In the summer of 2010, the Nexus storyline was as hot as any in the entire sport. A crop of rookies from developmental, all having starred on WWE's NXT program, invaded the company and brought with them a youth movement that continues to today. Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield (also known as Ryback) and Michael Tarver made immediate names for themselves as they were programmed against the top stars of Monday Night Raw.
Among those stars was the face of World Wrestling Entertainment, John Cena. His rivalry with Barrett throughout the summer and fall of 2010 would prove entertaining but, by and large, it got its start at SummerSlam in the form of a huge 14-Man Tag Team Elimination match.
Cena partnered with Edge, R-Truth, Bret Hart, John Morrison, Chris Jericho and the returning Daniel Bryan to face the renegade rookies in the night's main event.
The elimination stipulation helped to create drama as, at any time, the numbers game could play in or against the favor of the babyfaces. And, in the final moments of the match, Cena found himself on the receiving end of a two-on-one beatdown at the hands of Gabriel and Barrett.
To his credit, Cena held together the match, keeping the inexperienced young stars in check and making sure everything went according to plan.
Gabriel would scale the ropes and attempt a 450 splash, hoping to finish Cena off and give Nexus a huge victory at the year's second-most important pay-per-view event. But the resilient Cena rolled out of the way and watched the South African Superstar crash and burn before rolling him over and pinning him for the sudden elimination.
He would then play possum long enough to catch Barrett off-guard, apply the STF and score the submission win.