Title History WWE Tag Team titles ( John Cena & David Otunga) defeating The Legion of Doom (October 24, 2010); WWE Tag Team titles (Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater) defeating John Cena & David Otunga (October 25, 2010); WWE Tag Team titles (Michael McGillicutty & David Otunga) defeating Kane & The Big Show (May 30, 2011); Career Highlights The Nexus Started as rookies on the World Wrestling Entertainment – NXT: February 23, 2010–WWE NXT: The Nexus made their WWE television debut as “Rookies” on the WWE NXT show.. June 7, 2010–WWE Viewers Choice: Wade Barrett led the other 7 NXT rookies in a shocking invasion of the RAW television show.. ~~~The eight “Rookies” from NXT Season 1 showed up during a match and viciously attacked John Cena like a rabid pack of wolves.. ~~~~~They destroyed the ring, the ringside area, and Daniel Bryan assaulted ring announcer Justin Robert by choking him with his tie.. June 14, 2010–RAW: The NXT group was ordered to apologize but they refused and instead demanded guaranteed WWE contracts.. ~~~RAW General Manager Bret “Hitman” Hart came out and refused to give them contracts and even fired NXT winner Wade Barrett! ~~~LATER: NXT tried to attack John Cena again, but several other WWE Superstars hit the ring and chased them out of the building.. ~~~LATER: The NXT guys attacked Bret Hart, stuffed him into a limousine and then rammed him into other vehicles in the parking lot.. June 21, 2010–RAW: Vince McMahon blamed Bret Hart for the chaos surrounding the NXT group and fired him as General Manager.. ~~~Mr. McMahon said the new General Manager asked to remain anonymous, and he would run RAW by sending Michael Cole emails.. ~~~The new General Manager hired back all of the NXT members – and then each issued arrogant apologies in the middle of the ring.. ~~~~~~MAIN EVENT: John Cena vs. WWE champion Sheamus ended in a No Contest with special outside enforcer Vince McMahon.. ~~~~The NXT group showed up and attacked John Cena… but then they surrounded Vince McMahon and shockingloy destroyed him! June 28, 2010–RAW: It was explained that Wade Barrett was at WWE headquarters in Stamford awaiting his punishment.. ~~~The Nexus (minus Wade Barrett) showed up and attacked Ricky Steamboat and physically destroyed him with all their finishers. July 5, 2010–RAW: The Nexus assembled in the ring where they were informed the physical contact ban on them would be lifted.. ~~~John Cena came out with Randy Orton, Evan Bourne, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, R-Truth, and John Morrison with him.. ~~~However, some heels (Sheamus, Edge, Jericho, The, Ted DiBiase, and the Usos) attacked them allowing the Nexus to escape! ~~~~~~~~The anonymous General Manager called for a truce, so John Cena met Wade Barrett in the ring at the end of the night.. ~~~~~~~~Cena teased a handshake but pulled it… then he was attacked by the Nexus until a bunch of babyfaces storm the ring! July 12, 2010–RAW: The Nexus surrounded Sheamus backstage, and he felt threatened so he ran off to find John Cena! ~~~Nexus (Wade Barrett & Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel & Skip Sheffield & Michael Tarver & David Otunga) beat John Cena .. ~~~After the match; Nexus surrounded Cena in the ring until Sheamus ran out and stood side by side with Cena with steel chairs.. July 13, 2010–NXT: Nexus were invited back to NXT and participated in a 20-Man Battle Royal featuring Season 2 Pros & Rookies.. .. ~~~Nexus (Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater & David Otunga & Wade Barrett & Michael Tarver & Skip Sheffield) won the battle royal ! July 18, 2010–Money in the Bank: Sheamus defeated John Cena in a Steel Cage match to retain the WWE Championship.. ~~~Nexus interfered and sabotaged John Cena’s chances of winning, and Sheamus used this to his advantage and escaped the cage! