Headed into a WrestleMania rematch between Bray Wyatt and John Cena at Extreme Rules, several fans are fixated on the fear of a second consecutive win for Cena:
Bray Wyatt Needs To Defeat John Cena At Extreme Rules - Bray Wyatt needs to secure a... http://t.co/VyfOMsFi91— Sports News Junkie (@SportNewsJunkie) April 22, 2014
With the way this rematch is being built up, I'm scared John Cena might beat Bray Wyatt AGAIN at Extreme Rules. Don't put it past WWE #RAW— DerekJ407 (@Best_HEEL_Ever) April 22, 2014
But, let's be honest: Wins and losses are beside the point with a character like Bray Wyatt.
He's got an Undertaker aura about him. Any adherence to rules and sanctions make him seem uncomfortably human.
During his WrestleMania match against John Cena, the story was Wyatt urging Cena to tap into his dark side. The idea was Cena had to become a monster in order to stop Wyatt.
Through suspect acting and facial expressions, Cena was (barely) able to convey his internal struggles to remain true to his TV-PG fanbase.
Thankfully, will power won out. Cena went on to defeat Wyatt with no help from the devil. (This, of course, is subjective depending on whether or not you believe Cena to be the devil himself.)
This match proved the theory that Wyatt is above wins and losses. His goal was not to “go through Cena” and become a top dog so much as it was to screw with his head.
Again, he doesn't care about winning. Cena said as much in a (kayfabe) sit-down interview with Michael Cole.
At WrestleMania XXX, any wrestling move Wyatt exhausted was incidental as he set up for his next mind game designed to facilitate a John Cena freakout.
There were points where referee John Cone, of all people, served as Cena's conscience, bizarrely coaching the top star through moments when it seemed he might break. See? Even the ref knew this was beyond the realm of a contest. Contests just aren't the Wyatt way.
His gentle kiss to an opponent's forehead, which he does prior to hitting his Sister Abigail finisher, is symbolic of an apology of sorts. In doing so, Wyatt is apologizing for putting his opponent down. He didn't want to have to do it, brother. Forgive him. The match wasn't part of his ascension in WWE's rat race.
It's just a method to his madness.
To him, a victory is nothing more than a bargaining chip to help him convert potential followers. He'll temporarily rise up to our superficial levels of competition if it means his opponent will eventually sink into mental imprisonment.
A long Wyatt-Cena feud will say more about the Bray Wyatt character than pinning Cena's shoulders to a mat ever could. What's important here is the longevity of this feud, not the result.
Because if Cena continues to view Wyatt as a threat that must be vanquished, Bray Wyatt wins.