Tenemos que hablar de John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

Tenemos que hablar de John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

Did you guys hear that WrestleMania was too big for one night? Because I heard it seven hundred times for two nights. During this unusual edition of the grand event -which, honestly, much more bearable in this format- we’ve seen the most outlandish matches and moments in the history of WWE and wrestling in general. Probably what takes the first place prize in this case is the match set between John Cena and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. An authentic trip through space and time that has questioned what can be performed in a wrestling context and how to keep some kind of sense in the process. Of course this didn’t come without controversy from some people who want to preserve the combat sports aspect of pro wrestling above anything else. But to me there’s nothing that symbolizes pro wrestling like what was broadcasted on April 5th, 2020. And we’re gonna see why up next. John Cena comes out through the Performance Center stage and gives his brief pre-match speech, as per usual. This speech is a welcome to WrestleMania which is interfered by several warped clips of Vince McMahon and Gene Okerlund speaking the same phrase, mixed with warped eerie clips of the phrase “Let me in”. We’re entering not WrestleMania, but Bray Wyatt’s world. In fact, Wyatt starts off by saying “There’s another world that exists beyond our realm of comprehension”. This sentence prepares the spectator to expect the unexpected. We’re going to see, at last, that world. Anyone expecting this to be a normal match was truly oblivious to the mysterious name of the assigned stipulation. “Firefly Funhouse Match”. We’re talking about The Fiend who already has powers over our realm and unusual matches under regular conditions. What could you expect out of a match under undisclosed conditions? Actually, Bray describes this world as one where the darkest aspects of someone are exposed, and where angels, monsters, gods and demons are neighbours. It’s interesting to see how Bray shows the illustration of Anubis, the Egyptian god of death. If I remember correctly the last time we saw Anubis in a Firefly Funhouse segment was Thanksgiving Day, where Bray Wyatt describes Anubis as a reptilian trying to overtake humanity. This shows that Bray’s character takes a lot of inspiration from famous conspiracy theories regarding the human race and the destiny of the world. Behind Wyatt we see the phrase “Abandon all hope ye who exit here”, a reference to the verse “Abandon all hope ye who enter here”, from the Canto 3 of the Divine Comedy. A sentence that, in Dante Alighieri’s magnum opus, is written on the entrance to hell. The Kiddie TV Host says John Cena’s going to come out of that door and face his own worst enemy: Himself. Taking all signs into consideration, John Cena is going to go through his own personal hell. Cena is transported to the Funhouse and walks through the door. Under this darkness and the unsettling ambience sounds I well remember feeling very nervous watching this. Whoever was behind orchestrating the segment did a great job. Behind Cena we see Boss, Vince McMahon’s puppet representation. Boss asks John if he’s ready to do any possible sacrifice to get to the top of this business. The way in which Vince demands this seems to reference the outworldly effort that Cena put into his full time career in the company, giving even his soul for it. In other words, the price of fame. What price did Cena pay to get to where he is? Who did Cena run over to get to where he is? That is what Wyatt had called him out for in the road to this match. In addition, this is also mentioned in John Cena’s episode of the Ruthless Aggression docuseries, which came out earlier this year and is pretty fresh in the minds of the audience. This kicks off the following moment of the match. Bray Wyatt forces Cena to emulate his 2002 SmackDown debut. In the aformentioned documentary John Cena refers to this time as a failure, since his first year in the company was an uneventful disaster that led to him on the verge of being fired. Obviously, Wyatt rubs this on Cena’s face, who can’t even properly replicate his 2002 attack. Bray even mocks this singing Cena’s exfiance Nikki Bella’s entrance theme. Cena can only utter the words “Ruthless Aggression”. I consider this a commentary on the fact that, previous to becoming the Doctor of Basic Thuganomics, John could never develop a personality beyond this small moment. So Bray’s control transports Cena into that mental state. We see the… Uh, special guest commentators of this match, Macho Mercy and Mr. McBossman. A crystal clear reference to the commentary team of Randy Savage and Vince McMahon. This throws us into the ’80s for Saturday Night’s Main Event, the classic WWF show that ran once in a while. Due to this shift in time, we see the old blue steel cage in the foreground to Bray Wyatt, who cuts a very much ironic promo along John Cena. I believe the general gist on this past is to make commentary and satire on the state of pro wrestling in the late ’80s while comparing John Cena to that ideal of muscle wrestler, one that is vain and hollow. Cena shows up lifting weights to an exaggerated pace, so much so that he starts suffering while Wyatt slowly whispers his catchphrase “Let Me In”. John attempts to break free from this sort of mind control and releases the weights, something that Mr. McBossman disapproves of. But it’s all useless, Cena can barely move at all. He’s too drained to keep his arms up and has to watch still seeing Bray Wyatt ask him what is he going to do when he realizes egomania ran wild on him. Cena’s clear suffering can tell us that he’s not even happy with the position he finds himself in. Wyatt shoves Cena into another past moment of his career. John Cena is now the doctor of thuganomics. However, he is NOT the same doctor of the 2000s. Pay close attention to Cena’s attire. It’s exactly the same as what he wore at WrestleMania 35 when he confronted Elias. During that segment John freestyled openly saying he was going to bury Elias’ push because he was the worst wrestling experiment and then F-U’d him. In fact, there are a couple of similarities between that segment and this one. But also pay attention to what Cena’s exaclty wearing. New York Yankees clothing. …New York… Yankees? (CM Punk Moment) The big difference here is that this time there is no one there to cheer for John Cena’s childish insults. Bray calls him out for being a bully who takes other people’s weaknesses and turns them into jokes to stay with the higher momentum. That’s how he turned himself into the star he is today, after all. What Bray is saying, is what Cena did with Elias a year ago. This in turn answers the question that Mr. McBossman did earlier today. What is John Cena ready to do to get to the top? Becoming a corporate shell of a man who runs over other talent to be the #1 guy while selling himself as a hero in the process? And that’s where Bray tells Cena, “You’re not a hero”. Wyatt gives him one more shot at redemption, John tries to attack him but this takes us to the next segment. We’re back to classic cult leader Bray Wyatt. We’re back to 2014. We’re back to WrestleMania XXX. We’re back to the original John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. And there wouldn’t be a vintage Bray Wyatt without a vintage poetic cryptic promo. “I was the color red in a world full of black and white”. Bray was the exception in a sterile world. “I had the whole world in my hands”, Bray’s old catchphrase and at the same time the symbolism to the captivating prospects that were the Wyatt Family at the time. People were on trance with the young wrestler, they wanted to see him triumph. Bray asks him why didn’t he listen to the people, if John Cena was their supposed hero. I consider this question to have a double meaning. At WrestleMania XXX Bray wanted John to abandon his heroic facade to give in to his internal rage, and the crowd was on Bray’s side. At WrestleMania XXX John Cena defeated Bray Wyatt. Why did Cena the character not give in to that internal rage when even the people wanted to see that happen? Why did Cena the person not allow Bray Wyatt the person to go over him when even the people wanted to see that? Because, as Bray Wyatt said in the video package of this match, “John Cena does not care about the future, John Cena cares about John Cena”. Nevertheless, today everything changes. When we return to the ring both Wyatt and Cena are wearing their 2014 civilian attires, and Bray sets John up so that he ends up holding a chair. Bray offers him, then, that one opportunity to redeem himself. To fix the mistake, to rewrite history. And after the mental torture we’ve seen in the last 15 minutes… John Cena gives in to his rage. But Bray vanishes. It doesn’t matter tho. Whether Bray was there or not, it doesn’t matter. John already made his mind, he was going to hit him with the chair. What Kane tried to do in 2012, Wyatt could finally do it in 2020. Hate rose above John. And this lands us on the final segment. We’re at WCW Monday Nitro, or better said, nWo Monday Nitro. Bray Wyatt recreates a promo cut by Eric Bischoff on the December 22nd, 1997 edition of the show. In this episode Bischoff and the new World order dedicated the entire show to champion Hollywood Hulk Hogan, gifting him motorbikes, a limo and two Nitro Girls only for him. Guess who we see dressed up as Hollywood Hogan? Yeah, no surprises here. We also hear Mr. McBossman say the infamous phrase “This is such good shit” which, according to Jon Moxley, was told by Vince when pitching the Germaphobe Dean Ambrose gimmick. This is a post-ironic, maybe even self aware, remark on the situation. This is actually good shit, or is it? We have to remember that John Cena already made a choice. In his heart he is already the villain Wyatt called him out to be. So it’s sensible that he’s now representing the former hero turned villain Hollywood Hulk Hogan. It fits him right because Cena is slowly becoming a Hollywood star in real life. It’s also appropriate because throughout this whole madness, Bray Wyatt subtly presented John’s character as one who sold his soul in order to get to