WWE News – This is just fucking ridiculous. Night in and out, viewers are treated to the slow, boring decline of one of professional wrestling’s most surprising factions, Nexus. Hot off the heels of WWE’s NXT in mid-2010, Nexus was not only used as a springboard to debut their young talent and possible future main-eventers, spearheaded by Wade Barrett, but was pushed to the moon and granted high-profile feuds with John Cena and Randy Orton on the Raw brand.
Less than a year later, the group has undergone a major cosmetic surgery as Wade Barrett was usurped from the throne by CM Punk to lead the reinvigorated NexSES. Barrett then deflected to the Smackdown! brand and formed the hideously named Corre with some of his disgruntled comrades from his former group. Despite the changes, both factions are scraping the bottom of the barrel with storylines as interesting as seeing feces swirl counter-clockwise after flushing.
NexSES, despite a monster heel in CM Punk, are jobbing to Kane and Big Show, two of the oldest guys on the roster. Worse, Mason Ryan, the greenest of gangrene, is carrying bulk of the in-ring work. No offense to Ryan, who still has the potential to be more than a lackey, but this isn’t doing him or the whole group any favors. Apparently, the ghost of Super Orton embarrassingly ass-whipping the entire group during the first half of the year still lingers upon them. It doesn’t help that CM Punk’s contract is still up, further keeping the group from moving forward with a more palatable storyline. On the Blue brand, a mildly interesting feud has developed between former Corre member Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett. However, it is interesting to point out that it only took the Creative Team around four months to dismantle a promising faction with Barrett as the main-eventer, Zeke as the enforcer and the other two guys who are just there.
Seriously, you have to wonder how Nexus, the current Nexus and Corre included, would fare against all the factions and stables formed in the WWE. I would go out on a limb and call Nexus one of the most disappointing stables in the history of pro wrestling.
However, the blame does not go to the performers. They did what they were told but they just didn’t get it done. With the exception of Barrett, all of the Nexus Original need some more seasoning in the FCW. David Otunga can’t consistently pull off even his signature moves to save his life. Heath Slater, the self proclaimed “One Man Rock Band,” has 0% personality. Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty, despite their wrestling pedigree, just doesn’t have it…yet.
Among the Nexus member, Justin Gabriel is perhaps the most disappointing of them all. He has the athleticism and has moderate crowd reaction for a guy who can’t pull off a promo out his ass. His awesome 450 Splash gives me the chills every time it’s pulled off. But whenever I see him during his matches, it’s like he doesn’t care at all. His roundhouse kicks are pillow-soft and he moves sluggish for his size. Just sad. He could have been better than Barrett if he only knew how he could channel his energies and churn out something positive from them during matches. It’s still too early to tell what would happen with Gabriel in the future, but the outlook is indeed bleak.
I know fans clamor for something fresh and new from professional wrestler. We may have been spoiled by swerves and shoot promos and kayfabe during the early years that we want more. Well, it produced Nexus and it sucks that it had to be.