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~John Cena was extremely angry and took his frustrations out on Nexus members Darren Young & Michael Tarver.. World Wrestling Entertainment – The Road to SummerSlam: July 26, 2010–RAW: The Nexus as a group surrounded the Great Khali in the ring but eventually allowed him to leave unharmed… ~~The Nexus beat Team RAW (Goldust & Mark Henry & Yoshi Tatsu & Jerry Lawler & Evan Bourne & Tyson Kidd & DH Smith) ~~~The Nexus eliminated all seven members of the RAW B-team and promised that the same thing would happen at SummerSlam! August 2, 2010–RAW: Edge vs. Wade Barrett ended in a No Contest when the Nexus showed up (Edge then quit Team WWE!) August 9, 2010–RAW: The Nexus attacked the Hart Dynasty backstage to get under the skin of Team WWE member Bret Hitman Hart. ~~~~~~~The Nexus attacked Mark Henry (who was set to join Team WWE) – they also took out the Great Khali in a backstage assault.. ~~~John Cena & Bret Hart vs. Edge & Chris Jericho with the Nexus as Lumberjacks ended with Team WWE coming together as a group.. August 15, 2010–SummerSlam: Team WWE defeated Team Nexus in a 7-on-7 Elimination match (John Cena sole survivor!) ~~~~~Team WWE (John Cena & Edge & Chris Jericho & John Morrison & R-Truth & Daniel Bryan & Bret “The Hitman” Hart) ~~~~~Nexus (Wade Barrett & Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel & Darren Young & Michael Tarver & Skip Sheffield & David Otunga) World Wrestling Entertainment – The Nexus gets stronger: August 16, 2010–RAW: Wade Barrett defeated Chris Jericho (The Nexus went 5-1 against members of Team WWE tonight!) ~~~~Later that night; The Nexus destroyed Darren Young (the only member to lose his match) and kicked him out of the group! August 30, 2010–RAW: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. The Undertaker never got started because the Nexus destroyed the Undertaker.. ~~~LATER: The Nexus defeated Team WWE in a 5-on-5 Elimination Match which ended with Wade Barrett as the sole survivor.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Nexus (Wade Barrett & Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater & Michael Tarver & David Otunga).. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Team WWE (John Cena & Randy Orton & Edge & Chris Jericho & WWE champion Sheamus) September 6, 2010–RAW: Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett after distraction from former Nexus member Darren Young.. ~~~After the match; there was some chaos involving Randy Orton, Wade Barrett, John Cena, Edge, and WWE champion Sheamus.. September 19, 2010–Night of Champions: Randy Orton won a Six Pack Challenge eliminating Sheamus to win the WWE championship.. ~~~Randy Orton defeated Sheamus (c) and John Cena and Edge and Chris Jericho and Wade Barrett to win the WWE Championship! World Wrestling Entertainment – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett & Nexus (Hell in a Cell): September 20, 2010–RAW: The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) defeated Evan Bourne & Mark Henry. John Cena defeated The Nexus in a Gauntlet match after the Nexus jumped in the ring and attacked Cena.. ~~Cena beat Heath Slater | Cena beat David Otunga | Cena beat Michael Tarver | Cena vs. Justin Gabriel was cut short due to the assault. October 1, 2010–SmackDown!: The Nexus invaded SmackDown! and interrupted the opening match – but the Big Show came to rescue! ~~~The Nexus (Wade Barrett & Justin Gabriel & David Otunga & Michael Tarver & Heath Slater) beat The Big Show (Handicap match).. ~~~~~~MAIN EVENT: World Heavyweight champion Kane vs. John Cena ended in a No Contest with the Nexus acting as lumberjacks.. October 3, 2010–Hell in a Cell PPV: Wade Barrett defeated John Cena in a “Cena joins Nexus vs. Nexus must disband” match.. ~~~John Cena had the match won when two “fans” (Michael McGullicutty & Husky Harris) interfered and help Wade Barrett win! ~~~The Nexus (Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater & Michael Tarver & David Otunga) came to celebrated with Wade Barrett in the ring.. World Wrestling Entertainment – John Cena joins the Nexus: October 4, 2010–RAW: Wade Barrett & The Nexus celebrated their victory and presented John Cena