Hollywood. To be a part of… a New world order. Funnily enough, in September of 2012 WWE.com posted an article about old factions that could be revived (Fantasy booking) with modern members. Of course, a parragraph was dedicated to the idea of John Cena leading an encarnation of the nWo alongside Christian and Randy Orton. Lastly, it’d suit him well because next year WrestleMania is taking place in Hollywood. WrestleMania is coming back to the same place it was in 2005. The year where John Cena took that position as face of the company. Maybe in 2021 we’ll see an era going full circle. Back to the match, John doesn’t keep up with the charades anymore and strikes Bray down, assaulting him with violence. We’re shown a montage with people who faced John Cena, not just as a rival but as an institution. The hardcore ECW fans, Edge, Shawn Michaels, The Miz, CM Punk, the Cena Sucks chants. All those elements from the past who tried tumbling down Cena’s ideal as that invincible hero but couldn’t do it in the long run because Cena kept his smile. Maybe today, tho, we’ve seen the last straw. John Cena is back to wearing his current attire and Bray Wyatt turned into Huskis. We know Huskis represents Husky Harris, Bray’s first character a decade ago. John Cena is punching the past away because the present will end up surprising him with a relentless assault. The Fiend caresses his head with the Heal glove, then suffocates Cena with the Hurt glove. Off-voice of the words John Cena said days ago, “This WrestleMania match is set out to do what should have happened six years ago. Ending the existence of the most overhyped, overvalued and overprivileged WWE Superstar”. The difference now being, those words are used against John Cena himself. TV Host Bray Wyatt shows up to do the 3-count and the match ends. The Fiend has won. He’s made justice of his own for himself. He’s made symbolic justice for all the alleged victims of John Cena’s massive push in this century. But this is not the end, especially for John Cena. Psychoanalist Carl Jung once said that the most terryfying thing is to fully accept ourselves. Accepting that side of us we would love to pretend is not there. Jung gave the name “shadow” to that side. I believe Bray Wyatt is toying with those concepts when setting up his rivalries. Finn Bálor, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, and now John Cena. Which is each one’s true self? I think we’re beginning to see them. And I think Goldberg in particular was someone who had no shadow to hide, having come out immaculate out of his showdown with The Fiend. Bray Wyatt’s future is uncertain but exciting, and the same can be said about the disturbed John Cena. In the last few years Cena’s character has had a notorious crisis, to the point where he got desperate against the Undertaker being defeated in the process. To the point where he had to rehash an act from the past to ride over Elias. To the point where his original plan was announcing that he was not taking part in WrestleMania this year instead of just not doing it. Cena during this whole period of time and especially after being defeated and shoved away by people like AJ Styles and Roman Reigns, has been trying to run away from something he wanted to avoid. At WrestleMania 36 Bray Wyatt showed him that which Cena wanted to avoid. His shadow. His worst enemy. John Cena. But this match also shows something bigger than Bray or John. It shows a new field for professional wrestling. It makes us question what can we expect from this business and why, It’s exactly what Bray asked at the beginning of this. “Who we really are, and why do we do the things that we do”. This is a medium that has constantly evolved nonstop since early last century. A medium that should keep evolving constantly and nonstop. After this match we didn’t have to wait long for detractors to undermine it arguing that it was stupid, pointless or that it had nothing to do with wrestling. But, what really is wrestling? There will always be experiments in pro wrestling. There will always be people to cheer for those experiments and people to criticise them. But no matter what I say, what Jim Cornette says or what you say, those experiments will still take place. And time will tell if they’re here to stay or to end in oblivion. And again, it should be that way, This match pushed the boundaries and showed us that possibilities are endless. Because yes, it was a match. It was match set for this card and it happened exactly as it was set: The first Firefly Funhouse Match in history. The first one of his kind. Not everything is black or white in this business; as Bray himself said, he’s the color red in a world full of black and white. This match being a thing doesn’t entail that every wrestling match is going to be like this from now on. Or that pro wrestling as we know it will cease to exist. NJPW will not shut down because two dudes fought in a cemetery. Wrestling is not over because of this match, or Undertaker vsAJ Styles’. However, it is going to make wrestling more diverse and fun than it already is. And that, I welcome with open arms. I’m the Xavster. I’ll see you in the next one.

