Not many knew what to expect after Wade Barrett was exiled from The Nexus at the hands of C.M. Punk. More so when Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater refused to partake in Punk’s radical initiations, resulting in their departure from The New Nexus. Yet, when the former comrades, with the addition of the massive Ezekiel Jackson, united under The Corre banner, questions rapidly surface, Which one would dominate?
Well, if the past few weeks have been any indication, The Corre has exceeded expectations, and eclipsed The New Nexus. How was this so? The Musketeer adage: All for one, and one for all.
While they may not have the nobility of the Musketeers, The Corre does showcase four men fighting through WWE’s caste system, while aspiring to achieve individual goals, as opposed to the failed mentality of a group serving a tyrannical leader, which Punk has yet to learn. This was demonstrated when Barrett and Jackson assisted Slater and Gabriel in winning the WWE Tag Team titles; and has since, continued to support their equals throughout title defenses.
The Corre’s stamp on the WWE became even more evident when the four manhandled The Big Show and Kane during a routine title defense. The brawl was so devastating that the absence of both Kane and The Big Show this past Smackdown affirmed the group’s dominance. The Corre has had bad blood with both giants since forming on Smackdown, including a brief time while a part of The Nexus.
As for The New Nexus, C.M. Punk is the only member remaining since his WrestleMania opponent systematically injured the group one by one. Meanwhile, The Corre’s influence has led to the possession of yet another championship.
As we all know, Kofi Kingston’s losing streak meant that it wouldn’t be long before it affected his status as the Intercontinental champion. Enter Wade Barrett, of course accompanied by The Corre, who challenged Kingston for the belt. With a minor (barely worth mentioning) distraction from his friends, Barrett countered Kingston’s Trouble in Paradise buzzsaw kick with The Wasteland fireman’s carry slam to secured his first singles title.
(Side Author’s Note: Wade Barrett’s first singles title, is the same preliminary belt that sprung his NXT mentor’s WWE career.)
With Wade Barrett the Intercontinental Champion, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater the WWE Tag Team Champions, and Ezekiel Jackson accredited as the final ECW Champion, The Corre’s accomplishments have gone beyond anything that The New Nexus (or even The Nexus) have done.