In a surprising revelation, WWE legend John Cena has admitted to a major booking mistake made during SummerSlam 2010, where Team WWE emerged victorious against the red-hot stable, The Nexus. Cena’s confession comes via WWE Hall of Famer Edge, shedding light on a pivotal moment in wrestling history.
The Controversial Clash
The main event of SummerSlam 2010 featured a high-stakes showdown between Team WWE and The Nexus. The Nexus, led by Wade Barrett, had taken the wrestling world by storm with their dominant debut. However, the decision to have Team WWE win that night garnered massive backlash from fans and wrestlers alike.
Edge and Jericho’s Opposition
Edge, who was a member of Team WWE, recently spoke with ITR Wrestling and revealed that both he and Chris Jericho vehemently opposed the decision for Team WWE to emerge victorious against The Nexus. They believed that it was a misstep that could hinder the momentum of the rising faction.
Edge recounted the moment when Cena, along with other higher-ups, insisted on Team WWE’s victory. He explained,
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“To guys like me and Jericho, it’s like well, ‘This is… here goes that gimmick!’ And a certain point you just go right. I would love for them to be able to keep rolling and running, and I think you now have new main event players, that’s obviously not in someone’s plans. So all Chris and I could do is go right and what we both said is you’re all making a mistake and we left it at that. And I think it proved over time, it was a mistake. To his credit, he came back that night, he goes, ‘You were right!’ Yep we were.”
Cena’s Admission of Error
Surprisingly, John Cena himself later approached Edge and Jericho, acknowledging the mistake. Edge revealed, “To his credit, he came back that night, he goes, ‘You were right!’ Yep, we were.”
The Impact on Wade Barrett
The aftermath of SummerSlam 2010 saw The Nexus losing momentum, and Wade Barrett’s career trajectory changed dramatically. He went on to have a Chairs match against Cena at TLC 2010, which marked the end of his main-event status. Despite winning the Intercontinental title on five occasions and being crowned the 2015 King of the Ring, Barrett never ascended to the pinnacle of WWE as a world champion.
A Missed Opportunity?
The revelation of Cena’s regret raises questions about what could have been if The Nexus had won at SummerSlam 2010. Could it have led to a different trajectory for the faction and its members? Only time will tell.
This revelation offers a unique glimpse into the behind-the-scenes decisions that shape WWE’s history. It also prompts fans to speculate about the potential alternate outcomes that might have unfolded had The Nexus emerged victorious.