Eugene: The Nexus Mastermind

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2010

In 2004, Nick Dinsmore, an established wrestler on the independent circuit, made his WWE debut as Eugene, the “special” nephew of then RAW general manager Eric Bischoff.

Eugene was immediately over with the fans. His childlike persona, combined with his good-hearted nature, made a connection with fans, tapping the nerve that had not been touched since the days of George “The Animal” Steele.

Eugene’s life was not easy in the WWE, thanks to his “uncle.” It was obvious that Eric didn’t want Eugene around, so he did everything in his power to make his time in the company as tough as possible.

He soon put Eugene under the watchful eye of William Regal, who equally despised the young man. Regal was as devious in plotting and scheming behind Eugene’s back as Bischoff, and it wasn’t long before Eugene became the butt of every joke.

Eugene crossed paths with Evolution, who proceeded to try and destroy this “special” wrestler. Ric Flair, Batista, Randy Orton, and the head of the group, Triple H, befriended Eugene to his face, promising to make him a member.

But as every fan knew, this was an obvious ruse, and Evolution viciously attacked Eugene.

As his stint in the WWE went on, Eugene’s feuds included a program with Matt Stryker, and even Vince McMahon himself, who shaved Eugene bald in 2007. Eugene was once again publicly humiliated, his character suffering a grave injustice at the hands of those he respected and trusted.

All of these events are public knowledge, and are well documented.

Now, for a little crazy speculation.

All Eugene had ever wanted in his life was to be a WWE Superstar. He had trained, worked very hard to get a shot, and was handed to his Uncle Eric, who was the general manager of the WWE’s flagship show, Monday Night RAW.

Eugene was very trusting of his uncle, and had every reason to believe he was really getting a shot.

He was wrong. His career in the WWE was ruined, thanks to several devious superstars who saw fit to take advantage of his innocent faith in the sport he loved.

The truth is, Eugene was not “special.” Not at all.

Eugene’s character was a work, a gimmick, given to him by Vince, and he was told to play the lovable buffoon, entertain the kids, and earn his meager paycheck.

But while the fans, and certain wrestlers, laughed at him, Eugene’s rage began to build.

All Eugene Dinsmore wanted was a chance. He earned it. And he was treated like a joke for it.

Now, six years after his debut, and less than a year after is his last appearance in the WWE, Eugene is back. And this time, he will not be laughed at.

Eugene remained in the business, despite Vince McMahon and the WWE’s efforts to ruin his career. He waited, and watched, keeping tabs on events taking place on WWE programming. Namely WWE NXT.

He saw how the NXT rookies were treated. He saw how they were laughed at, disrespected, how one by one, their dreams of becoming WWE Superstars were slowly fading away. He watched. And then, he made contact.

The first call he made was to Sheamus. He made the young superstar an offer he couldn’t refuse—take out Triple H and I’ll get your title back. Sheamus, anxious at getting revenge on the man who cost him the belt to begin with, could not say no.

The next call Eugene made was to the aforementioned NXT rookies, Wade Barrett, to be specific. He told them of his time in the WWE, how he had suffered the same indignities that these men were now facing. He then gave them a choice: Sit back and take it, or strike back.

The Nexus was born, and with Triple H now effectively out of the picture, there was no one to stop them.

They wreaked havoc on anyone in their path, attacking indiscriminately, focusing their efforts on the man who is the face of the WWE, the man who represents everything the company that Eugene once loved—John Cena.

Eugene moves on to phase three of his plan.

He contacts Vince McMahon, and gives him an offer he can’t refuse. Leadership of The Nexus, and all the ratings that go along with it, in exchange for the role of RAW general manager. Vince, knowing that ratings equals money, could not say no.

Eugene, after accepting his new position, immediately gives The Nexus contracts, and then betrays McMahon, who is attacked by the group.

Sheamus, seeing what The Nexus is capable of, decides to now fend for himself as he sees the same double cross possibly happening to him. He aligns with Cena, and he will now have to be dealt with.

But Eugene is having the time of his life as he sits back and watches the company that spit on him be torn apart from the inside out.

The clues are there. He’s dangling them right under our noses.

The “anonymous” general manager keeps using catchphrases of WWE Superstars. During his run with the WWE, Eugene often paid respect to WWE legends by mimicking their mannerisms, moves, and catchphrases.

The Nexus attacks “the good guys,” the same type of wrestlers who Eugene always looked up to, and who now do all they can to please the fans, the same fans who turned on Eugene and laughed at him.

Eugene is the mastermind behind The Nexus. It’s a perfect fit.

Actually, it’s not. In fact, it’s downright ridiculous. But, it’s definitely a twist.

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