They were once considered the next nWo, and after five months of domination, and eliminating threat number one: John Cena, next week The Nexus may be without its leader.
Nexus started its spiral of degeneration only a week after their debut on Raw. Wade Barrett banned Daniel Bryan from Nexus because of his remorse for attacking Justin Roberts and John Cena. Not too long after, Darren Young and Michael Tarver were also disbarred from the group. And with Skip Sheffield, the powerhouse of the group, sidelined with an injured ankle, Nexus had no other choice but to recruit new members. Among them were Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty of NXT Season two, and their nemeses John Cena.
Adding John Cena to the group at first was the greatest triumph in the faction’s four-month existence, but Wade Barrett became greedy for the WWE Championship. He forced Cena’s hand: free or fired. Those were the terms he presented to Cena for Survivor Series. Either he becomes champion and Cena is free from Nexus, or he’s fired.
Before, when Cena was still a relentless follower of Nexus, he was forced to obey Wade’s orders under the ruling of Raw’s General Manager. But now that he’s fired, Cena can do what he pleases, and that has intimidated the other Nexus members.
David Otunga, since his debut in NXT, has detested following orders. He would not listen to his NXT Pro, and, as of late, he’s been undermining Wade’s authority. As a result of being humiliated, forfeiting the WWE Tag Team championships, Otunga has been stirring a mutiny. And after Cena’s latest threat, Nexus has presented Wade with an ultimatum: either John Cena is rehired, or Wade is no longer in Nexus.
Obviously, Wade has lost control over his cohorts, so what can he do to regain their allegiance? Cena’s threat only applies to Wade Barrett whether fired or rehired, so Barrett must finally start acting like a leader and deal with the threat himself. Only then can Nexus start looking to him for leadership.
Wade has two options in dealing with the threat: reinstate Cena, or issue an unsanctioned match for TLC. Most opportunistically an unsanctioned ladder match with a contract suspended high from the rafters. The contract can have two outcomes: Cena’s WWE contract, or his banishment from all things WWE, including attending shows as a “fan.”
Issuing an unsanctioned match, especially a ladder match, would be the perfect culmination of the end of the year. Because how far would the other climb to reach their ultimate goal?
Final Thoughts: Wade Barrett won NXT Season one for a reason, he possesses the stature and wrestling skills necessary to be a credible threat in the WWE. While David Otunga, though the NXT runner-up, is unable to score the major victories that would put him in the forefront of The Nexus.