79 thoughts on “Tenemos que hablar de John Cena vs Bray Wyatt

  1. Goldberg si fue afectado por el Fiend, Goldberg estaba retirado y al derrotarlo se convirtio en campeon

  2. Tenía muchas ganas que hablaras de esta joya ya se extrañaban tus video. Edit: te pasaste con el análisis estuvo brutal

  3. Carajo me frustra que no tengas más números que te puedo decir que no te haya dicho en el HB o en Twitter eres un cabron un grande un análisis impecable mereces ser conocido por todos los fans de la lucha libre felicidades Xav

  4. La verdad me gustó, aunq haya sido muy pero muy poco realista. Hubiera preferido una lucha con storytelling. Pero dado las circunstancias estuvo bn.

  5. La "lucha" fue increíble, la disfrute de principio a fin. Que bueno que dejaron a Bray a cargo de esto y no lo hicieron hacer otro match como el que tuvo con Randy (el de los gusanos proyectados en el ring)

  6. Veo que ya se están peleando. xD "Lucha", "segmento", sólo son sustantivos intercambiables. Para mí, es una lucha porque así lo ha dictado el canon de WWE. Pero se llame como se llame, no cambia lo que pasó o tu percepción de esto. Le están dando demasiadas vueltas a un tema de nomenclatura que poco va a afectar al hecho en sí.

  7. Solo se… Bray Wyatt despues de retirarse DEBE ser creativo, o al menos aventurarse a escribir una pelicula de terror. No dudo que buena aprte de esto vino de su creatiamente, y es muy genial ver como vez tras vez Husky Harris logro reinventarse, sin importar las caidas y bajas que tuvo en su carrera. Parece que cada ''entierro'' solo lo hace volver mas creativo, y eso es magnifico.

  8. Xavs, sos el que mejor maneja las historias de WWE a comparación de todos los canales de Wrestling/WWE, seguí así, buen vídeo.

  9. Gran video Xav!! siempre informas muuy bien tus videos llenos de cosas que muchos no notamos en la lucha enserio eres de los mejores Youtubers de la comunidad del Wrestling enserio te admiro mucho ! <3

    Saluditos !!

  10. Aunq me desagrado la derrota ante goldberg ; con el hecho de que goldberg no tenia miedo a nada que esconder como los otros oponentes de the fiend tiene sentido esa victoria aunq claro no quita el hecho de que no me gustara

  11. Fue algo muy bueno y me transmitió muchas emociones como miedo, ira , rabia, oscuridad, desesperación, como de algo desde el nombre del match que no suenan ah algo normal pero cuando empezó hiso que mi mente diera un giro de 360º con todo lo que pasaba todos esos giños a las derrotas y victorias mas a sus perdidas y como todo termina de una forma excelente con The Fiend y Bray logrando lo que no pudieron hacer en wrestlemania 30.

