NEXUS & CORRE
With the Undertaker’s return and confrontation with Triple H, Cena’s response to the Rock, Cole’s Interview with the King, Alberto Del Rio and the Bella Twins switch-a-roo, there was a lot to like about last night’s RAW.
However, one thing just seemed glaringly bad: The main event. It was after the episode ended that I realized that the Nexus and Corre ideas are just lacking.
The Nexus started out by tearing up Monday Night RAW. The continued terrorizing the entire WWE on a weekly basis, including giving John Cena hell and burying the Undertaker. The storyline had so much potential and delivered interesting spots more often than not.
Unfortunately a series of events, some under WWE control and some not, turned the stable(s) into the mess(es) it is today.
A series of injuries to original members forced WWE to constantly add and drop members. This created a lack of continuity and made it harder to believe that the group was anything more than a bunch of people hastily put together.
- Wade Barrett
- Daniel Bryan
- Darren Young
- Michael Tarver
- Heath Slater
- Justin Gabriel
- David Otunga
- Skip Sheffield
They claimed to have a higher purpose than just annoying the hell out of John Cena, but never revealed what that goal was. It seemed, after Cena dropped all those chairs onto Wade Barrett, that Cena had squashed their hopes to continue terrorizing the WWE, but unfortunately this was not the case.
After that match, Otunga led a revolt against Nexus leader, Wade Barrett and the two groups split, eventually forming into two separate but equally boring groups: The New Nexus and The Corre.
My problem with these groups is the severe lack of continuity. The New Nexus contains only two of the eight original members (one being Skip Sheffield who has been MIA for quite awhile now). On the other side, The Corre contains three original members.
Why is the New Nexus the ones who calls themselves the Nexus? Otunga wanted Barrett out because he thought Barrett was putting his priorities over those of Nexus.
He brought in CM Punk to lead the New Nexus and what did Punk do? Started a personal revenge with Randy Orton.
At first, it seemed like Punk would be a better leader, but he certainly has not shown that of late. Why is Otunga more content with this group than the last? The group members had to get hazed to show their dedication to the group and all they get to do is help CM Punk settle his personal vendettas?
With the exception of their spot in the Royal Rumble match, the group has not really done anything interesting. The group shows a resemblance to Punk’s Straight Edge Society in which Punk was really the only person worth paying attention to.
The Corre was formed on Smackdown by Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater after Barrett got ousted as the leader of Nexus. They later added a powerhouse in Ezekial Jackson. Since forming, they have started a feud with the Big Show, which apparently every stable has to do at some point. Gabriel and Slater won the Tag Titles then lost them to Santino and Kozlov—that brings me to last night’s main event.
We all saw it: The RAW GM booked Cena and Miz in a match for the Tag Titles against Gabrielle and Slater. Considering Cena and Miz were the two best wrestlers in the contest, it is not implausible that they would win the match.
What didn’t make sense to me was how they won and, in the end, why they won. In the first match Barrett and Zeke were ringside. Neither man even tried to get involved in the match. The power of stables is the willingness of each member to help the other members win matches and defend themselves against attacks; neither Barrett nor Zeke looked interested in helping their stablemates win the match against a former rival.
They could have distracted the refs, tripped opponents, tried to get cheap shots in or countless other things to help their team—they did none of those things. Not only that, but the match ended with Miz simply hitting the Skull Crushing Finale and pinning Gabrielle for the 1-2-3.
Slater didn’t even try to break up the pin attempt. He literally watched his teammate get pinned. These are the guys who are supposed to be the Tag Team Champions?
The Corre showed a glaring lack of cohesion last night during the match. It wasn’t until the second match that they began helping each other. I loved the spot when Miz hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Cena while he attempted the AA, but couldn’t that have been done in the first match?
Couldn’t we have saved the Corre from looking like a bunch of idiots the first time around by having them at least try to influence the match in their favor?
In conclusion, the “New Nexus” and “The Corre” really need a direction and soon. They don’t seem dominant and neither group has looked like they work well together. Neither group seems to have a purpose or goal to drive toward.
Everyone wants a Nexus/Corre feud and it really only would make perfect sense. Hopefully after the Orton and Big Show feuds, these groups will find something interesting to do.