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John Orquiola
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#1 Posted on 8.6.11 0851.06
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Yesterday came and went, June 7, 2011, and we all missed the one year anniversary of the formation of The Nexus. Remember? Remember how it all started, the best, most violent, unbelievable and exciting 10 minutes of RAW in years and years?

Here are our reactions then: http://the-w.com/​​thread.php/​​id=41042

And my own reaction at my site: http://www.backofthehead.com/​​2010/​​06/​​winds-​​of-​​change.html

A year later, and look at the mighty Nexus now. Pathetic, what they became. Although for me, the angle really died at Summerslam. I was there at the Staples Center watching them ruin the Nexus in that main event, killing off the threat and viability of the group. I walked out of Summerslam in disgust before the main event was over.

Then there was the fun angle of John Cena being Wade Barrett's slave. I enjoyed some of that. Wade as Megatron, David Otunga as Starscream, we all remember that analogy. I loved Wade ordering Cena: "Go get me a glass of water!" But WWE bungled that as well; the devil was all in the details. How John Cena was allowed to keep his colors and never wore the black and yellow N shirt.

The Nexus could have lasted years if handled properly. It could have sold dumptrucks more of merchandise if handled properly. But WWE chose to blow it.

But for a brief time last year, the Nexus was cool and new and awesome.

We Were One.

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#2 Posted on 8.6.11 0915.59
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I'm glad to see midcard stables again, but not stables that are mired in the midcard because they bounce off the main-event faces.

Daniel Bryan's done well. Wade Barrett too, although he seems to have been tucked away from the two big titles; Orton/Barrett/Christian could be fantastic.

I think the person who has suffered the most from the Nexus/Corre regression is Punk. He doesn't need minions anymore, and shifting his messianic complex angle from the SES to Nexus has left him treading water. Of course, he's good at it. He's good at everything. But he's locked in there, and now he's simply building up Mason Ryan. He's been Kendricked.
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#3 Posted on 8.6.11 0932.45
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Can't believe it's been a whole year already. Wow.
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#4 Posted on 8.6.11 1013.02
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A year later, I feel somewhat vindicated. Somewhat, they are still around, but Johnny O is right SummerSlam straight up killed them.
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#5 Posted on 8.6.11 1101.37
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The N-vasion was one of the more awesome TV moments Raw had ever produced.

So of COURSE "Oh no, Nexus might get more over than Cena!" had to kick in and shunt them into obscurity.

Wade Barrett running afoul of Kevin Dunn didn't help, either.
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#6 Posted on 8.6.11 1110.49
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I thought it was Sheamus who ran afoul of Kevin Dunn.
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#7 Posted on 8.6.11 1206.29
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Which means we're about to reach a full year of the Raw Anonymous GM. It's not even so much that they probably still have no idea who he is, but I don't even think they ever have any intention of revealing him.

    Originally posted by Kei Posiskunk
    Wade Barrett running afoul of Kevin Dunn didn't help, either.

    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    I thought it was Sheamus who ran afoul of Kevin Dunn.

Between this and Drew McIntyre having been off Raw for a few weeks, can I assume this means that Kevin Dunn doesn't like Europeans much?

(edited by It's False on 8.6.11 1007)
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#8 Posted on 8.6.11 1233.03
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    Originally posted by It's False
    Which means we're about to reach a full year of the Raw Anonymous GM. It's not even so much that they probably still have no idea who he is, but I don't even think they ever have any intention of revealing him.

      Originally posted by Kei Posiskunk
      Wade Barrett running afoul of Kevin Dunn didn't help, either.

      Originally posted by Amos Cochran
      I thought it was Sheamus who ran afoul of Kevin Dunn.

    Between this and Drew McIntyre having been off Raw for a few weeks, can I assume this means that Kevin Dunn doesn't like Europeans much?

    (edited by It's False on 8.6.11 1007)


Did he also fire Finlay?
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#9 Posted on 8.6.11 1242.45
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Finlay mostly fired himself.

Sheamus was the one affected Kevin Dunn (allegedly!) was not high on because his paleness did not look good on TV.

The weird/ugly Drew/Tiffany/WWE love triangle was apparently responsibility for his drop in push, and he's still waiting for them to give him another chance. It may be a long wait.

I do not immediately remember a Dunn/Barrett story.

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#10 Posted on 8.6.11 1255.14
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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    I walked out of Summerslam in disgust before the main event was over.


