John Cena’s a part of NEXUS. OK, let’s
look at that because it’s a big deal.
he was a stuffed toy at Burger King.
How big a deal?
A make or break deal, really.
start of it all was Hell in the Cell, a PPV which looks
like it didn't do very good numbers, which isn’t odd
because the build-up wasn’t great and the gimmick
doesn’t draw when it’s on its own. The match
that got the most attention, and was probably the best and
most heated, was Wade Barrett vs. John Cena.
couldn’t interfere. If Barrett lost, NEXUS would break-up.
If Cena lost, then he’d join NEXUS. Interference from
Husky Harris (and what a stupid name that is!) and Michael
McGillacutty gave Barrett the win, and while they are NXT
competitors from season 2 and not actually NEXUS members,
it was allowed to stand.
led to Cena coming out on Monday as the newest member of
NEXUS, to pretty good heat. Wade Barrett did some strong
talking on the mic, putting down Otunga for bringing out
the NEXUS guys and saying that neither of the guys who interfered
were officially a part of NEXUS. I guess this makes them
Associate Members like Lex Lugar was for the Four Horsemen
in 1986 and early 87. Otunga is probably being pulled from
the group, but his turn is being slow-played.
brought out Cena and had him put on the armband, which got
great heat and there were kids in the crowd who looked like
they’d just seen their Mom kissing Hitler. They were
just so sad.
then set up a tag match with Cena and Tarver vs. Mark Henry
and Evan Bourne. Cena fought and kept refusing to tag Tarver.
He left to sign autographs at ringside when Tarver finally
tagged in. Henry got the win, and then Cena took the mic
and said that he was bringing NEXUS down from the inside,
but then the GM-puter said that Cena had to follow Barrett’s
orders or he’d be fired. That was a nice touch. Cena
then helped out later.
The smart thing here is that Cena has to play along or be
fired, so they have a lot to play with, but there’s
way more here that is both potentially dangerous and explosive.
What if the crowd starts to think that Cena is actually
a heel and the group that they really need Cena to draw
with, the younger viewers and women, turn away from the
product? He’s a giant Merch seller and he attracts
a lot of those demographics, specifically to house shows.
the kids aren't exactly smart marks...
thinking they’ll be smarter than that and not exactly
turn him unless they have someone to step up and bring in
those fans. To me, the only way they really turn Cena all
the way is if they get Jeff Hardy back or Randy Orton really
connects. I don’t see it happening.
is an old angle, according to this week’s Observer.
It used to be an angle they’d do in Roller Derby where
they’d have a guy traded to his old team's rivals
and they’d make his life hell until he either snapped
or they’d come up with a challenge where the leader
of the New Team and the traded guy would have a one-on-one
a smart move that brings with it a lot of new face heat.
The one thing is that the WWE has been doing traditional
angles that they then twist to a new idea, which could lead
to a fully heel Cena, but again, that’s sort of shooting
themselves in the wallet.
The thing that needs to happen is that NEXUS
needs to play out, possibly ending at WrestleMania. Winnowing
down the number of guys, dropping one every few months or
replacing an original member with one of the NXT Season
2 guys is a good idea, perhaps leading to a face NEXUS group,
perhaps led by Cena, facing off with a Heel NEXUS group,
led by Barrett. That would be an excellent concept and that
would be a worthy part of WrestleMania.
All in all, it’s still interesting,
though if they lose Cena as a face, they are in serious
trouble. They could also bring a big audience if they give
Cena a bit more edge and that could help him win some more
of the 18-35 year old males. We’ll see.
that’s my column!