WWE: Cena-Nexus may be most interesting angle in recent history
WWE Hell In A Cell was definitely an interesting night. We had Randy Orton retaining the WWE Championship against Sheamus,. We saw Paul Bearer return to help The Undertaker or so we thought before he betrayed Taker and joined sides with Kane. And we had John Cena take on Wade Barrett with some big things on the line.
If Wade Barrett lost the match, then Nexus would be forced to disband. However, if Cena lost the match, he would be forced to join side with Barrett and the Nexus.
At Hell In A Cell, things went Barrett’s way as he won the matchup with a bit of help from two mysterious attackers who would later be identified as former NXT rookies Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty.
The Monday Night Raw after Hell In A Cell kicked off with Nexus officially inducting Cena into the group. He received a Nexus armband from the group and was told he had a tag team match tonight and was given the right to pick his own partner for the evening, with the partner being a member of the Nexus of course.
Cena allowed their opponents Mark Henry and Evan Bourne do whatever they wanted to Tarver and after the match he added some punishment of his own. Cena’s plan was to take Nexus down from within, but this plan would soon be proven flawed.
The Anonymous Raw General Manager emailed in and told Cena that Nexus is a group that listens to and is lead by Barrett and if he didn’t take orders from him he would be fired. Cena was in shock, but there was no doubt that he understood the situation.
Later that night, there would be a 20-Man Battle Royal and the winner would be the new No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. The Nexus were instructed to help Barrett win the battle royal. John Cena would fullfil his duties and keep Barrett safe. Barrett and John Cena were the last two superstars left in the battle royal and that’s when Barrett told Cena to eliminate himself.
Cena would have no choice as he went over the ropes willingly as his feet touched the floor.
The following week Cena had a chance to become the captain for Team Raw at WWE Bragging Rights. That same night Barrett informed Cena that he would be in Barrett’s corner for his Bragging Rights match with Orton for the title.
The match between The Miz and Cena was a wild one without a doubt, but would end with Cena losing due to interference from McGillicutty and Harris. Things would not get much better for Cena after the match as Barrett tortured him with mind games. The show closed off with Barrett saying, “Until next week John, you can’t see me.” Those words obviously would play over and over in Cena’s head (kayfabe).
This past week, Cena got a chance to let out some of his frustrations as he would tag with Orton against Harris and McGillicutty. If the two former NXT Season 2 rookies could get the victory they would join the Nexus faction. However, despite their great teamwork Harris and McGillicutty would be on the losing end of things. When the match was over Cena’s post match celebration told the entire story.
However, more frustrations would build for John as he would have to watch Barrett and the Nexus beat Orton to a pulp.
Now you’ll notice in my title I said this angle might be one of the most interesting in years and it very well may be. Cena seems like a man imprisoned, enslaved by the Nexus. He is forced to be a member of a group he wants destroyed and help a man he despises with all his heart. Honestly, if you want to use Cena in a way that all age groups would be caught up in this would be the way.
When it comes to the younger audience they stay intrigued as they hope that their hero, Cena will find a loophole to this Nexus thing and that he will break free and beat down Barrett and the rest of the group.
When it comes to the older audience it’s all about the heel turn.
Cena joining Nexus brings in the older audience who is hoping that somewhere down the line Vince McMahon will pull the trigger and turn Cena heel.
In regards to the heel turn a good point was made on Right After Wrestling on The Score this week.