On Monday, WWE confirmed the long rumored match between Bray Wyatt and the company's top star John Cena for WrestleMania 30 on April 6. With the official confirmation of this match, various pundits have expressed that this bout has all the potential to steal the show at WM 30. One such pundit to publicly declare this sentiment was WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross. According to a March 11 report by JrsBarq.com, Ross' official website, Jim Ross made the following comments:
What if I told you that John Cena and Bray Wyatt will arguably steal the show at WM30? Roll your eyes if you want but when you pair two, athletic performers with legit football backgrounds, both offensive linemen, expect their work rate to increase and their match to be a '10' on the physicality chart."
Over the last month, John Cena has stated on WWE programming that the future of the company goes through him. He openly challenged anyone in the WWE locker room to face him if they were looking to become the next main event player within the company. The one superstar to answer this challenge was Bray Wyatt.
However, Wyatt's dealings with Cena began long before John's open challenge. The Wyatt family first went after Cena at the Royal Rumble in January. Bray and his family members came out during the WWE world title match and caused Cena to lose to Randy Orton. Then in February, the Wyatt family came out and interfered in the Elimination Chamber match, causing Cena to lose that match as well. Wyatt has stated repeatedly that he's out to destroy Cena and everything that John stands for.
Cena has been in the main event of five WrestleManias, including the last three in a row.:
- WM 22 - Cena defeated HHH via submission
- WM 23 - Cena defeated Shawn Michaels via submission
- WM 27 - The Miz defeated Cena via pinfall
- WM 28 - The Rock defeated Cena via pinfall
- WM 29 - Cena defeated The Rock via pinfall
For his career, Cena has a 7-3 record in 10 appearances.
Bray Wyatt has yet to officially compete at a WrestleMania PPV. He and his family members debuted on the July 8 episode of RAW last year. Since then, Wyatt has skyrocketed up the ladder not only in terms of storylines but also in terms of popularity.
The two superstars match up very well against each other. As Ross pointed out, this match will be a physical one. The duo's previous encounters have been stiff, physical and intense. Both wrestlers have also displayed a great deal of athleticism in their careers, especially for men of their size. Additionally, Cena raises his performances to an elite level on the biggest of stages. It's expected that Bray will rise to the occasion as he comes from a family rich in wrestling success: his father Mike Rotunda, his uncles Barry and Kendall Windham, and his grandfather the legendary Blackjack Mulligan.
This match between Wyatt and Cena is huge for a few reasons, mostly for Bray Wyatt. A strong showing will continue to elevate his character. A victory over Cena, which is what this columnist is hoping for, will help to cement Wyatt as one of the top stars in the company. Regardless of the outcome, Cena vs. Wyatt has all of the makings to steal the show at WM 30 on Sunday, April 6.