with an official “N” armband.. ~~~MAIN EVENT: Wade Barrett won a 20-man battle royal when he and John Cena were the final two and Cena eliminated himself.. October 11, 2010–RAW: Wade Barrett continued to force John Cena into following his direction to benefit the Nexus as a group.. October 18, 2010–RAW: John Cena & WWE champion Randy Orton defeated Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris in a tag team match.. ~~~After the match; The Nexus attacked Randy Orton… Wade Barrett ordered Cena to watch – and finished Orton off with Wasteland! October 24, 2010–Bragging Rights: Wade Barrett defeated WWE Champion Randy Orton by DQ after clever interference by John Cena.. ~~~Wade Barrett had said if he didn’t win John Cena would be fired, so Cena attacked Barrett so he would win by DQ and keep his job.. World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE champion Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett with referee John Cena (Survivor Series): October 25, 2010–RAW: Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel defeated David Otunga & John Cena to win the WWE Tag Team titles.. ~~~David Otunga complained to Wade Barrett that John Cena was against him, and therefore could not co-exist as Tag Team champion.. ~~~Barrett booked the match and forced Otunga to lay on his back and get pinned so they could keep the tag team titles inside of Nexus… ~~~~~~MAIN EVENT: John Cena defeated Randy Orton by DQ after Wade Barrett attacked Cena (same finish as the night before).. ~~~~~~The winner of the match got to pick the stipulation of the Orton/Barrett match at Survivor Series for the WWE championship.. ~~~~~~~~Wade Barrett chose to make John Cena the referee; if Barrett wins Cena is free, but if he loses Cena will be fired from WWE! November 1, 2010–RAW: The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) defeated The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd). Randy Orton & R-Truth defeated Wade Barrett & David Otunga with special guest referee John Cena.. November 5, 2010–Smackdown!: Alberto Del Rio, Edge, Kane, Kofi Kingston & The Big Show defeated The Nexus (David Otunga, Heath Slater, Husky Harris, Justin Gabriel & Michael McGillicutty). November 8, 2010–RAW: John Cena defeated David Otunga (Wade Barrett & Nexus went backstage so Otunga could prove himself). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Nexus defeated Team Orton in a Ten Man Tag Team Match with special guest referee John Cena.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Nexus = Wade Barrett & Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater & Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Team Orton = Randy Orton & R-Truth & Mark Henry & Daniel Bryan & Mike Mizanin w/Alex Riley.. ~~~Alex Riley hit Orton with a briefcase and Miz hit Orton with the Skull Crushing Finale leading to Orton getting pinned by Barrett.. November 15, 2010–RAW: The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) defeated The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd). November 21, 2010–Survivor Series: Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel w/Nexus beat Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov to retain their titles.. ~~~Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett with special guest referee John Cena to retain the WWE Championship (The Nexus was banned).. ~~~The stipulation was that if Barrett won the title, John Cena would be free, but if Barrett lost, then Cena would be FIRED FROM WWE! ~~Wade Barrett hit Wasteland, but couldn’t get the win so he shoved John Cena – so Cena shoved Barrett into an RKO from Randy Orton! ~~~~~~CONCLUSION: This meant that John Cena was fired from the WWE (in storyline) – so they did a pretend farewell to say good-bye.. World Wrestling Entertainment – Wade Barrett vs. John Cena (TLC PPV): November 22, 2010–RAW: John Cena gave an “emotional farewell speech” and said “good-bye” to the WWE Universe.. ~~~MAIN EVENT: Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett with help from “unemployed” John Cena to retain the WWE championship.. November 29, 2010–King of the Ring: John Cena showed up and took out Nexus members Michael McGillicutty & Heath Slater.. ~~~Wade Barrett went to the ring and called out John Cena, who only appeared on the big screen standing outside in the parking lot.. ~~~The remaining members of Nexus showed up intending to attack John Cena, but he was protected by members of the WWE roster! Mark Henry & Yoshi Tatsu defeated The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel). December 6, 2010–RAW: Wade Barrett called out John Cena and told him his tricks won’t work because he will NEVER rehire him in WWE.. ~~~John Cena said he was happy hanging out with the fans every week and thinking of new ways to make the lives of the Nexus miserable! ~~~~Nexus walked out on Barrett, allowing Cena to attack him! Nexus said Barrett would be kicked out of the group if he didn’t rehire Cena.. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov defeated Mark Henry & Yoshi Tatsu and The Nexus (Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel) and The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) in a 3-way to win the tag team titles. December 13, 2010–The Slammy Awards: Nexus leader Wade Barrett accepted the award for “Shocker of the Year” for invading RAW.. ~~~The Big Show defeated Wade Barrett.. .. .. Barrett later accepted the “Holy **** Move of the Year” Award on behalf of John Cena.. ~~~Wade Barrett officially rehired John Cena…. The Nexus quickly attacked Cena while Barrett grabbed a chair and used it to bash Cena! ~~~~~~~John Cena defeated Nexus member David “A-List” Otunga – (Nexus walked out allowing Cena to absolutely destroy Otunga!) December 19, 2010–TLC PPV: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov defeated Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater w/Nexus to retain their titles.. ~~~John Cena defeated Wade Barrett in a “Chair” match then dumped a load of chairs on top of him from the ceiling to end the show! World Wrestling Entertainment – The Formation of the NEW Nexus: December 27, 2010–RAW: C.M. Punk began the night promising John Cena that there would be a huge surprise in store for him tonight! ~~~LATER: John Cena was assaulted by Nexus (David Otunga & Heath Slater & Justin Grabriel & Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty).. ~~C.M. Punk came out and sat down next to an unconcious Cena, before putting a Nexus armband on, signifying he was their new leader! January 3, 2011–RAW: Wade Barrett returned to confront the new Nexus leader (C.M. Punk), claiming he was still the leader of the group.. ~~~~~~C.M. Punk said if Wade Barrett won the triple threat steel cage match tonight he could be the leader and Punk would work for him.. ~~~MAIN EVENT: Randy Orton beat Wade Barrett and King Sheamus in a 3-WAY Steel Cage Match to earn a title shot at Royal Rumble.. ~~~~~~~~C.M. Punk showed up to “help” Barrett, but instead ripped the Nexus armband off Barrett’s arm and kicked him down to the mat! January 10, 2011–RAW: Vladimir Kozlov & Santino Marella w/ Tamina were attacked in the ring by C.M. Punk & the New Nexus.. ~~~Nexus leader C.M. Punk announced that each member would make a sacrifice tonight and be officially initiated into the New Nexus.. . ~~~Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris, & David Otunga all went through their initiations. . . but Slater & Gabriel refused and quit Nexus! ~~~~~Punk pulled a stunt later teasing that he would jump off the titantron, but it was a hoax to prove that the fans were mindless sheep.. World Wrestling Entertainment – The NEW Nexus in the Royal Rumble: January 17, 2011–RAW: C.M. Punk defeated John Cena by DQ when an unidentified assailant jumped in and kicked Punk in the face! ~~The monster then took out John Cena with a Rock Bottom…. The Nexus ran down to protect their leader, but Punk called them off.. ~~The new guy dropped to his knee and raised his arm in the air, allowing Punk to place a Nexus arm-band so he could join the