Ryback Accuses John Cena Of Killing The Nexus In WWE
Ryback continues his one-man campaign to basically blame his lack of WWE success on any number of factors, from an ankle injury, to management that had its mind made up about already about how far he’d go. The latest person being blamed for installing a glass ceiling on The Big Guy’s career is John Cena.
In the latest episode of his podcast, Conversation With The Big Guy, Ryback recalled The Nexus angle from 2010, in which the finalists from the inaugural season of NXT ambushed the WWE main roster and led an NWO-like invasion. It was arguably the biggest angle of the year, yet the faction hardly had any heat by the end of that year, despite only having debuted in June. The reason, according to Ryback, was that John Cena didn’t like that eight guys were getting over with the crowd.
“[The Nexus] was not used properly mainly because of John Cena. F***ing marks. That’s your headline for the f***ing week. And it’s a fact across the board. Everybody knows it, and he did not want that to go any further than what it was going to go past, because it was working. Because it was eight guys getting over naturally. That’s why. God forbid guys get over naturally.”
Ryback would go on to add, “That’s what happens when you get a noncompetitive athlete in the top position who’s not used to competing in real life. That’s what happens.”
For the most part, I do think the Nexus angle could have gone further than it did. Hell, Cena himself has even admitted since then that he made a mistake not putting Nexus over more. In hindsight, they definitely could have at least elevated Wade Barrett to permanent main event status. I mean, I really don’t know why he didn’t get the title at Survivor Series 2010 to build to a main event with John Cena, both for the title and for his freedom from The Nexus, since he was forced to serve The Nexus in storyline, by this point. From Survivor Series on, Nexus just continued to lose heat, until they practically became a new faction altogether under CM Punk. Ultimately, I don’t think Nexus realized its potential as an NWO-type invasion faction.
With that said, I can partially see why the push got killed. For one, Ryback wasn’t even around towards the end of the Nexus angle, since he was out with the ankle injury. Daniel Bryan was no longer part of the group. And guys like David Otunga, Darren Young, and Michael Tarver weren’t exactly lighting the world on fire. And Barrett, for as good as he was on the mic, needed some more time to develop into the solid in-ring talent he became. Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater were carrying the faction from an in-ring standpoint, and they didn’t exactly scream “main event faction” at the time either. So even if Cena did politic to bring the faction to an end, I could see it as a decision centered largely on business rather than anything personal, especially if Cena was made aware that they had to start building towards the return of The Rock at Wrestlemania 27 that year. Granted, Rock was only guest hosting, but he ended up being an integral part of the WWE championship angle, which required Cena to be involved in order to build to their match at Wrestlemania 28. And if they weren’t going to put the title on Barrett and have Cena chase him to Wrestlemania, then Cena needed to be done with The Nexus by the time 2011 swung around. So, in a way, I get where Cena was coming from, even if I do think the Nexus should have been bigger than they were. Still, it doesn’t help Ryback to come across as a guy unwilling to take any responsibility for how far his career went.
But what do you think about what Ryback had to say? How far could the Nexus have gone? Sound off in the comments!