2010: Team Nexus vs Team WWE
This is possibly the most infamous SummerSlam main event of all time, and for good reason. The Nexus were an invading group that originated on NXT (the old, bad version) made up of leader Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Michael Tarver, Darren Young and Skip Sheffield (who would go on to become Ryback).
They were white hot heading into the event. They’d destroyed the ring and surrounding area on their debut, beaten up legends, and generally caused chaos on every show they were on. The Nexus were the reason I started watching wrestling again. That’s how popular they were. What they really needed was a big win to solidify themselves on the main roster of WWE.
So who stood in their way? A ragtag team of John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho – the latter two of whom were heels at the time – R-Truth, John Morrison, Bret Hart (for some reason) and a mystery partner. It was built perfectly with Team WWE made to join forces with people they usually wouldn’t in order to take down the bigger threat of The Nexus.
So what happened? Team WWE’s mystery partner was revealed to be Daniel Bryan, fresh off his re-signing and out for vengeance against the Nexus for kicking him out of the group (that’s not exactly what happened in real terms but explaining the story of his firing would take too long. (Watch this video instead). The invading group’s advantage had always been numbers, but now the numbers were even. How would they fare? What everyone wanted was for them to beat Team WWE, despite being the heels. But you’re forgetting the most crucial part: the time period that this took place.
This was during Cena’s superman phase of never losing. So guess what? Cena won. After taking a DDT to the concrete on the outside of the ring, he came back to best a 2-on-1 advantage to be the sole survivor of Team WWE in one of the most openly hated main events ever.
What we learnt: Cena wins LOL.