When the announcement came down on last week's edition of World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship telecast that The Nexus were now under new leadership, in the form of "The Straight Edge Superstar" C.M. Punk, it was definitely a surprising turn of events.
However, it begged the question of what exactly WWE had planned for Wade Barrett, easily the most impressive newcomer on the Monday Night RAW roster this year.
Following the power struggle angle, and No. 1 contender's steel cage match, we were left with more questions than answers surrounding the WWE NXT Season One winner.
Many feared the possibility of "The Worldwide Leader In Sports Entertainment" turning the much hated Barrett into a "babyface," which would definitely stall all the progress he had achieved as a "heel."
Fear not, as there was some huge news to come out of tonight's Friday Night SmackDown tapings, which took place at the Tucson (Ariz.) Convention Center. Apparently we have finally found some answers to all of our questions.
During a Fatal 4 Way match up, featuring Dolph Ziggler, "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, "The Chosen One" Drew McIntyre, and The Big Show, Barrett made his arrival on the brand and took out "The World's Largest Athlete" during the contest.
According to a report from Mike Johnson, of PWInsider, Barrett's appearance on the SmackDown taping tonight is a permanent move to that brand, and there isn't expected to be a follow up on the power struggle amongst Barrett and C.M. Punk over The Nexus.
The report notes that it is anticipated that the promotion intends to keep Barrett a "heel," but apparently to move into a different direction with the young superstar.
Although the initial decision to spark a feud with The Big Show doesn't sound very desirable to those around the Internet wrestling community; the lack of depth on the roster and new direction could be very beneficial for Barrett's career moving forward as a top singles competitor in WWE.
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