Hello, readers. This is the first installment of my brand new series ‘WHAT IF’, which addresses a situation and predicts the following events if the result of the situation was totally reversed. Hope you enjoy.
In summer, WWE debuted a reality show named NXT, which gave wrestlers a shot to join the roster to become the next breakout star. After thirteen weeks of entertainment, Chris Jericho’s rookie, Wade Barrett won the season and a contract to be a WWE star. We all predicted that Daniel Bryan, a veteran would win it, but it was not to be. Wade Barrett looked promising and he was, well, the overall package. But then something happened that changed the industry.
June 7, 2010 was a life-changing date. The whole NXT roster interfered in the main event of Monday Night Raw pitting John Cena against CM Punk. These rookies interfered and caused havoc. They destroyed Cena, Punk, the SES members, the ring, the turnbuckles etc. Everyone was shocked. This was the topic of discussion on various pro wrestling sites for a lot of time.
These rookies were all about themselves. But unfortunately, Daniel Bryan got fired (and not kayfabe fired) due to him choking Justin Roberts with his own tie.
Anyway, Wade Barrett, being their leader, got himself many title opportunities but failed in all. But finally, the roster got so bugged, they got themselves a 7-man team and challenged Nexus to a 7-man tag match at Wrestlemania. The teams were John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, John Morrison and Bret Hart; they were Team WWE. Nexus consisted of Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, Micheal Tarver and Heath Slater. WWE needed a seventh member for which they chose Miz. But he was ultimately replaced by Daniel Bryan, who returned after being fired.
August 15- Summerslam:
Darren Young and Michael Tarver made quick exits in this match, putting up little fight before being eliminated. Don’t expect their careers outside of Nexus to last very long either.
The final three men remaining in this match for Nexus—Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater—were of little surprise. Of the Nexus Seven, those three men were the ones who appear best suited for a strong singles career in the WWE.
After it was 3 on 2 (Bryan/John Cena v. Barrett/Gabriel/Slater) the same, tired song and dance of WWE creative kicked in.
Bryan made Slater tap. Thanks to outside interference, Bryan was eliminated by Barrett. Then, Superman arrived.
After getting dropped on his head outside the ring, Cena managed to evade Gabriel’s 450, eliminate Gabriel, then force Barrett to tap via STF to secure the victory for Team WWE.
The question (and also the title of the article) is: What if Nexus had won?
Looking forward, Nexus made John Cena their slave, then disbanded. What if they would’ve won?
Everything would’ve changed.
Wade Barrett would have been a main-eventer right now. Justin Gabriel and David Otunga would be IC and US champions respectively. Skip Sheffield could have been the main bodyguard of the stable. Tarver and Darren could have been a tag team.
To sum all of this up, it would have been great. Nexus would’ve been an all-power stable. No shenanigans, no bull crap, just plain domination.
We would’ve never witnessed the Corre, we wouldn’t need it. Nexus, when it would have disbanded, would make each member into stars. But now, none of them (except Otunga) can be called a main player. Wade Barrett was riding on a wave of momentum, just came crashing down.
We all can do nothing but cry over spilled milk. After all,
If is a very big word.