What made factions such as DeGeneration-X, nWo, Evolution, and The Four Horseman so great? It was because fans respected the accomplishments of the men that made up these factions, and the championships they collected. Sure, The Nexus were Tag Team Champions but only because John Cena, a 9-time World champion, won it for them. As for their body of work, despite winning a couple of matches on NXT against one another, The Nexus are still unproven competitors.
The only thing that Nexus had going for them in the beginning was the element of surprise, and the brutality from one Daniel Bryan. But when WWE execs released Bryan for being too violent, it hindered the credibility of The Nexus ten-fold. So it didn’t matter whether Nexus trounced John Cena, Raw superstars, WWE Legends, or even Vince McMahon, nobody could take Nexus seriously.
And how were wrestling fans supposed to, if WWE would not allow them to be “too violent?” Enter C.M. Punk.
The Straight-Edge Savior is more prophet than anything else because he speaks the truth about the lead babyface he is up against. John Cena lied to the fans and the wrestlers about leaving WWE. And he finds joy in humiliating others, especially when they beg for mercy. Batista, Wade Barrett, and Vickie Guerrero have all been victim to John Cena. Whether the CenaNation likes it or not, Punk does speak the truth, and the WWE Universe knows this.
Though Nexus’ former leader, Wade Barrett, did make good on some of his threats, John Cena is no longer threatened by him, as evidence to the twenty-three steel chairs he dropped on him at the TLC pay-per-view. But at the end of Raw, despite cracking jokes at the start of the program, Cena became desperate.
C.M. Sucks! is what John Cena resorted to calling C.M. Punk in order to appear to his loyal followers that he had the upper hand. After waiting throughout the Raw program, seeing Punk notify EMTs and Camera Crew to be ready, Cena had to show up to the ring first. The paranoia pent up inside of him forced him out because Cena could not handle being the one to be called out. John Cena’s cry of “If you want some, come get some,” has always placed him at the forefront of his battles. But Punk’s delayed arrival was an indication that Cena no longer has the benefit of controlling his opponents, and that scares Cena.
With Nexus under the tutelage of C.M. Punk, they can now start to be taken seriously. C.M. Punk leading the Nexus brings a world-class of credibility as wrestling fans know what he brings to the table. The Chicago native is a former ROH World Champion, former 3-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and one of the best interviews in the business. And after what transpired on Raw, John Cena may finally realize that his war against Nexus will not end in his favor.
Final Thoughts: The survival of The Nexus is not as simple as placing C.M. Punk as its new leader. Each member of The Nexus will have to raise the bar in order to even be considered in the same breath as C.M. Punk. But most importantly, every individual should prove themselves in singles competition to give us an understanding of what guys like Heath Slater and Husky Harris bring to the group.