Instead of having the finish that people figured would happen (Ryback killing John Cena but CM Punk stealing the pin), we see Ryback get attacked by three guys dressed as security, bringing CM Punk to a year with the WWE Championship.
Really? Is this what we need in November, WWE? Is there no other way to bring in a new “superstar” without resorting to some weak stable? Didn’t we see this with the first Nexus? Are we really saying that Nexus was a great look for those guys, overall?
Hear me out. I get that Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett and David Otunga have done basically OK for themselves. Did they enter the WWE as the same guys they are now? Otunga had bitch hair and was trying to be on the A-list, Daniel Bryan was touted as having no charisma(!), and Ryback was Skip Sheffield. Barrett’s essentially the same, but he ditched the jacket (Otugna got one in maroon), and guys like Justin Gabriel and the One Man Band (can’t remember his name to save my life) are still trying to find themselves. Sure, the Nexus angle helped usher these guys into the WWE big time, but the actual “invasion” did them no favors.
And how does this go about helping CM Punk? He will surely be celebrating 365 days as champ, but instead of doing what he does best (put on phenomenal matches), he’s wrapped up in some weird angle where he gets to brag but is essentially saved by people he’s technically not associated with. If they incorporate his time as the leader of the “New Nexus” and establish some “New New Nexus” with Seth Rollins and company, I might have to break something. And yes, we totally remember saying Punk isn’t like Ric Flair, and we’re still sticking to it. At least when Flair cheated, he was associated with his henchmen (and women). Punk’s claiming ignorance will get old if this lasts through the TLC PPV in December (which it will, considering that Punk will have to be in the title picture come Royal Rumble time if he’s to wrestle The Rock).
While it’s totally understood that it’s hard to sell someone who isn’t a “character” like Damien Sandow or Brodus Clay, you’d think after so many failed stable attempts that the WWE would try to steer clear from that when it’s time to bring in new talent. With the talk earlier this year of HHH trying to revamp developmental, and the praise NXT was getting in the beginning, it feels like he might be regressing to old steps. Remember the Attitude Era, with the nWo in the WCW? When did that stable fail – anyone? Around the time that so many randoms got thrown in. Going to the well too often will render an angle stale. You’d think HHH would see that. Maybe the problem is hiring sitcom and soap opera writers who have no problem falling back on tired storylines as opposed to someone who might be able to breathe life into a stale product.
But what do we know, we’re just watching, right?