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The Nexus makes their presence felt on WWE Smackdown¿s debut on SyFy

An act from Raw made the biggest impression on the debut episode of Smackdown on SyFy Friday night.

The Nexus interrupted the opening match for the Intercontinental title between champion Dolph Ziggler and MVP and laid out both men. Nexus leader Wade Barrett then announced that he was close friends with the president of SyFy and thus was able to book a couple matches for the show – Nexus versus The Big Show in a five-on-one handicap match, and John Cena versus Kane with The Nexus as lumberjacks.

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Barrett and company went on to score a quick victory over Big Show, and their interference in the main event between Cena and Kane led to the match ending in a no-contest.

With The Nexus' existence on the line for the Barrett-Cena match at Sunday's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, it made sense to feature them prominently on the go-home show.

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Other thoughts on Friday's show:

Overall, I thought this episode was a bit of a mixed bag. Having the top stars from Raw on added to the excitement level, but there were no matches or angles that were particularly memorable. …

I was surprised that The Undertaker and Paul Bearer didn't cut a promo explaining why they were back together and Bearer isn't siding with his "son" Kane and where Bearer has been for the past six years after The Undertaker tried to bury him alive in cement. …

Cena versus Kane was an interesting match-up, as it pitted two WWE veterans who have rarely wrestled each other (at least from what I can recall). I'm surprised WWE didn't promote this match ahead of time. …

Regarding The Undertaker's win over CM Punk, which was pretty much a squash, I get it that WWE was trying to show how much stronger The Undertaker is now that he has been reunited with Bearer (and the magical urn) than he was the last time he faced Punk, but Punk still deserves better. I really hope he gets into a productive program with someone soon. …

The segment with Alberto Del Rio and the returning Rey Mysterio got a good reaction from the crowd. I'm looking forward to a series of matches between these two. …

Nobody likes Jack Swagger more than me, but the segment with him proclaiming to be the king of Oklahoma or something to that effect was just stupid. Then again, based on what Edge said when he interrupted Swagger, I guess that was the intention. Edge said that he was making it his mission to eliminate everything that's stupid in WWE. Hornswoggle better watch his back. Anyway, Edge was acting like a total babyface. Does that mean he's turning again? …

Speaking of Hornswoggle, I'm not the biggest Michelle McCool fan, but I marked out for her when she kicked the little guy in the face. …

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The Divas match in which Kelly Kelly, Natalya and The Bella Twins defeated Lay-Cool, Alicia Fox and Maryse had a lot of energy, but it was kind of a cluster. …

I was disappointed that the Ziggler-MVP match only went about two minutes before The Nexus interfered. However, The Nexus' attack on Ziggler and MVP, which led to Big Show and Cena making the save, did get the show off to a hot start. …

Did Matt Striker actually say that David Otunga was "something of a pop culture icon?" Let's not get carried away. …

Green Day's "Know Your Enemy" is an excellent choice for Smackdown's new theme song.


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