For the better part of 2010, Wade Barrett led a revolutionary stable known as the Nexus that consisted of all eight original rookies from WWE NXT's inaugural season. While many members disappeared over time, the signature slogan of the Nexus never once changed: "You're either Nexus or against us," as Barrett would say.
Upon their arrival that June, Nexus destroyed everything in sight and wreaked havoc throughout the entire WWE. They mainly targeted John Cena for a majority of their tenure, costing him the WWE Championship on numerous occasions.
Nexus was the hottest thing in all of wrestling until that year's SummerSlam pay-per-view, where they suffered a loss to Team WWE in a seven-on-seven tag team match that would forever damage their credibility. However, they battled back that fall and were able to regain some momentum, but it wasn't long before Cena brutalized Barrett in a Chairs Match at WWE TLC in December that would see the British brawler out of action indefinitely.
Shortly thereafter, CM Punk would take the reins of the black-and-yellow stable in Barrett's absence, only to exile Barrett from the group for good on the premiere episode of Raw in 2011. While Punk taking control of Nexus may have seemed fresh at the time, it would later lead to the demise of the stable as Punk embarked on a quest to capture the WWE Championship a few months later.
Nowadays, almost every original member of Nexus (with the exception of the now-released Michael Tarver) appears on Raw on a regular basis, including the likes of Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield (now known as Ryback), David Otunga, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel.
While they might all appear on one episode of Raw throughout the course of the three hours, they hardly ever interact. Michael Cole makes occasional references to Nexus during Barrett's matches, but that's about it.
On the September 17th edition of Raw, a loud "We Want Nexus" could be heard echoing throughout the arena. Of course, this was due to the fact that the match it happened during was Barrett vs. Gabriel, but the commentators went even as far as to acknowledge the chant, which is a rare occurrence.
Since then, rumors have run rampant among both fans and officials alike regarding a potential Nexus revival at some point in the very near future. As previously stated, almost all of the original members (and even some of the newer ones) are still employed by WWE, so it could be possible, but I'll tell you why it wouldn't be such a good idea.
Personally, I've clamored for a Nexus reunion since the day it died, but that was only something I wanted to see. Is it something we need to see? Absolutely not.
Each member has found success on their own, so why bring it back? The Nexus was used to launch each individual into the spotlight and expose them to the WWE audience, and the group was extremely successful in that aspect.
Everyone's gimmicks have altered so much over the last two years that it just wouldn't feel right. Bryan is a bearded hooligan, Ryback no longer sports cowboy hats, and Slater has found his own "band" he can hang with.
Even if it were to return, who would be the leader? Certainly not Barrett, who is on the verge of breaking into the World Heavyweight Championship picture and doesn't need another random group of individuals who had history at one point in time to hold him back from achieving his goals.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a major mark for the Nexus faction. Hell, I even sport my vintage Nexus armband from time to time just to relive the monumental memories of the sadistic stable.
I love what they accomplished in the short time span that they did, but the group ran its course. If history has taught us anything, its that not many things are better once it's brought back for a second run, as it just can't match the same match it did the first time.
Don't believe me? Look no further than the nWo.
Would I mark out if I heard "We Are One" hit the arena one night? You're damn right I would, but it's certainly not something you should expect to see in the foreseeable future, if at all.
Of course, the group could be brought back with all-new members, but what good would that do? It'd be nowhere as entertaining as the original, and it would just be seen as nothing more than a rip-off.
If anything, WWE should at least make reference to the stable more often than they have been. Punk, Cena and Ryback were all involved in the initial Nexus attack in June 2010 in some form or fashion and have all been at members at one point, so why not build around that going into their Triple Threat match at Survivor Series on Sunday?
There's no denying that Nexus was one of the best things to happen to wrestling in recent memory, which is exactly why it shouldn't be brought back. Success is rarely ever repeated the second time around, and it'd only ruin the legacy the group set while it was in existence if it were to return.
However, if by some miracle we do see a similar stable consisting of angry rookies hit the ring while "We Are One" by 12 Stones blasts the arena, I, for one, will be marking out more than a jubilant child on Christmas day.
If it's a one-night-only reunion, then why not? If not, then it'd be best to just leave the memories alone.
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