Wha, really? I had 100% certitude that Barrett was going to win in a crushing blow to the very foundation of WWE until the second he tapped out.

    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    I think the person who has suffered the most from the Nexus/Corre regression is Punk.


I think Punk would probably be in his same semi-notable spot with or without his useless crew. But Wade went from major player and #1/2 heel on Raw to Smackdown afterthought.

Considering how everything has shaken out, they should've either kept the whole Nexus together on Raw with Punk and Barrett as co-leaders or general/lieutenant, or left Punk by himself on Raw and moved all of Nexus to Smackdown with that name/gimmick/music to start over after Cena blew them off at TLC. Instead they kept the loser half of the team on Raw with the name and the push, and put the talented half of the team on SD with a new name and no push.

and what happened to Tarver, man. I guess security realized he wasn't actually allowed backstage.
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#11 Posted on 8.6.11 1302.41
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Michael Tarver is a patient man, who never forgets a wrong done unto him. He is biding him time, waiting for his moment, and still ever so wild and young.
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#12 Posted on 8.6.11 1303.39
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btw I just got the tracklisting for WWE the Music volume 12 now available on iTunes:

1. The Rock - "Return of the Great One"
2. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 1)
3. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 2)
4. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 3)
5. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 4)
6. Ted DiBiase - "I Come From Money"
7. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 5)
8. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 6)
9. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (instrumental)
10. Cody Rhodes - "Undashing"
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#13 Posted on 8.6.11 1306.50
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R-Truth's new theme is an online exclusive bonus track.
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#14 Posted on 8.6.11 1312.19
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Why did they leave the best 2 versions of the Corre theme off? To force us to buy Volume 13?
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#15 Posted on 8.6.11 1335.19
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OK, so how did the wild and young Nexus - a team once feared while they mustered a nice hit list - happen to fail?

=

Ah, I eye one idea...

Without that muscle, the union and its grand plan were doomed.

Who, exactly? Skip Sheffield.


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#16 Posted on 8.6.11 1540.58
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    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    OK, so how did the wild and young Nexus - a team once feared while they mustered a nice hit list - happen to fail?

    =

    Ah, I eye one idea...

    Without that muscle, the union and its grand plan were doomed.

    Who, exactly? Skip Sheffield.


    (edited by Mr Shh on 8.6.11 1435)


Speaking of whutitdo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skip_Sheffield

It's been almost 10 months since he broke his ankle? Man, I wish he were back and would clothesline the hell out of Mason Ryan.

Wait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_Ryan

Barri Griffiths? Vince shoulda went with his real name.
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#17 Posted on 8.6.11 1547.12
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The WWE doesn't know what to do with angles that turn out bigger than expected. It's almost in their nature to bring the angle back down a few notches so they don't rock the WWE boat, and yet when an angle goes on longer than it should or flops out of the gate we can't seem to get away from it.

The Nexus angle didn't produce one star which is hard to fathom. They ended up just like The Spirit Squad and now they probably all need repackaged, which had to have been the worst case scenario for such a white hot angle.

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    The Nexus could have lasted years if handled properly. It could have sold dumptrucks more of merchandise if handled properly. But WWE chose to blow it.



... and there is the kicker. At the end of the day we might not see everyone we want pushed get a push, but to see the company just take a money maker and piss it away is just curious business.

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#18 Posted on 8.6.11 1615.52
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Any $ lost by botching the Nexus angle pales to the amount lost by botching the Invasion.
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#19 Posted on 8.6.11 1741.21
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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    btw I just got the tracklisting for WWE the Music volume 12 now available on iTunes:

    1. The Rock - "Return of the Great One"
    2. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 1)
    3. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 2)
    4. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 3)
    5. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 4)
    6. Ted DiBiase - "I Come From Money"
    7. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 5)
    8. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (version 6)
    9. The Corre - "I'll Be Your End of Days" (instrumental)
    10. Cody Rhodes - "Undashing"



I tore my hair out on many a SmackDown recap wondering why the hell The Corre needed six or seven different versions of THE SAME SONG!
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#20 Posted on 8.6.11 1843.39
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    Any $ lost by botching the Nexus angle pales to the amount lost by botching the Invasion.


That was the major red sign of WWE after becoming a monopoly. If something like a full blown WCW vs. WWE vs. ECW war can't break records then you probably can't hold the big storylines.
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