  12. Que buen video… Aunque me perdí esto este WM, valió la pena gastar los datos para ver este video y un buen regalo de cumpleaños ?

  13. Woa este video estuvo genial enserio tienes una vista increíble y eres el único que veo que mira todo a fondo y lo de que cada enemigo de the fiend aya cambiado si lo vi pero no pensé que sería sus verdaderas caras. Creía que solo cambiaron de heel a face y de face a heel y ya un aplauso para este hombre ????????????

  14. Excelente resumen hermano, esta y la lucha de AJ y Undertaker seran las mas recordadas de este wrestlemania

  15. Todo lo que dijo el Xacster tiene razón y con buenos fundamentos y más sobre de que el Pro Wrestling tiene mucho más que ofrecer. No tiene límites.
    Gracias a Bray me hizo abrir los ojos

    PD: me gustaría que analices el Aj Styles vs Undertaker. XAVSTER

  16. 9:05 ese ESE es el momento clave de esto.
    Creo que se viene un cena muy … diferente.

  17. la verdad es que cuando la vi en vivo no le preste mucha atención pero gracias por esta explicación muy buen segmento lucha eso mismo.

    pd: eres el mejor en esto soy tu fan,estoy esperando el vídeo de kara noir

  18. Me parece que, si el personaje lo requiere, debemos aceptar por completo este tipo de combates. Porque Okada o WALTER no necesitarán de esto, pero, queda muy mal que los poderes sobrenaturales de The Fiend o Undertaker queden en apagar las luces o cambiarlas de color cuando tenemos el poder de la edición y los efectos especiales de nuestro lado. Podemos nutrir mejor las historias contadas con esto.

  19. Excelentísimo video bro !!! Me encantó de principio a fin, descubrí cosas que no había notado/entendido gracias a ti, saludos desde República Dominicana

  20. Fantástico vídeo. Pensé que había entendido todo del "match", pero acá entendí mucho más.

  21. 04:38 creo que el hecho que se llame Macho Mercy y lleve una camisa hawaiana, tambien es una referencia a Waylon Mercy el wrestler del que saco la idea Bray Wyatt para su personaje de Devorador de Mundos

  22. Cuando John Cena Doctor Thuganomics ataca a Bray, y este lo esquiva Bray rodea su puño con una cadena
    Haciendo referencia a cuando Carlito de quito el U.S Championship a Cena de esa manera

  23. Ahora en serio, esto lo ha dirigido David Lynch ¿verdad? Esto no lo ha dirigido un creativo normal y corriente de WWE

  24. 13:19 Goldberg no fue afectado por The Fiend porque este es un personaje monotono, generico y sin inseguridades. La debilidad de The Fiend es la gente generica. Hubo un detalle en el segmento de la NWO que referencia a la frase de Wyatt: "Yo era el rojo en un mundo de blanco y negro". Cuando Wyatt hace de Bischoff lleva puesta la remera ROJA del NWO Wolfpac (que era una rebelion en contra de Hogan y su NWO)

  25. Ademas Cena, en el inicio de la lucha aparece, en las sombras que lo rodean. Y also, Jim Cornette chupanos la pija a todos los que realmente nos gusta la lucha libre.

  26. Por eso tenía altas expectativas en la opinión que pudiese emitir Xav. Excelente analisis y si bien es cierto cada uno puede tener distintos gustos eso no cambia lo que se vio en el combate/segmento y es cuestión de verlo con otra óptica y aceptar de una vez que el Wrestling dejo de ser ese Wrestling q había en años anteriores, el producto se ha ido transformando y eso no tiene nada de malo pero si se necesita madurez para aceptar los cambios que puedan seguir viniendo. Lo que sí creo es que no es el final de John Cena quien sabe y se escriba toda una historia de redención que lo lleve a ganar su décimo séptimo campeonato, en lo particular me gustaría que sea así.

  27. Recién me doy cuenta de que estás en WSP, Xav. Buenos videos, sigue así, a este paso los veré todos hoy día

  28. Me alegra ver que entendieras el mensaje críptico de la Farily Fun House match, lo que pinta el personaje de aquí al futuro es sublime.

