After falling to John Cena at WrestleMania XXX, Bray Wyatt was able to exact some revenge Sunday night as he defeated his nemesis in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules. WrestleZone.com had the news:
Cena was getting ready to exit the cage..... but a kid stopping Cena. Oh my god thay was creepy as hell. #Wrestlezone— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) May 5, 2014
Bray Wyatt walks out of the cage, and wins this match. #Wrestlezone I need a parent.— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) May 5, 2014
Bleacher Report's Chris Mueller breaks down the odd scene at the end of the match:
Cena crawls toward the door, but the lights go out before he makes it out. A kid appears on the steps singing in a distorted voice.
Cena turns around into Sister Abigail. Wyatt walks out the door and wins.
The WWE creative parody account made a joke about the little kid:
The WWE Universe Twitter account provided video of Cena's entrance:
Cena's feud with Wyatt started way back at Royal Rumble when Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan cost him the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton. Ever since that point, Wyatt has set out to make Cena's life a living hell and attempted to ruin his reputation in the process.
Although Cena was able to beat Wyatt at WrestleMania XXX after resisting the urge to use a steel chair and get disqualified, that was only the beginning of Cena's issues with The Eater of Worlds.
Things truly seemed to reach a fever pitch on the go-home edition of Raw prior to Extreme Rules. The WWE Universe voted Cena into a three-on-one handicap match against the Wyatt Family one week earlier, which prompted Cena to essentially scold the WWE fans.
Cena was then interrupted by a choir of children who sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," which has become Wyatt's anthem in recent weeks.
The WWE's narrative is that Wyatt has been stealing Cena's fans and basically converting them into his followers. That point was driven home when the children donned sheep masks, as seen in this photo courtesy of WWE's Instagram account:
Wyatt hammered home the symbolic point afterward by tweeting a reference to the fact that his following is seemingly growing, while Cena's is dwindling:
A king is only as strong as the army behind him.............. #TheWholeWorldInHisHands— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) April 28, 2014
The segment seemed to hit home for a sizable portion of the WWE audience, and it earned praise from many within the business, including legendary announcer Jim Ross:
The opening segment on #RAWSTLOUIS was memorable..creepy..provokes thought. Like a blind date...— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 29, 2014
With Wyatt gaining a ton of momentum by virtue of the mind games he used to break Cena on Raw, it only made sense to finally give him a victory over his foe, and that is precisely what happened at Extreme Rules.
Wyatt has been portrayed as a character who cares more about destroying Cena than actually beating him in matches, although WWE ran the risk of seriously damaging Wyatt's credibility with repeated losses. If nothing else, the tide was stemmed in that regard at Extreme Rules.
Over the years, the biggest criticism of Cena has been his penchant for beating rising stars and ultimately sending them down the card. There is little doubt that Wyatt has staying power, and earning a win of this magnitude over one of WWE's all-time greats suggests that WWE's decision-makers have a great deal of confidence in him.
As for Cena, this loss could be a landmark one at this stage in his career. It validates Wyatt's platform in many ways, and perhaps it can serve as a catalyst for a much-needed change in Cena's stale character.
That isn't to say that Cena is going to turn heel, which is something that fans have been clamoring for, but it would be nice to see him take on a permanent edge rather than trying to be a comedian all the time.
Does Wyatt's win over Cena give him credibility as a potential top guy?
Now that Wyatt finally has some legitimacy in the form of a win over Cena, it is certainly possible that his fanbase will become even more raucous and vocal in its support of Wyatt as well as its dislike for Cena.
Since Wyatt and Cena have traded pay-per-view victories, there is little doubt that another big match between them is on the horizon. In the past, Cena would have been given the rubber-match victory, which would have sent a guy like Wyatt plummeting down the card.
While that type of booking made sense at times, it damaged a lot of promising careers as well. That same mistake can't be made with an over heel such as Wyatt, but it is understandable why Wyatt's fans might be concerned.
This match was a big step in the right direction in terms of cementing Wyatt and altering Cena, but WWE must continue on this path or else it risks going down a familiar path with Cena and his red-hot adversary.
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