Monday night's episode of Raw was all about The Nexus getting its heat back after losing to Team WWE in the main event of Sunday's SummerSlam pay-per-view.

I'm sure not everyone will agree with me, but I think that goal was achieved.

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Wade Barrett set the tone for the evening with a solid promo to open the show. He used the old "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger" line and said that everyone was worried about what was going to happen if The Nexus won at SummerSlam, but no one asked what would happen if they lost. Barrett vowed that the consequences would be dire and that Nexus would be even more ruthless.

It was then announced by the anonymous Raw general manager that members of The Nexus would face members of Team WWE in a series of individual matches throughout the night, and there would be swift punishment if any Nexus members interfered. Barrett added that any Nexus wrestler who lost would be exiled from the group.

Nexus went on to win all of its matches except the final one, which saw John Cena (insert your Super Cena remark here) defeat Darren Young. While I'm sure some fans will point to the fact that three of Nexus' five wins had fluke finishes, the bottom line is that when given the opportunity to get rid of Nexus one by one, some of WWE's biggest stars ultimately failed to get the job done.

And when you also consider that the elimination match at SummerSlam was very competitive and went down to the wire, I have to agree with something else that Barrett said in his opening promo – that reports of Nexus' demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

It will be interesting to see what happens next with Young, who was beaten down by Nexus and kicked out of the group after his loss to Cena. My guess is that Young stays on the Raw roster as a babyface, perhaps as an ally of Daniel Bryan. Young was given a decent amount of offense against Cena and he showed guts by saying that he wanted to be the one to take on Cena (the GM had said that the Nexus guys could each pick which Team WWE wrestler they wanted to face, with the exception being Barrett, who was booked against Chris Jericho). …

Barrett and Jericho had a good match, and to the surprise of no one, Jericho did the clean job to his former protégé. The other clean victory for Nexus saw Skip Sheffield pin John Morrison after a clothesline in the tag team match that pitted Sheffield and David Otunga against Morrison and R-Truth. Sheffield didn't really impress me on NXT Season 1, but he has been one of the stars of Nexus since the angle began. The former "Corn-fed Meathead" is very believable as an intense powerhouse. As for Morrison, unfortunately it's really beginning to look as if Miz is right about him being the Marty Jannetty of their former tag team. …

Let's take a look at Nexus' three "fluke" wins: Michael Tarver, after being dominated by Bryan, got the pin with a roll-up thanks to The Miz and Alex Riley distracting Bryan; Justin Gabriel defeated Randy Orton (who was a substitution for Bret Hart) by countout after Orton began brawling with Sheamus outside the ring; and Heath Slater beat Edge by countout in a competitive match when Edge missed a spear outside the ring. From a booking standpoint, I thought all three finishes worked since the idea was for Nexus to win without the WWE stars losing credibility. Critics can say that the Nexus guys were made to look weak in victory, but winning matches they didn't deserve only increases their heel heat in my opinion. Plus, these matches were a lot more believable than the elimination match three weeks ago when Nexus totally dominated the likes of Evan Bourne, The Hart Dynasty and Mark Henry. …

If my math is correct, Bryan, who was on the losing side at SummerSlam before falling to Tarver on Raw, is now 1-12 on WWE television, with his lone victory coming against Santino Marella in an eight-on-four tag match on Raw in May. Even worse is the fact that he is 0-2 against Tarver. [CORRECTION: Bryan's record on WWE TV is actually 3-11. He defeated The Miz in a singles match on Raw on May 31, and he was obviously on the winning side, not the losing side, at SummerSlam. Thanks to all who alerted me to the error of my ways. I'm blaming it on lack of sleep. Or memory loss due to old age. Or both.]

When Riley got a chance to cut a promo with The Miz after their attack on Bryan, he again proved that from a mic skills standpoint he is ready to be in WWE right now. …

I was wondering how WWE was going to get out of delivering the advertised Hart-Gabriel match, as I knew there was no way those two could have a match given Hart's physical limitations. Having the GM say, "I've never liked Bret Hart and I don't want to ever see him compete on Raw again," and then inserting Orton into the match worked because the fans were more excited to see Orton than they were disappointed that Hart wasn't wrestling. By the way, no, I am not the Raw GM. …

Orton's facial expressions and intensity were tremendous during his beat-down of Sheamus with a chair, and the crowd was really hot for the segment. Orton leaving and then coming back to deliver an RKO on the floor was a nice touch. On a side note, with Sheamus out cold, The Miz missed another golden opportunity to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. …

Cena's humor has been mostly off the mark as of late, but he had some pretty funny lines when he was making fun of each Nexus member during the opening segment. …

Cena once again made a joke about the resemblance between him and Young. Actually, I think Young physically looks like a mishmash of WWE stars. Not only does he have the face of Cena, but he also has the body of The Rock and the hair of Sheamus. Too bad he also seems to have the charisma of Steve Blackman. …

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In the biggest surprise of the night, Jillian Hall pinned Eve Torres clean in the six-woman tag match that saw Hall, Alicia Fox and Maryse defeat Torres, Melina and Gail Kim. …

It was announced that the word "unified" will no longer be used in regard to the WWE tag team title, and The Hart Dynasty was presented with a new set of belts. Those changes should have been made a long time ago, although it's not really a big deal. …

Three actors from the upcoming romantic comedy "Going the Distance" were on hand to promote the movie. I recognized one of them as the guy who dates Drew Barrymore and used to do those Mac/PC commercials, but I had no idea who the other two were. I do know that they were on screen for all of about 15 seconds before they wore out their welcome. I guess WWE couldn't get Barrymore, who also stars in "Going the Distance," to be on the show. Heck, I would have flown to Los Angeles for Raw if she would have been there. My man-crush on Shawn Michaels pales in comparison to my borderline unhealthy infatuation with Drew. Too much information?

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