There’s just no way around the comparisons.
Last night at Survivor Series, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns made their WWE debuts by jumping the guardrail, and laying out Ryback in the main event.
It felt all too familiar.
On the June 7, 2010, episode of Monday Night Raw, The Nexus made their debut. The eight men laid out John Cena, CM Punk and everyone else in their path.
Last night featured another match involving Cena and Punk when a group of new attackers hit.
Ryback himself was also a former member of The Nexus, giving another possible clue to the reformation of the group.
Either way, the ending was relatively the same: complete chaos.
Luckily for the announcers, they didn’t have to make a run for it this time. The neckties also thankfully stayed on at Survivor Series.
Just like last night, fans were familiar with the new group previously from their work on NXT. The difference now is that NXT is much less relevant than it used to be. It’s no longer a national cable television show.
Maybe that could be a gripe of this new stable, they're toiling away on a show that no one watches when they should be on the main roster.
So what exactly are we seeing here? A new Nexus? A Brad Maddox stable? Some new members to a CM Punk group?
No matter what, the additions of these three guys to the main roster is exactly what WWE needed right now. It’s been months since we’ve seen anyone new (and Fandango just isn’t going to cut it), and the entire roster was just feeling flat.
A straight-up new Nexus could be okay, but it would feel odd without Wade Barrett. Sure, CM Punk was in control of the group at one point, too, but that was after they had already peaked.
It's doubtful that Barrett has anything to do with this, as he wasn't protected last night in the elimination tag match. Had he been the last one standing, that could have been a clue.
Another option is for WWE to have these guys complain about their lack of opportunities like Brad Maddox did.
This is dangerous territory.
Within the context of WWE storytelling, all that should matter is wins and losses. That’s it. That’s how a wrestler should make his way onto the main roster. That’s how a wrestler should earn a title shot.
When the company starts talking about their charisma or performance ability, it gets muddy. Brad Maddox complained about not having his shot, but couldn’t the announcers simply have said that he just isn’t good enough?
The third option would be for the group to join CM Punk. This could be why Heyman reached out to Maddox last week on Raw.
This too could be a lot of fun, but also has a potential big flaw.
During the run of The Nexus, it was Wade Barrett and then there was everyone else. No other member in the group had a defined personality. No one else was protected.
Hopefully, these three rookies aren’t fed to Ryback just so Punk doesn't have to do any jobs.
If WWE really wants to have these guys mean something right now, then they too need to be protected. With the unstoppable Cena and Ryback, though, that could be doubtful.
Still, the best option may be to stick them with Heyman and Punk.
The way Heyman talks about his “clients” is gold. He’s been getting wrestlers over since his days as Paul E. Dangerously in WCW. WWE is in desperate need of some new stars, and Heyman could help these guys get there.
Dean Ambrose is a great talker, and could probably lead the faction on his own, but WWE may want to give the group a rub first by sticking them with the champion.
Whether the Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns group will actually be called The Nexus or not, WWE has hopefully learned from their past mistakes.
Basically, don’t feed an entire group to one guy.
Ryback may be hungry, but there are plenty of other wrestlers to snack on for now. WWE needs to start building their future.