Vince McMahon is a very picky man, especially when it comes to what he wants to see on his company’s television shows. This high quality standard has led to a few Superstars’ dismissals from the company. He’s also not afraid to fire an entire stable if needed.
While speaking to Lucha Libre Online, Fred Rosser, former WWE Superstar Darren Young, said that Nexus was a sink or swim situation. They had a job to do, and if the faction didn’t deliver then Vince McMahon was ready to fire them all.
“It was something that we all needed to deliver. You know, we were doing the first season of it of NXT and then we were in Miami, Florida, and we were brought into this office and we were told by Vince McMahon and the higher-ups that we were going to be doing this and we definitely had to deliver or if we didn’t we would have been fired.”
“And it was a moment that I’ll never forget because it’s in the history books of us causing a complete havoc, and you know, you’ll have guys like Chris Jericho and Edge, and I agree with them that Nexus should have dominated team WWE, but you know maybe WWE learn from that lesson and handling us when they started handling The Shield.”
Nexus didn’t win against Team WWE, and that story is famous at this point. John Cena picked them off, and he won the night for the main roster.
In a previous interview with Pro Wrestling Junkies, Heath Slater also admitted that he is 95% sure that John Cena was the root of Nexus’ downfall in WWE.
“I’ll tell you this much, I’ve had so many people ask me that over the years. Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s 100% fact, but I could comfortably say it’s a 95% fact. The whole time we were there, we were going over. We were playing to win. Edge and Jericho basically came up with that whole match. They planned it all out and had where it was, how it should be, where I think the last one left was Wade. And then the next thing you know, 4 hours later, it was just not happening that way.”
“Looking back at it now, if we would have took over SummerSlam and ran it to ‘Mania, and had some super group come and let them destroy us – they should have put it in jeopardy and really made people believe that we were a threat, and want to see some group come in and beat us. They just cut it off when we were almost to the peak of the mountain.”
WWE didn’t fire the entire Nexus faction as a whole, but they certainly didn’t get the treatment that some had hoped for them. At least they delivered well enough that Vince McMahon didn’t fire them all in one swoop.