The winds of change are blowing through the WWE…. Again.
CM Punk assumed control of what he has now dubbed The “New” Nexus after Wade Barrett failed to escape the Steel Cage to become the number one contender to Miz‘ WWE Championship. In accordance to a gentleman’s agreement between Punk and Barrett, if Barrett lost, he would lose his leadership status and be exiled from the group, making CM Punk the new leader. However, in the event Barrett was victorious, CM Punk would offer his services to Nexus under Wade’s leadership.
But when has Punk ever been a follower?
It started with a hip injury that sidelined Punk from in-ring action; and instead of staying home, CM Punk joined the broadcast team alongside Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. The new position offered Punk an opportunity to scout the competiton, while remaining relevant.
However, during his tenure behind the announce table, one superstar seamlessly irked Punk. That superstar of course was John Cena with his hypocritical practice of Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. Crimes against John Cena: lying to wrestling fans and wrestlers of his departure from WWE, assaulting The Nexus when he should have been arrested for trespassing, and dropping twenty-three steel chairs on a beaten Wade Barrett. Cena’s recent actions, as well as going back on his word, set CM Punk off to assault him the way he did.
For CM Punk to take over The Nexus was merely a formality since members were already disgruntled with Wade’s leadership. It was simply a matter of assuring Barrett did not escape the cage. Which Punk managed beautifully when he scaled the fifteen-foot structure and extended his hand out to Barrett. Accepting the bait, Barrett reached out only to be knocked back down after Punk retrieved The Nexus armband, symbolically stating that Barrett was out of Nexus.
Taking over The Nexus was only the first step of his master plan, next would be to find out whom were worthy to be a part of The “New” Nexus. Unlike Barrett’s post-SummerSlam initiation, Punk did not test their in-ring savvy but their ability to withstand self-inflicted punishment. From guerrilla beatings to scourging with a leather belt, the members had to prove their zealousness. This weeded out both Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel who refused to attack each other with kendo sticks, leaving Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris, and David Otunga to follow CM Punk.
While this was going on, Wade Barrett took the next step in his career by attacking The Big Show during a Fatal Four-Way number one contender’s match on Smackdown. Consequently, Wade lost to Big Show the following week via disqualification after former Nexus members Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel came to their leader’s aid. In addition, ECW’s final champion Ezekiel Jackson scooped slammed The Big Show before siding with Wade Barrett.
With Wade Barrett obviously rebuilding The Nexus on Smackdown, the question remains will CM Punk truly take over all of the WWE. And what will happen when New Nexus comes face to face with Wade’s Re-Nexus?
Final Thoughts: The score seems about even – Punk has three members, and Barrett has three members. Punk picked a fight with John Cena, while Barrett picked a fight with Big Show. What they need now is a few more recruits, and Season Four of NXT can offer that. Just take a look at Brodus Clay and Conor O’Brian.
Kaval would have been a great heel for Punk’s Nexus. Seeing as the two know each other so well from the Indy circuit.
Wade Barrett’s new entrance “End of Days” by 9 Electric is horrible.
More interested what CM Punk has in store on Monday Nights, but interested in Wade’s promos as Cesar.