Bray Wyatt faces the biggest test of his career so far this Sunday when he takes on John Cena in the culmination of the duo’s recent program.
A good, solid performance in the match—preferably ending with Wyatt eking out the clean win—would go great lengths to aiding his blossoming career. A mediocre, losing performance will probably send his stock in the company plummeting.
So, no pressure then, Bray.
Thankfully, though, I think the star will be more than up to the challenge at WrestleMania 30. I also determine that he will be helped significantly by good booking.
Let’s face it: Cena doesn’t need the victory. He’s invincible. He can lose—even cleanly—and it won’t affect his status in the industry one bit. Vince McMahon and his team of writers have to know this.
(Expect Erick Rowan and Luke Harper to get involved in the bout too at some point, ensuring their leader’s victory and providing Cena with a valid excuse for his loss.)
After that, look for Wyatt to become the company’s next big heel.
Since debuting in July of last year amid much fanfare, Wyatt has emerged as a standout performer.
His scary and often lengthy promos on Raw and SmackDown are dazzling and truly unsettling sometimes. He’s genuinely got something in terms of star power and unique charisma—something WWE appears to realize. It would not be hyperbole to compare him to a young Jake “The Snake” Roberts or Terry Funk.
A certainly awesome and catchy theme song also enhances his act.
But it’s not just in the personality and promo department that the former NXT star shines: As evidenced by his terrific match with Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble, as well as his sterling work in the Wyatt Family’s phenomenal six-man tag matches with The Shield, he is actually a very good wrestler too.
Notably, he’s far better at in-ring psychology than the vast majority of wrestlers on the roster. He’s a natural at it.
Following WrestleMania, Wyatt will likely continue to feud with Cena. It’s hard to see their heated issues being settled after merely one pay-per-view match. This will serve to keep him in the spotlight.
Another Bray/Bryan feud may not be out of the question either, particularly if Bryan emerges from New Orleans this Sunday with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Yes, Wyatt winning the title at some point in 2014 isn’t out of the question. You could even argue it’s quite likely to happen. All indications are he really will emerge as one of WWE’s top heels this year.