For those who criticize John Cena's same old routine all of these years, you need to place some blame on who Cena had to work with.
Cena's opponents were often too similar to himself. They were the typical WWE guy, wrestlers like The Rock, Randy Orton and Batista. These are all guys who had different levels of charisma but were in many ways alike.
They are nothing like Bray Wyatt, though.
At Extreme Rules, Wyatt is going to force the best out of Cena in a way we haven't seen. I'm not talking about a fast-talking Hollywood star getting his one-liner sexual innuendos in or getting the audience to chant “Fruity Pebbles.” I'm not talking the battle of who is the top guy for WWE in this era. I'm not talking about another repetitive chase for a world title.
I'm talking about a guy whose character is complex and intriguing. Wyatt is a character who wants to see Cena's legacy burn, a character who doesn't care about Cena merchandise and cliches about hustle.
Since the build for WrestleMania, the Wyatt character has been pushing Cena to hold his own in this feud. So far, it's worked. The Wyatt/Cena segments are compelling every week.
Wyatt doesn't appear to be slowing down, and this past week with the children singing was another layer to all of this. I loved the representation of how the stereotypical Cena fan is a younger child. “Let's go Cena” chants can always be heard in high-pitched voices while the “Cena sucks” chants are followed in deeper voices.
The sound of sweet high-pitched voices singing that song was a great nod to the Cena legacy and the fact that his fanbase is dominated by a younger demographic.
Cena has his work cut out for him this Sunday. This match should be as physical as any other of the night. Cena is very talented and can work well with almost anyone. He doesn't get enough credit for that.
What I've noticed over the years with Cena is that he plays to the level of his competition inside the ring. If he can go out there and do less, he will. If someone like a CM Punk wants to push him to his limit to get a great match, then you get great matches.
Wyatt, although younger and less experienced, brings a different style and psychology to the ring. Ring psychology is largely understanding logically what your character would or wouldn't do and at what times.
Wyatt is young, but he knows his character extremely well. This could make for one of the best performances of both Cena and Wyatt's careers this Sunday in the steel cage.
Sunday could be the end of this feud, but it could also be just another chapter and continue on in the summer.
If that happens and Wyatt gets to continue to push Cena, I can't even imagine how much better this could all get.
Justin LaBar is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the creator of the "Chair Shot Reality" video talk show and "Wrestling Reality" radio show.
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