When it comes to beating that dead horse no angle comes closer than Nexus. They've been feuding with John Cena for the better part of 2010 and honestly it's stale.
Seems like WWE is attempting to run this stable way past it's course. Too late. Now that they're under new management it's suppose to breath life into this angle?
They replaced the one thing that made them the slightest bit entertaining. Wade Barrett.
The Nexus made its debut in summer 2010. Consisting of the Rookies of NXT Season One, Nexus made it's debut attacking WWE Champion John Cena and CM Punk. Like a pack of wolves destroying it's prey, Nexus decimated any and every thing around the ring.
Strange enough is that Michael Cole got away.
Nexus demanded contracts but were shot down by GM Bret Hart. Hart later fired Wade Barrett and had Nexus removed from the building. Nexus returned later that night, assaulting Hart after throwing him in a limo crashing it into other vehicles.
Nexus also made an appearance at the Fatal 4 PPV. Costing John Cena the WWE Championship and attacking Edge. The next night on RAW, Vince McMahon fired Bret Hart and appointed a GM who chose to remain anonymous. The GM granted Nexus contracts and reinstated Barret's title match.
After a obviously fake apology to Cena and the Superstars they attacked, Nexus attacked Cena again during his match with Sheamus. McMahon attempted to take credit for the attacks only to receive one himself.
This was a sign of things to come. I realized that the angle would not go beyond John Cena and he would be the one to eliminate them. However, I never expected the length of the angle. Nexus continued to cost John Cena WWE title matches.
After the multiple beat downs, Cena listed the help of John Morrison, R-Truth, Edge, Y2J, and Great Khali, and Bret Hart. For a seven on seven elimination match at Summerslam. Unsurprisingly, Nexus fell to the WWE Pros. This is where the angle SHOULD have died.
The next night on RAW, Darren Young was excommunicated from Nexus following a loss to John Cena. Later in the week, Skip Sheffield suffered a leg injury that would put him out indefinitely. Okay, Nexus is down to five and still feuding with John Cena.
How is this possibly entertaining?
Barrett than inserted himself in the WWE Title picture. Using his Championship opportunity to face Sheamus one on one, The GM informed him that his opportunity would come in a six man match. Featuring John Cena, Edge, Y2J, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett.
Barrett was pinned by Randy Orton after being distracted by an already eliminated John Cena.
I would've begged the WWE to end the angle at this point. It was obvious that there feud with John Cena was far from over.
Barrett and Cena faced of one on one at Hell in a Cell. If Barrett loses Nexus is over. If Cena losses he joins Nexus. My prayers had been answered! Cena was going to beat Barrett and finally end Nexus for good.
Perhaps the most meaningless win ever, Barrett defeated Cena after interference by Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris. Cena officially joined Nexus the next night and took out Michael Tarver. But there was a catch. If Cena didn't obey Barrett's order, Barrett had the right to fire Cena.
Isn't this all familiar? While it might have been a different the results were the same. HBK was being payed by JBL to do his bidding and Michaels was Layfield's employee. If I'm recalling right, Michaels helped JBL become No. 1 contender though, wasting the opportunity for himself.
At the event, HBK superkicked Cena (champ) and JBL but Cena ultimately won. HBK fought JBL in a match for his freedom and won. Small twist here and there but almost the same.
Cena remained rebellious and helped Barrett win a number one contenders battle royal. Last eliminating himself so Barrett could win. Barrett gave Cena an ultimatum. If he didn't win his match at Bragging Rights, Cena was fired.
Well the loopholes obvious right? Cena laid Barrett out with an AA to get a DQ for Barrett. Much to the dismay of WWE Champion Randy Orton who RKO'd Cena. Barrett was granted a rematch by the GM and this time made Cena the special guest ref for the match.
This time if Barrett did not win the WWE Title Cena was fired.
After weeks of getting hassled by Orton, Legends, and others Cena claimed he would call it down the middle. At Survivor Series, Cena called the match down the middle despite hassling by Wade Barrett. Cena shoved Orton into an RKO and counted the three.
In the process firing himself.
He wasn't going anywhere. Obvious.
Barrett received another match on RAW. Seconds from winning the title, Cena attacked Barrett and gave him an AA. Orton would retain the title again after an RKO but lost the title moments later.
Nexus was attacked by Cena each week with the only to avoid the attacks being Barrett. The attacks finally got to Nexus and gave Barrett an ultimatum. Rehire Cena or he's removed from the group. Barrett rehired Cena the next week and informed Cena of their chairs match at TLC.
Cena easily defeated Barrett in the main event.
Okay... So finally Nexus is dead. They were absent from RAW the next night. Cena was obviously going to feud with CM Punk so I figured Nexus was disbanding. But no.
Nexus returned the next week and pleaded with Cena for a truce. Cena refused and was one again attacked by Nexus. RIDICULOUS.
Out comes CM Punk who delivers a botched GTS to John Cena. Punk then slipped on a Nexus armband and acknowledged Nexus. SOOO obvious.
Okay now that we're up to speed what has Nexus accomplished.
Surely not the "Higher Purpose" they kept claiming after their debut. They beat down John Cena a half dozen times. Not really an accomplishment 7 on 1.
Let's see here, they destroyed nine WWE Legends including the Boss. They made RAW absolutely boring. Exiled the one thing that made them entertaining.
They won't disband, for God sakes. Besides holding the tag team titles and making RAW interesting ONE night they've done absolutely nothing. Now that they have CM Punk leading them the angle is suppose to somehow gain my interest.
I've been awaiting that for six months.
But when horrible stables arrive in a company it does bring about one positive thing...read on.