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5 Best wrestling factions of the 2010s

  • What were the five most influential groups in #WWE and beyond during the past ten years?
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Modified 09 Jan 2020, 07:35 IST

#3 The Nexus (formed in 2010)

Nexus members (l to r) Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Wade Barrett, David Otunga, and Michael Tarver attack The Undertaker
Nexus members (l to r) Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Wade Barrett, David Otunga, and Michael Tarver attack The Undertaker

Members: Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, David Otunga, John Cena, Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, CM Punk, Mason Ryan.

It's hard to believe that The Nexus debuted nearly ten while years ago. It's also hard to belive that ten years ago, NXT was a game show. Let's be honest, that's totally what it was.

OK, so a quick history lesson for those unaquainted. NXT was originally a game/reality show where talent in WWE's developmental territory at the time, Florida Championship Wrestling, would compete in weird competitions - such as singing karaoke or running around the ring and carrying a keg - and participants would, one by one, be eliminated from the show via audience vote. The winner got a main roster call-up and a WWE Championship match.

Following the end of the first season, all eight contestants on the show appeared on an episode of Raw and... well... did this:

I'm not here to go over the entire history of the group - at least, not until it gets closer to the actual anniversary date, I suppose (June 7th, in case you were wondering). Nor, do I intend to do a "Where Are They Now?" for every member, either - although, I think I have a good idea what happened to that Darren Young fellow.

What was extraordinary about The Nexus was that it was an attempt by WWE to bring in a bunch of new blood at once, and in a dramatic way. And, if you've watched the footage above, you know I mean dramatic.

Now, out of all the members listed above that weren't on the main roster already when the group debuted, only four of them are still active WWE wresters (David Otunga is still part of WWE as a commentator). However, the most successful of them all (and, ironically, the one in the group for the shortest amount of time), Daniel Bryan, is a sure-fire Hall of Fame candidate.

Let's not forget another former Nexus member you may have heard of. He just happens to now go by the name Bray Wyatt.

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While the group did sort of fizzle out well before it got started, their debut kicked-started last decade off with a smash. Literally.


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Published 09 Jan 2020, 07:35 IST
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