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WrestleMania 30: John Cena beats Bray Wyatt

WWE superstar John Cena arrives at the Hard

WWE superstar John Cena arrives at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan Tuesday, April 1, 2014, as they kick off Wrestlemania 30 during a week long list of activities leading to the April 6th main event. Credit: Craig Ruttle

At WrestleMania 27 John Cena faced WWE champ The Miz, the idea being to push Miz into mainstream star status.

It didn't work, and that failure has continually prompted the question of whether Cena facing up with Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 30 on Sunday at the Superdome in New Orleans was a good idea.

But unlike the classic slick heel Miz was trying to make work, the demonic Wyatt offered a more enticing option. By the middle of their match Sunday night, the pair was giving their own interpretation of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in "Return of the Jedi." Wyatt wanted Cena to use evil means to win, therefore joining the dark side.

But Cena would have no part of it, hitting the perfectly legal attitude adjustment to get the victory.

There was more than one winner, though. The match allowed Cena to showcase a rougher edge while maintaining his virtuous persona. And Wyatt showed that if he's not going to become a marquee player, his ability to push Cena ensures his long-term value with WWE.

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