  29. La verdad, esperaba una referencia a Neon Genesis Evangelion 🙁 haha, viendo algunos de tus videos pasados donde llegaste a colocar soundtrack de JoJo's pensé que harías lo mismo en este video. Aun asi me encanto el video e igualmente todo lo que haces.

  30. Aún no termino el video, pero me encanta como vas analizando las cosas y referencias del segmento/combate xd. Y me gustó como narraste. Muy buen video 🙂
    Luego de ver esto, creo que es de mis segmentos/luchas favoritos, la psicología, referencias, y frases me encantaron. Por eso adoro a Matt Hardy y su universo Broken
    Espero ver más cosas cómo estas a futuro 🙂

  31. La clase de segmentos/luchas/entretenimiento como Undertaker vs AJ, Total Deletion, Firefly Fun House Match, abre mucho las posibilidades, el wrestling cinematográfico, es parte de la evolución… Encuentros de en sueño, que se podrían dar, mediante las facilidades que esto ofrece… Un Sting vs Taker, el uso de dobles, efectos especiales, edición, podría dar grandes resultados, en lugar de tener dos ancianos en un ring, que ya no están en su mejor momento… Hay que creer en los cambios, si todo fuera igual, que en el pasado actualmente tendríamos campeones con 8 años de reinado…

  32. Sinceramente yo dudaba del personaje de the fiend pero posterior a ese segmento solo espero con ansias ver mas de lo que es capaz en el storytelling

  33. Jim Cornette tiene toda la razón, o sea la idea fue bien llevada pero la edicion de video fue malisima, todo estaba muy quieto, si se supone que era un pensamiento interno porque no lo pusieron al menos de costado y de colores no se, o un tirabuzon que simulaba obvio un "entrar en su mente" o un aurea del tipo tinieblas, o un espejismo que se yo, obvio que todo esto es genial para quienes conocemos toda la historia de ambos, pero gente que ni papas conoce nada de esto, estaran perdidos, es obvio que si yo me lo goze, pero como ya dije no parecia una escena dentro de la mente de nadie, falto mucho mas edicion

  34. Solo esperemos que @WWE y @FOX hagan lo correcto con esta excelente historia que supuestamente están realizando

  35. A mi me gusto este segmento o lucha o como le quieran decir, pero la estipulación "lucha de la casa de Las luciernagas" me gusto por 3 Razones

    1. Se apega al Plano de un formato grabado ya que este wrestlemania al no tener publico y entregar una estipulación desconocida, que mejor que grabar un video para que la gente lo vea desde su casa (como la pelea de Undertaker vs Aj Styles)

    2. Cena aprovechando su historia en la WWW, estar limitado porque ocupa cuidar su condición física (y cosas contractuales), y este video le sirvio mucho para mejorar su actuación

    3. Bray Wayatt demostrando que cuando te dejan crear un personaje y trabajar con el se puede lograr algo excelente, claro como lucha es nula ya que no existe una lucha como tal, pero sirvio mucho para rescatar un poco la credibilidad de un personaje tan bueno como lo es "The Find" (después de la pesima desición en Arabia), y estan innovando, yo en lo personal no pensé que se atreviaran a tanto, que Bray hiciera una gran actuación y que Las referencias y todas Las cosas sirvieran para dejar clara la idea que se planteó desde el inicio "¿que seria capaz de hacer John Cena para llegar a la cima?"

    Yo no soy fan del Entretenimiento que maneja WWE, pero en estos casos y mas con un evento que es tan importante se tiene que arriesgar (yo en lo personal me hubiese gustado que se aplasara), pero para lo que pudieron ofrecer, a esta lucha yo si la pongo como lo más interesante que pudieron entregar, y rescatar la poca credibilidad de Bray Wayatt

  36. Que tremendo análisis. No me cabe la menor duda que sos el mejor canal de Wrestling enfocado en Storylines.

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