WWE Raw: John Cena won't leave Nexus alone, but Nexus leaves Wade Barrett alone

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December 08, 2010|By Kevin Eck | The Baltimore Sun

On Monday night’s Raw, John Cena moved one step closer to being rehired. That’s good news, because I’ve really missed him since he’s been gone.


Oh, that’s right. He never left, did he?

I’ve enjoyed the ongoing feud between Cena and The Nexus for the most part, but I’m not a big fan of how the free-or-fired stipulation is playing out.

Everyone with the slightest bit of sense knew that Cena wasn’t going to stay fired, but the fact that he didn’t sell the firing for even a single episode of Raw and could very well be reinstated as soon as next week’s show is kind of lame. My guess is that WWE didn’t want to take the chance of having Cena fans stop watching Raw if he wasn’t on the show.

Monday’s episode did end with an interesting twist, however. Cena told Wade Barrett that he would continue to make life miserable for The Nexus until Barrett reinstated him. Barrett refused and ordered the other Nexus members to attack Cena, but they staged a mutiny and left Barrett to fend for himself.

After Barrett ran away from Cena, David Otunga told him that if he didn’t rehire Cena, he would be the one to be kicked out of the group.

At this point, it’s probably for the best if Cena is rehired and WWE just moves on to the next phase of the story line.

Other thoughts on Monday’s show:

Why hasn’t the anonymous Raw general manager gotten involved in the Cena situation? Couldn’t the GM just have Cena arrested for jumping the rail and attacking the talent every week? ...

More Cena questions: Why was Cena’s entrance music playing at the end of the show? I thought he doesn’t work for the company anymore. And just how did Cena manage to attack Otunga and Husky Harris in their hotel room and then make it back to Raw and hide under the ring without anyone noticing? Perhaps he possesses the same magic powers that allow TNA’s Kurt Angle and “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero to suddenly appear out of nowhere in caskets. ...

The show got off to a hot start with the confrontation between Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Cole’s explanation for costing Lawler the WWE title in his TLC match against The Miz on last week’s show was that he just got caught up in the emotion of the moment. Cole said that he regretted his actions, but when Lawler pushed for an apology, Cole said that Lawler was the one who owed him an apology because he didn’t allow Miz to have his moment. That was a great heel move. ...

Since the Raw GM ordered Cole and Lawler to shake hands and prohibited them from any physicality, I suppose that explains how they will continue to work together at the announce table going forward. ...

As soon as Randy Orton came out during the Cole-Lawler segment, you knew Cole was getting an RKO. ...

CM Punk, who was wearing a Charles Manson t-shirt, was better on commentary this week. The announcing gig has resulted in him getting a babyface reaction from the crowd. ...
Punk made a reference to Lawler throwing fireballs at his opponents (that was one of Lawler’s gimmicks in Memphis during the territory days), and Josh Matthews – who was sitting in for Cole after he got RKO’d – had no idea what Punk was talking about. “Watch your tapes. Know your history,” Punk replied. ...

Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov winning the WWE tag team title in a four-way match over Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater, The Usos and Mark Henry and Yoshi Tatsu was a surprise. I can’t believe Marella actually won a title with “The Cobra.” With Marella and Kozlov as champs I suppose the tag team title is officially a joke. It was just last year that a TLC match pitting DX against Chris Jericho and The Big Show headlined a pay-per-view. It looks as if the Marella/Tamina story line is going to be the catalyst for a tag team title program between Marella and Kozlov and The Usos. It’s a shame the tag team title is being used in a comedy feud, but the program will probably be entertaining. ...

Sheamus looked ridiculous in his king garb. It’s simply impossible to look like a tough guy in that getup. ...

John Morrison did OK in his verbal exchange with Sheamus and he also showed some fire when he attacked the Irishman. However, I hope that Morrison doesn’t ever try his hand at stand-up comedy, which more and more pro wrestlers seem to be doing. The guy just doesn’t do funny very well, although he once again was given very lame material. ...

Tyson Kidd’s new bodyguard looks like a cross between a young Kevin Nash and Matt Morgan. He wasn’t given a name on Raw, but he has wrestled as Jackson Andrews in WWE’s Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory. WWE is clearly going for a Shawn Michaels/Diesel-type duo with Kidd and Andrews. ...

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