As expected, Bray Wyatt and John Cena delivered a sterling match at WrestleMania 30.
Cena was tremendous as a pushed-to-the-breaking-point babyface. At points, you could really believe Wyatt's campaign of fear and hate against Cena had driven him over the edge.
The referee crying at one point, “No, John! No! This isn't you!” as the star geared up to get really violent was so wonderfully melodramatic, it was difficult not to enjoy.
Wyatt, too, churned out a strong performance, as he continued to mess with his foe's head throughout the match. And his creepy, Exorcist-type spider walk remains one of the most innovative and crowd-pleasing moves in wrestling today.
Sadly, this is where the good news ends.
As you know by now, Cena pinned Wyatt with the Attitude Adjustment to bring the bout to a woefully disappointing ending.
As I pointed out last week, Wyatt winning at WrestleMania 30 was the booking team's only sensible option. He desperately needed the win to establish his credibility and long-term potential. Coming up short was a significant blow.
Of course, WWE will attempt to rehabilitate the star in the next few weeks. During the six-man tag team match on Monday's Raw (the Wyatts took on Sheamus, Cena and Big E.), he got to pin Big E. to pick up the win for his team.
He'll probably pick up the victory against Cena at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, assuming the two have a match at the event. But really, the company wouldn't have to rehab his career if it hadn't, you know, damaged it in the first place.
Cena gained nothing from the victory. Wyatt had everything to gain. Come on, it’s Wrestling Booking 101.
So why did the writers make the call to have Cena go over?
Who knows? It is possible that while Wyatt's still receiving a big push and has performed well in his role as a top heel, WWE still lacks a lot of faith in him and his ability to headline.
He wouldn’t be the first upper midcarder to hit the glass ceiling, would he? Look at guys like Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio.
Or maybe Vince McMahon just didn't want the face of the company losing in a mere midcard bout.
Cena has lost at WrestleMania before, of course, but that was in the main event when he took on megastar The Rock. Wyatt obviously doesn't have anything close to The Rock's high profile.
Regardless, the star's crushing loss at WrestleMania 30 sticks out as one of the most nonsensical WWE booking decisions ever. That's how bad it was.
How can Bray ever recover from this?