Hustle Is Posting Right Now - The New New New New NEW Nexus
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:04:35 AM
"It's about time we saw it.."
"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
Well-played, WWE. Well-played.
I'm sure a whole lot of you can relate to how I'm feeling in regards to the WWE product these days. I see a long string of events and decisions that leave me scratching my head, and doubts begin to creep into my head. I start asking myself just why I'm still watching when nothing is making any sense. The writing blah blah blah creative team blah blah blah Vince is senile blah blah blah Stephanie blah blah blah not enough big names blah blah blah don't push this guy blah blah blah push this guy blah blah blah waste of an entire division blah blah blah.. you know the routine.
Whenever that happens and I even think about walking away, or even taking a break, WWE will do something that catches my attention, and I decide to stick around.
It's quite the vicious cycle. I've seen it compared to the situation of a woman being beaten in a relationship, and just when she is deciding she doesn't want to deal with it anymore, her boyfriend/husband will do something to remind her why she fell in love in the first place, and the whole thing begins again. I certainly wouldn't go that far in comparing the situations, but there are certainly some similarities there.
Some of you may have noticed, but I don't exactly write columns on a regular basis anymore. It's not that I've become busy in my life and don't have time to sit and put thoughts to "paper". It's that I have become frustrated with what I've been seeing in wrestling. On paper, Survivor Series had all the makings of being a really bad pay-per-view. Many would go so far as to say WWE was purposely trying to sabotage its own event, making changes to the card on a weekly basis, often without any rhyme or reason behind the changes. Hell, they even changed their YouTube pre-show match.
In a single day.
Well, Survivor Series is over, and while it won't go down in history alongside WrestleMania 17, Money In The Bank 2011, and Great American Bash 1989 as my favorite pay-per-view events of all-time, it stood out for what happened at the end of the show. In case you missed it..
Ryback had just hit John Cena with Shell Shock, and looked like he would become the brand new WWE Champion. Before he could go for the pin, three men, dressed in all black, hit the ring and began beating him down. The three men would be revealed as Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns (formerly known as Leakee), all from NXT. At that exact moment, the IWC lost its collective mind. Most were thrilled to see some of the biggest names in NXT finally make their main roster debut, while others were questioning the way they made their debut. Whatever side of the fence you're on, though, you were still talking about those three men, and that's the point.
Personally, I'm really excited to see those guys on the main roster. I've made my thoughts perfectly clear about all three of them, either in my columns or during episodes of the Lords Of Podcast Roundtable. Ambrose is Ambrose.. perhaps the best young master of psychology in wrestling that we've seen since Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and I say that without even the slightest bit of hyperbole. Rollins has been compared to CM Punk, in-ring wise, since he started becoming a name on the independent scene, and while I'm aware of people's complaints in regards to his charisma & mic skills, I've been predicting big things in his future for five years now. Reigns is the next big Samoan star in the world of wrestling, who is already more advanced than his cousin, The Rock, was two years into his wrestling career. When you throw all three of them into the mix together, you have an endless amount of possibilities.
I know, I know.. as of this very moment, we don't know what their role is. Are they in cahoots with CM Punk and Paul Heyman, helping Punk retain the title and putting together some sort of stable? Are they their own stable, going after Ryback for reasons that we'll find out soon? Will they never be heard from again, and all of the focus will simply shift to CM Punk and his now year-long reign as WWE Champion? Hopefully we get those questions answered starting tonight on Raw, but it's all I needed to become interested once again.
What I don't like is all of the complaining I'm seeing already. None of us know anything about the storyline, where it's going, where WWE wants it to go, etc. Even with that lack of knowledge, people are complaining that the debut was poor. They're complaining that the debut failed because the majority of the WWE Universe doesn't know who these guys are.
No shit, brain surgeons. It's a fucking DEBUT. That's kind of how things work. You know who else the majority of wrestling fans knew nothing about when they made their WWF/WWE debuts? The Rock. Hunter Hearst Helmsley. John Cena. Shawn Michaels. Brock Lesnar. Hulk Hogan. CM Punk. The Undertaker. Edge. Bret Hart. Randy Orton. Jeff Hardy. The list goes on and on and on. You know what all of those guys have in common? They all turned out to have relatively decent careers. They won a match or two here and there. I don't know what those of you who are complaining were expecting. A six-hour documentary on each man, going over their entire life story, handed out to every fan attending live events for months before last night, and shown twice a day on the USA Network during the same span? The average WWE fan has never seen Ambrose, Rollins or Reigns wrestle, and I get that, but I'll say this again.. today, everyone is talking about them. They showed up at one of WWE's larger pay-per-view events of the year, and interrupted the main event involving the two biggest names in wrestling today and one of the fastest-rising names in the business. They took a man that has been built as an unstoppable monster for months.. one who has often decimated multiple people at once.. and they gave him the biggest beatdown of his career. That's how you create the foundation that stars are built on. Now, I'm not saying Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns will all go on to have Hall Of Fame careers, or even that all of them will reach the main event level. However, I can safely say that they're already off to a much better start than they would have been if they came in separately, randomly inserted in the midcard, feuding with the likes of R-Truth or Santino.
A lot of complaints I'm seeing are along the lines of asking why it was Roman Reigns that made his debut, and not Kassius Ohno. While I definitely would have enjoyed a "stable" of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Kassius Ohno, I'm not going to sit here and complain about Roman Reigns being there instead. First and foremost, we have no idea if this is the end. Ohno could debut tonight on Raw. He could be debuting very soon. There could be more NXT names coming soon. We'll find out soon, either way.
While I'm discussing NXT debuts, I know that a lot of people are already comparing this to The Nexus making their debut in 2010. The line of thinking is the same for all of you thinking that way.. The Nexus debuted out of nowhere in awesome fashion, and there was a lot of promise there before everything fizzled out spectacularly. I get that. That's fine. However, what this new group has going for them is that their overall level of talent is better than the overall level of talent in The Nexus upon their debut. Yes, that group had Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, but it also had Heath Slater, David Otunga and Michael Tarver. A lot of "filler" in the group. This new group doesn't have any "filler", and there's still room to add new people, should the company decide to go in that direction. Like I said earlier, the end result could be the same, but to have a stronger foundation to begin with is very important, and that's what we have here.
The WWE roster was in dire need of a shot in the arm. More depth was needed, and some fresh talent could really be used on both Raw and Smackdown. That's where we are now. More depth has been added, and we have some fresh talent. Maybe we'll get even more depth soon, and maybe it'll just be the three new people. Personally, I'm going to be happy with the possibilities of what's to come. As I said, this has given me a new reason to be excited for Raw. I'm really anxious to tune in tonight and see what happens. I want to see if they're aligned with anyone. I want to see if they have a name for their group. I want to see if we get any more debuts. I want to see what Ryback's response is going to be. I'm excited for Raw, and really, isn't that all that matters?
It's your move, WWE. The ball is clearly in your court. I'm not asking for a miracle, or even an era-defining storyline. I'm just asking to give me a reason to be excited for Raw next week, and we can build from there.
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