EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sometimes it takes more than just charisma and a little black magic to compel a Universe. And sometimes it takes more than mere parlor tricks to beat John Cena. However, tonight, at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt managed to do both — he continued to charm the masses, swaying legions of WWE fans to his every whim as he defeated the Cenation leader in a brutal Steel Cage Match inside the IZOD Center.      

Chilling Steel Cage Match photos

With Wyatt disciples Luke Harper and Erick Rowan locked outside and stalking the structure from the onset, the 14-time World Champion came face to face with The New Face of Fear himself inside the imposing steel. And, though the cage served as a barricade of sorts to keep Harper and Rowan from getting in, Harper and Rowan did what they could to keep John Cena from getting out.

Wyatt was predictably brutish in the early going, and with his opponent down on the canvas, The Eater of Worlds served as conductor to the WWE Universe in attendance as they launched into an eerie rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Still, as he’s done over the course of his illustrious career, Cena found a way to lift himself up off the canvas, and straight to the top of the cage. With Harper and Rowan ever-present at ringside, though, escape seemed nigh-impossible. With a battered and bruised Cena in his arms, Wyatt waltzed around the ring with his limp opponent, swaying to and fro to a song only he could hear.

The beating of Cena continued, and at times Wyatt appeared to be simply toying with his prey, hurling Cena into the unforgiving steel again and again. When Cena found a second wind and rallied, however, it soon became a question of not if Cena was locked inside the cage with Wyatt, but if Bray was trapped inside with an increasingly aggressive Cenation leader. After a ring-shaking powerbomb to his foe, Cena looked to be in prime position to walk out of the door and directly to victory.

 

Bray Wyatt def. John Cena (Steel Cage Match)

But Harper and Rowan served as the barbarians at the gate in reverse, keeping Cena inside and feeding him back into the waiting arms of Bray Wyatt. Again Cena fought back and put Bray on his backside, but this time it was Rowan who halted the Cenation leader’s descent of the cage towards the arena floor.

After a huge bulldog from the top rope, Cena again climbed to the top, only to be met by Harper. This time, though, Cena brought Harper inside the structure with him, dumping the behemoth down onto the canvas beside Bray. Rowan again turned Cena back, and Wyatt took full advantage. The former WWE Champion was able to reverse an attempted Sister Abigail into an excruciating STF, but Wyatt broke the hold. Now locked inside with both Wyatt and Harper, Cena’s uphill battle grew steeper.

Even a stunning AA off the top rope to Wyatt was rendered for naught, as Harper broke up the attempted three-count. With monsters both inside and out, Cena and Rowan met at the top of the cage, where Cena incapacitated the giant before putting Harper down, as well.

Then, with all three Wyatt Family members lying prone, Cena had not only victory in sight, but the opportunity to literally leave the Wyatts — and their twisted message — inside the steel cage. Just as he climbed through the ropes and out the door, though, the lights in the IZOD Center cut out and a child appeared at ringside, disturbingly singing Bray Wyatt’s twisted hymn over the sound system in an eerily distorted voice.

A stunned Cena stepped back through the ropes and into the ring, where he was met with a prompt and devastating Sister Abigail by Wyatt, who proceeded to climb through the ropes and down the steps to the ringside floor — and to a haunting victory.

While it can be said that, even in defeat, Cena stayed true to himself — and to the remaining members of the Cenation — Wyatt’s sway over the masses only grew over the course of this battle of good vs. evil , and the image of The Wyatt Family, walking hand-in-hand with a cloaked child, will remain in the collective psyche of the WWE Universe for a long, long time.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sometimes it takes more than just charisma and a little black magic to compel a Universe. And sometimes it takes more than mere parlor tricks to beat John Cena. However, tonight, at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt managed to do both — he continued to charm the masses, swaying legions of WWE fans to his every whim as he defeated the Cenation leader in a brutal Steel Cage Match inside the IZOD Center.      

Chilling Steel Cage Match photos

With Wyatt disciples Luke Harper and Erick Rowan locked outside and stalking the structure from the onset, the 14-time World Champion came face to face with The New Face of Fear himself inside the imposing steel. And, though the cage served as a barricade of sorts to keep Harper and Rowan from getting in, Harper and Rowan did what they could to keep John Cena from getting out.

Wyatt was predictably brutish in the early going, and with his opponent down on the canvas, The Eater of Worlds served as conductor to the WWE Universe in attendance as they launched into an eerie rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Still, as he’s done over the course of his illustrious career, Cena found a way to lift himself up off the canvas, and straight to the top of the cage. With Harper and Rowan ever-present at ringside, though, escape seemed nigh-impossible. With a battered and bruised Cena in his arms, Wyatt waltzed around the ring with his limp opponent, swaying to and fro to a song only he could hear.

The beating of Cena continued, and at times Wyatt appeared to be simply toying with his prey, hurling Cena into the unforgiving steel again and again. When Cena found a second wind and rallied, however, it soon became a question of not if Cena was locked inside the cage with Wyatt, but if Bray was trapped inside with an increasingly aggressive Cenation leader. After a ring-shaking powerbomb to his foe, Cena looked to be in prime position to walk out of the door and directly to victory.

 

Bray Wyatt def. John Cena (Steel Cage Match)

But Harper and Rowan served as the barbarians at the gate in reverse, keeping Cena inside and feeding him back into the waiting arms of Bray Wyatt. Again Cena fought back and put Bray on his backside, but this time it was Rowan who halted the Cenation leader’s descent of the cage towards the arena floor.

After a huge bulldog from the top rope, Cena again climbed to the top, only to be met by Harper. This time, though, Cena brought Harper inside the structure with him, dumping the behemoth down onto the canvas beside Bray. Rowan again turned Cena back, and Wyatt took full advantage. The former WWE Champion was able to reverse an attempted Sister Abigail into an excruciating STF, but Wyatt broke the hold. Now locked inside with both Wyatt and Harper, Cena’s uphill battle grew steeper.

Even a stunning AA off the top rope to Wyatt was rendered for naught, as Harper broke up the attempted three-count. With monsters both inside and out, Cena and Rowan met at the top of the cage, where Cena incapacitated the giant before putting Harper down, as well.

Then, with all three Wyatt Family members lying prone, Cena had not only victory in sight, but the opportunity to literally leave the Wyatts — and their twisted message — inside the steel cage. Just as he climbed through the ropes and out the door, though, the lights in the IZOD Center cut out and a child appeared at ringside, disturbingly singing Bray Wyatt’s twisted hymn over the sound system in an eerily distorted voice.

A stunned Cena stepped back through the ropes and into the ring, where he was met with a prompt and devastating Sister Abigail by Wyatt, who proceeded to climb through the ropes and down the steps to the ringside floor — and to a haunting victory.

While it can be said that, even in defeat, Cena stayed true to himself — and to the remaining members of the Cenation — Wyatt’s sway over the masses only grew over the course of this battle of good vs. evil , and the image of The Wyatt Family, walking hand-in-hand with a cloaked child, will remain in the collective psyche of the WWE Universe for a long, long time.