Raw that he is afraid of Bray Wyatt. Thought the moment was rather fleeting as the program continued to move on, the fact is that it was perhaps the most important moment in the rivalry thus far.

For the first time since he locked horns with Bray, John has admitted weakness.  For any other WWE Superstar, that admission may not be much of a big deal, but for John Cena it could mean everything.

In fact, it could mean the future of his character.  The reason for that is because if Bray continues to get into John's head, then fans could potentially see the character change that they have so desperately wanted for so long.  And if anyone can deliver that, it's Bray Wyatt.

The change in question may not be a heel turn however.  The truth is that WWE may not be ready to turn Cena and that moment may not ever happen at all.  But the change could be even more substantial than that.

From the time he began working as the company's top guy, Cena's character has been constant.  He smiles, he salutes, he cracks corny jokes and he typically always wins much more than he loses.  John basically looks the same now as he did 10 years ago and none of that is likely changing without some huge assistance from an outside force.

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That outside force is Bray Wyatt, who could possibly take John's smile away.  He could end the fun and games that John's character enjoys so much and he could even alter Cena's way of thinking as a WWE Superstar.

Bray's lasting effect on Cena could actually sharpen John's focus in the ring.  As Cena watches the main roster fill up with top future prospects like The Wyatts, The Shield, Cesaro and Big E, he could begin seeing his own place slipping away from him.

And instead of laughing it off or chalking it up to the fact that he always wears a target, Cena could actually become more intense.  He could leave behind the clean cut, kind-heart persona that he has become known for and adopt a real killer instinct.

That does not necessarily mean that he would begin cheating in the ring or take cheap shots against another Superstar.  But if the moment called for it, he would be more open to the idea of it than he is right now.

The bottom line is that Cena's character is enduring more mind games and more personal attacks than he maybe ever has.  And if the character change that fans have been wanting for so long is actually going to happen, it could be Bray Wyatt that brings it on.