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WrestleMania 31 match card preview: Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

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The New Face of Fear?

The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

Bray Wyatt is determined to take his rightful place among the gods as the new face of fear. Will he be able to use Undertaker as his primary stepping stone on this twisted path to immortality?

The Road To WrestleMania 31

The Undertaker's legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania came to a sad end last year. He was beaten, bruised, and battered by the seemingly invincible Brock Lesnar. The Undertaker has not been seen or heard from since that shocking night one year ago, and many people assumed that the end of the streak also signified an abrupt finale to Undertaker's WWE career and legacy.

But Bray Wyatt may have suffered through a much greater loss at WrestleMania 30 than even Undertaker experienced. Bray Wyatt went face-to-face with the immovable John Cena, and to the dismay of pretty much everybody, The Eater Of Worlds exited that program as a severely poisoned character.

Leading up to that feud with John Cena, Bray Wyatt's words captivated the audience on a weekly basis. His hypnotic message was spreading and forced the people to consider the possibility that their existence had been built on a foundation of lies. Bray Wyatt was going to eagerly violate the purity of WWE's top heroes and force them all to confront truths that they have been hiding from for years. Bray Wyatt was fresh and intriguing, and creepy too. The scariest part of all was that he may have been telling the truth.

However Wyatt's momentum and credibility completely died when the feud with John Cena exposed Bray Wyatt as an eccentric man who talked a big game but whose words were ineffective and worthless. John Cena's purity was not compromised in any way whatsoever, and a defeated Wyatt simply moved on to attack another top hero, Chris Jericho. Wyatt recycled many of the same messages and warnings that he had been shouting out towards John Cena, but this time it didn't sound fresh, intriguing, or creepy. It was just a delusional man rambling out loud and saying the same things we already heard him say months earlier. The feud with Jericho was doomed right from the start because Bray Wyatt's character was already poisoned by John Cena, and Chris Jericho's mental state was also unaffected by Bray's passionate speeches. Jericho and Wyatt split some victories before Jericho was eventually taken out for good by Randy Orton. So Bray Wyatt once again failed to bring any drastic change to a top hero's world.

Wyatt took a brief hiatus to re-energize himself and then returned without his followers Harper and Rowan at his command. But it was clear right away that Wyatt still carried the stench of that John Cena poison all over his body. He moved on to butt heads with Dean Ambrose, who was the hottest star on the roster right as their conflict began. But their war quickly devolved into countless silly gimmick matches and ultimately diminished the star of both men. Wyatt won just about every important match they had, but once again it just meant nothing. Dean Ambrose is still the same lunatic he was before he crossed paths with Wyatt. Bray Wyatt's ramblings about how he was going to corrupt, destroy, and rebuild Dean Ambrose were highly ineffective and meant absolutely nothing.

Bray Wyatt is now repeating this same pattern as WrestleMania 31 approaches. The latest WWE hero that he has targeted is Undertaker. Bray Wyatt claims that Undertaker is a liar who is hiding from the truth, which is that Undertaker really wants to finally rest in peace. Wyatt says that his tongue is the sword of truth that cuts through the deception of this world. Wyatt has called himself the angel with the burnt wings who has been sent to take Undertaker back to the other side. This all sounds pretty cool. It sounds very intriguing. It even sounds a little creepy. And now Bray Wyatt even seems to control some of the demonic spirits that usually march to The Undertaker's command.

But at the end of the day, why should we expect this story to end differently than any of Wyatt's other failed attempts at corrupting WWE's heroes over the last year? Bray Wyatt's message will fall flat if he loses this match. Bray Wyatt's words will ring hollow if he wins this match yet Undertaker walks out of that stadium to fight another day. In order for Bray Wyatt to be taken seriously, he needs to actually come through on his words this time and make WrestleMania 31 the final resting place for The Undertaker. If there is any other outcome, Undertaker will simply join the list of Cena, Jericho, and Ambrose, as heroes who all resisted Wyatt's demented efforts to break them.

What's at stake?

Bray Wyatt is looking to restore his credibility as a monster and send Undertaker into retirement. It's not quite as clear what Undertaker is fighting for in this match other than redemption for last year's shocking loss to Brock Lesnar. No man wants to go out as a loser, not even a dead man. Will The Undertaker be able to use his dark powers to overcome Sister Abigail's deadly kiss? Or is it finally time for Bray Wyatt to earn his own redemption and ascend to the throne as the new face of fear?

Tune in to WrestleMania 31 and keep it here on Cageside Seats to see all the drama unfold!

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