There will be talk in some circles that John Cena's rivalry with the enigmatically brilliant Bray Wyatt is one of the best feuds he has produced in years, and in all fairness, the rivalry really has delivered on a number of levels. It has revealed a new side of Cena, and he has even produced a couple of exciting matches—including their most recent battle at Extreme Rules.
There will be a third straight match between Cena and Wyatt on pay-per-view at Payback, as the two go at it in a Last Man Standing match. However, that stipulation immediately raises red flags in terms of the possibility of Wyatt being buried by Cena.
The stipulation itself suggests that Cena will not lose—his character is built around never giving up and always fighting until the very end, after all.
Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that Cena loses to Wyatt at Payback to avoid the ugly possibility of Wyatt being buried—and he must lose clean.
After the result at Extreme Rules, there is still a sense that Wyatt isn't exactly being put over in the correct manner. Sure, he beat Cena inside a steel cage—but only with the interference of that creepy child to throw Cena off balance somewhat.
We've been here plenty of times before, and Wyatt cannot be allowed to be added to the list of Cena's vanquished and buried rivals when they meet at Payback.
It has only been a year since Cena was headlining the Payback pay-per-view, when he faced Ryback for the WWE Championship. That match was just one of a number of encounters the two had in 2013—and it was a rivalry that eventually saw Ryback buried by Cena. Look at where he is now—his fall from grace has been staggering.
You can go further back into the archives, too. Wade Barrett was buried by Cena in the past, as were a whole host of other stars. The thought of adding Wyatt to a list like that is pretty scary—the WWE cannot allow it to happen again.
Cena has a track record of failing to put people over, at least in the minds of many wrestling fans. Losing clean to Wyatt would elevate the status of Cena in the ranks of a lot of those fans—and would also cement the bright future Wyatt seems destined to have. Cena has buried a few fair guys in the past—the superbly outrageous Wyatt must not be one of them.