Earlier this month, June 7th, marked 10 years to the day that the faction that went on to be called The Nexus so memorably interrupted the main event of Raw to destroy the ring, the wrestlers, ringside personnel and everything else they could get their hands on.
It was a wonderful start but for a variety of reasons (mainly booking related), the faction never lived up to their initial promise.
With the April 15th release of Heath Slater, only Daniel Bryan remains with WWE as an active wrestler from the original line up.
Recently, former member Darren Young has spoken about WWE attempting to mark the 10-year anniversary of the group forming by hosting something of a reunion at WWE Axxess which was due to be held, as usual, around WrestleMania.
Of course, Mania didn’t happen this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and neither did Axxess so plans were dropped.
However, in an appearance today on the Wrestling Inc daily podcast, Stu Bennett (Nexus leader Wade Barrett revealed that he turned down WWE’s offer to be part of the reunion. He said:
“I was called in January or February by the Talent Relations team in WWE about something they wanted to do during WrestleMania to coincide with the 10th anniversary of NEXUS. I actually turned it down as I didn’t like the offer or the plan. I saw Darren just after that and he said he was gonna go and do something with them. But I wasn’t going to be involved in whatever it was.
In all honestly, if it had been something more significant, I would have paid it more attention. But it was something, to me, that I wasn’t interested in doing. There was no benefit at all, for me, in doing it and I wasn’t excited about it, so I turned the offer down.“
Fairly conclusive. It would be interesting to see just how many members of the faction would have been part of the reunion. The original members, along with the leader Barrett were Heath Slater, Darren Young, Daniel Bryan, Michael Tarver, Skip Sheffield (Ryback), Justin Gabriel & David Otunga.
Bennett also revealed that wrestling in its current form, without crowds doesn’t feel right to him:
I’ve tuned in very briefly. To be honest with you, I’ve struggled with the lack of fans there. I think they’re an integral part of pro wrestling. Even sports like soccer – they’re bringing it back without the fans – and I think that’s gonna hurt soccer somewhat. But you still have a goal of winning and losing in soccer which is paramount. In wrestling, the story is really the reaction of the fans and if that’s not there, then it’s really difficult.
Since leaving WWE, Barrett has appeared in non-wrestling roles for Defiant Wrestling & WOS Wrestling in the UK as well as a very brief appearance in the final episode of Lucha Underground.
You can watch the full interview below: