There may have only been one winner of NXT season one, but that wasn’t going to stop the entire cast from forcing themselves into the company. With an invasion the likes of which we’d arguably never seen before Nexus made their mark in one night. Whether it had been a good guy, bad guy, staff member, no one was safe from the havoc of Nexus. These guys were young, hungry, and strong. Even the WWE's #1 monster heel at the time -Sheamus - ran in terror when approached by them. Then the big showdown came, WWE vs. Nexus at Summerslam....Nexus lost a TEAM VS. TEAM match in essence proving they weren't that hot of a unit after all. From that point all the Nexus guys except for Wade Barrett were made out to look like jobbers. A glimmer of hope came in the form of a Cena vs. Barrett match with the stipulation being that Cena had to join Nexus if he lost the match. This was the perfect opportunity to bring some legitimacy to Nexus with the number one babyface in the company turning bad by force and helping them dominate. Unfortunately, Cena was unwilling from day one to act in the best interest of Nexus and single-handedly disbanded the group before they broke off into New Nexus on RAW and The Corre on Smackdown. Today only two of the original Nexus members are experiencing any level of success (Bryan and Barrett) but the success is quite minimal.
Summer of Punk 2011
No one will ever forget the shoot heard around the world. Punk was sick and tired of being overlooked despite being the best in the company and he was going to stick to the corporate bully Vince McMahon by beating his poster boy John Cena for the WWE Championship and riding off into the sunset with the belt. All this in the midst of the Money in the Bank briefcase matches and a change in power with HHH taking over for Vince. A person who'd only watched WWE for even just that month could write the next year's worth of storylines based off the Money in the Bank PPV no problem. Unfortunately CM Punk was rushed back on TV after winning the title at MITB pretty much killing his entire storyline of being fed up with the WWE the month prior and we never got any satisfying resolution to any of the original conflicts. CM Punk lost the belt, though he has since regained it.
So which of these two promising angles disappointed you more? I’m not asking which was better during the first chapter. I’m wondering which blew all that potential they had harder.