group.. January 24, 2011–RAW: The Nexus got into a confrontation with The Corre and set up a main event between C.M. Punk & Wade Barrett.. ~~~~~Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris defeated WWE Tag Team champion Vladimir Kozlov & Santino Marella in a Non-title match.. ~~~~~C.M. Punk (w/The Nexus) vs. Wade Barrett (w/The Corre) ended in a Double DQ after special referee John Cena “abused his power”.. January 30, 2011–Royal Rumble: Nexus & C.M. Punk interfered in a match, costing Randy Orton his chance at the WWE championship.. ~~~NOTE: At the beginning of the Rumble; The Corre and The Nexus got into a huge brawl before they were ordered to go backstage! ~~~C.M. Punk entered the Rumble at #1 and lasted 35:22 (the longest of anybody) thanks to the Nexus until John Cena eliminated him! ~~~Husky Harris (#9), Michael McGillicutty (#13), David Otunga (#15), Mason Ryan (#20) all entered and proceeded to help C.M. Punk. ~~~Together, the Nexus dominated for several minutes eliminating 10+ people until John Cena entered and eliminated the entire Nexus! World Wrestling Entertainment – The NEW Nexus (Punk in the Elimination Chamber): January 31, 2011–RAW: Vladimir Kozlov & Santino Marella defeated Michael McGillicutty & Husky Harris to retain the Tag Team titles.. ~~After the match; Randy Orton punted Husky Harris in the head despite warnings from C.M. Punk that he would pay the consequences.. ~~~~LATER: Jerry Lawler beat John Cena & Randy Orton & King Sheamus & C.M. Punk & John Morrison & R-Truth in a RAW Rumble! February 7, 2011–RAW: The Nexus started the night by attacking Orton, but he managed to break Punk’s nose legit during the assault .. ~~~C.M. Punk & Nexus spent the night attacking Elimination Chamber participants: R-Truth, John Morrison, Sheamus, & John Cena.. ~~~~~~~~Mason Ryan defeated R-Truth by submission (decision was reversed by the referee because Mason Ryan was too violent).. ~~~~~~~~John Morrison defeated Michael McGillicutty – (After the match, C.M. Punk attacked Morrison and kicked him in the head!) ~~~~~~~~David Otunga vs. Sheamus ended in No Contest when Mark Henry attacked Sheamus (Nexus orchestrated the whole thing).. ~~~MAIN EVENT: C.M. Punk defeated Cena by DQ after a low blow (Cena was looking over his shoulder expecting a Nexus sneak attack) ~~~~~~~After the match, the Nexus arrived to help C.M. Punk, but Jerry Lawler slipped a chair in the ring for John Cena to protect himself. February 14, 2011–RAW: C.M. Punk defeated John Cena after one member of Nexus hid under the ring and passed Punk a weapon.. ~~~~~~~~~R-Truth & John Morrison defeated Nexus (David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty w/ Mason Ryan) in a tag team match.. ~~~Later that night, John Cena helped Randy Orton fight off Nexus and got some revenge by giving Punk an Attitude Adjustment! February 20, 2011–Elimination Chamber: John Cena defeated five wrestlers to win the Elimination Chamber and become #1 Contender! ~~~~~John Cena defeated C.M. Punk and John Morrison and King Sheamus and Randy Orton and R-Truth in an Elimination Chamber.. World Wrestling Entertainment – Randy Orton vs. C.M. Punk (WrestleMania 27): February 21, 2011–RAW: C.M. Punk defeated John Morrison after working on Morrison’s leg injury from the Elimination Chamber.. ~~Punk explained that he was going after Orton because he attacked him at Unforgiven 2008 and caused him to vacate his World title.. The Anonymous G.M. said over the next few weeks if any Nexus member beats Orton they can be in Punk’s corner at WrestleMania.. February 28, 2011–RAW: Randy Orton defeated Michael McGillicutty with an RKO and then took him out with a punt kick to the head! March 7, 2011–RAW: Randy Orton defeated David Otunga with an RKO and then took him out with a swift punt kick to the head! ~~~LATER: C.M. Punk (w/Mason Ryan) defeated R-Truth by submission – [Mason Ryan destroyed Truth with a Shoulder-breaker!] March 14, 2011–RAW: Randy Orton defeated Mason Ryan with an RKO and then took him out with a swift punt kick to the head!