WWE produced a promo masterclass for John Cena vs Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 30


Five years have passed since one of the ultimate modern day hero versus villain battles between baby face hero Mr “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect” John Cena and the Sinister preacher bad guy and heel Bray Wyatt with his Wyatt family members Erick Rowan and Luke Harper at WrestleMania 30.

The promo itself is certainly one of the best in the past decade and was produced back in 2014. The WrestleMania promo song choice is also excellent; ‘Eminem’s - Legacy’, and captures the storyline superbly. It emphasises the fact that this match is not about titles, but about preserving a 12-year legacy.

What highlighted intrigue was that both of these superstars were at different stages in their careers. Cena had won 15 World Championships at this point and had achieved pretty much everything in the business.

He had also achieved victories over renowned superstars such as The Rock, Randy Orton and Olympic gold medal winner Kurt Angle.

On the other side you had the preacher Bray Wyatt, who was very much starting out. Wyatt is a third generation superstar who had previously debuted as Husky Harris in WWE’s development show NXT before launching himself as Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt family in 2012.

The feud began in 2014 at the Royal Rumble. After Wyatt had defeated Daniel Bryan, he and the Wyatt family subsequently cost Cena the World Championship match against Orton. They then continued to torment Cena by costing him the Elimination Chamber match on February 23, 2014.

What followed was Cena challenging Wyatt to a match at WrestleMania after the third generation superstar claimed that Cena’s heroic image for the fans was nothing more than an act and Wyatt planned on exposing this to the WWE Universe.

The younger fans certainly got behind their hero, however, the older generation of wrestling followers appreciated Wyatt’s rather disturbing tactics.

Through a series of matches with Harper and Rowan, the family would ambush Cena and humiliate him. They even made him wear one of Rowan’s sheep masks in a particularly memorable March 2014 edition of RAW.

On the final edition of RAW before WrestleMania, March 31, 2014, Cena would finally get the upper hand, surprising the Wyatt family with fellow wrestling ally R-Truth.

He subsequently produced a promo where he promised “to become the monster if that’s what it took to preserve the legacy.”

So would the established wrestler make way for one of the upcoming superstars? Not on this occasion as it would ultimately be Cena that would come out on top at The Grandest Stage Of Them All at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Overcoming all the odds, including interferences from Wyatt family members Harper and Rowan, Cena's legacy remained intact.

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