December 14, 2010
One month after Wade Barrett nearly permanently ended the career of one of the most beloved Superstars in WWE history, the Nexus mastermind will again battle a returning John Cena in a Chairs Match this Sunday at WWE TLC.
As its name suggests, use of a steel chair as a weapon in a Chairs Match is completely legal. Judging by the storied animosity between these two combative Superstars, retribution in this harrowing encounter will indeed accompany the bending of steel and the bruising of flesh.
Tasked to serve as special guest referee in a WWE Championship bout between Barrett and then-titleholder Randy Orton at Survivor Series, Cena faced a unique stipulation that tested his signature virtues of hustle, loyalty and respect. If Barrett were to become WWE Champion, Cena would be freed of his forced allegiance to The Nexus. However, if The Viper retained, Cena would be fired from WWE. Even though it meant giving up the thing he loves the most, the Legendary star did the right thing that fateful night, raising a deserving Orton’s hand in victory. The very next night on Raw, Cena gave a heartfelt farewell speech to the WWE Universe before walking up the entrance ramp one final time … or so we thought.
Attending Raw each week as a paying ticketholder, Cena continued to torment Barrett and his arm-banded entourage, making good on his vow to systematically dismantle The Nexus and rid WWE of its treachery. As Cenation cheered him on, Cena ambushed members of The Nexus in the locker room area, hopped the barricade to interfere in their matches and even cost Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater the WWE Tag Team Championships.
In addition to the physical anguish Cena has caused The Nexus, the nine-time World Champion’s persistent attacks widened growing rifts between the group and its leader. In fact, a frustrated David Otunga, blaming Barrett for Cena’s aggression toward them, led the rest of The Nexus in turning their back on the calculating Brit and issuing an ultimatum: Either Cena is reinstated as a WWE Superstar, or Barrett is exiled from The Nexus. On a special Slammy Awards edition of Raw, Barrett decreed that Cena would indeed be rehired under the condition that he battle the Nexus mastermind at WWE TLC in a Chairs Match – among the most barbaric contests in WWE history.
Will make Barrett eat cold steel in this anticipated encounter? Or will The Nexus leader make Cena regret having his job back? To find out, tune in to WWE TLC, this Sunday, only on pay-per-view.