123. John Cena vs Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing Match, WWE Payback 2014)

I wanted to leave it unfinished…but the final match of the John Cena/Bray Wyatt 2014 feud kept calling me, in my dreams, in my waking life. A Last Man Standing match, this was the rubber match after Wyatt defeated Cena in a mediocre cage match (thanks to a Wyatt-possessed child (click here for my review!)). I remember watching this at the time, and while thinking it was a better match than their previous two efforts, it still wasn’t anything special. I thought the same this second time around.

I only specifically remembered the end to this bout. And it turns out that’s the only memorable high spot from Cena and Wyatt during the bout (oh, maybe apart from Cena chucking the steel steps from inside the ring onto Wyatt on the outside). The other memorable high spots come not from the two opponents, but from the Usos and the extended Wyatt Family. The Usos come out to help Cena against the Wyatt Family at the beginning of the bout. They brawl with Luke Harper and Eric Rowan into the backstage area. A quarter of an hour later, they make their way back into the ring.

And an Uso (not sure which one) and Luke Harper give us the best spot pf the match: Harper superplexing an Uso from the top rope through a table on the outside of the ring. It overshadows anything Cena and Wyatt put out. That’s not to say they put on a bad bout…just a standard Last Man Standing match that doesn’t stray far from Cena’s typical Last Man Standing matches (along with ‘I Quit’ matches, Cena was once the king of Last Man Standing matches at one point).

So yes, this was the best match of their 2014 feud…but that’s not a hard bar to leap over. When the best spot in the match happens between two people who aren’t a part of said bout, something’s not right, is it? Skip these feud, and move straight on to their WrestleMania 36 “match” (click here for my review). Although to fully appreciate that match, you have to have watched some of this feud…!!!

Hammy’s Rating: *** (out of 5)

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