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WWE Raw: John Cena officially becomes part of the `N¿ crowd

If Monday night's Raw was any indication, then the story line of John Cena joining The Nexus is going to be a good one and just might be exactly what WWE needs to spark the show's sagging ratings.

Wade Barrett's promo to open the show got a lot of heat, and Cena did a nice job of selling how conflicted he was over his circumstances. WWE then teased that Cena was going to be able to outsmart The Nexus by destroying them from within.

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In a tag team match pitting Cena and Michael Tarver against Evan Bourne and Mark Henry, Cena refused to help Tarver and then destroyed him after the match. "I just proved that you can be Nexus and against us," Cena said.

However, the anonymous Raw general manager announced that if Cena did not take direction from Barrett then he would not be honoring the stipulations of this past Sunday's pay-per-view match and would be fired.

That set up the climax to the show, which was a 20-man battle royal to determine who faces WWE champion Randy Orton at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view on Oct. 24. Before the match, Barrett ordered Cena to make sure that Barrett won it.

Cena saved Barrett several times during the match, and they ended up being the last two men in the ring. Barrett demanded that Cena eliminate himself, and after Cena initially resisted, creating some drama, he did exactly that. So it will be Orton versus Barrett at the pay-per-view.

Of course, the big question with the Cena/Nexus story line is what the payoff will be. Will Cena eventually get an opportunity to win back his freedom and remain a hero to all the little kids and women in the "WWE Universe?" Or will he turn heel at some point and become a true member of The Nexus?

Creatively speaking, the best thing would be for Cena to turn, but will WWE have the testicular fortitude to pull the trigger? We can only hope.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

I was disappointed to see Cena continuing to wear his purple and gold t-shirt and cap. He was only forced to put on a Nexus armband rather than a black and yellow t-shirt. That was weak. …

Just as I predicted, Edge is leaving Raw for Smackdown, as the Raw GM announced that Edge had been traded. It makes sense because Edge seems lost in the shuffle on Raw and Smackdown needs another top guy on the roster. I wonder if we will find out on Smackdown Friday who Raw gets in the trade. CM Punk, perhaps? …

While Cena was delivering a long beat-down to Tarver, I was wondering why the rest of The Nexus wasn't coming out to make the save, but Barrett later told Cena that he was going to get rid of Tarver anyway. Barrett also said that Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty – the two guys who interfered in the Cena-Barrett match Sunday night – were not part of The Nexus, but I'm guessing that's going to change. ...

When the Raw GM said that he would fire Cena if he didn't legitimately become a member of The Nexus, he stated that "no one man, despite his popularity, is bigger than WWE." Well, except for The Rock, who, by the way, will be featured on WWE Classics on Demand the entire month of "Rocktober." …

Michael Cole tried to make the point that the crowd didn't know what to make of Cena being with The Nexus and therefore their reaction to Cena was mixed. Except it wasn't. Cena almost always gets a mixed reaction, but ironically this crowd was solidly behind him. …

There is an interesting sub-plot developing with The Nexus in which David Otunga and Barrett are beginning to butt heads. …

The talking segment with Edge, Cole, The Miz and Alex Riley was entertaining. While I do think Edge going to Smackdown is a good move, an Edge-Miz program would have been fun. …

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They replayed the segment from last week when Edge beat up the computer and it made me laugh out loud again. "Edge, stop looking at me like that. You've got the crazy eyes. … Cole, stop him, Cole!" …

I get it that WWE wanted Sheamus to get his heat back after losing to Orton at Hell in a Cell, but having him destroy Daniel Bryan wasn't a smart decision. It made Bryan look really weak. Someone such as Primo should have been in that spot, not the U.S. champion who was coming off a big win at the pay-per-view. Now if Bryan returns the favor on next Monday's Raw and this was the start of a program between the two, then I'll take back what I said. …

Speaking of things that weren't smart, shouldn't Sheamus have sold even just a little bit the effects of being in a supposedly brutal Hell in a Cell match the night before? …

The person who came up with the idea of having Michelle McCool and Layla mic'd up during their tag team match against The Bellas should be fired. That was perhaps the greatest example of turn-the-channel heat since a certain bloated, Florida-based shock jock's stint in TNA. …

Goldust was revealed as the mystery person who has been stalking Ted DiBiase Jr. and Maryse. It turns out that Goldust's object of desire wasn't either of them – it was DiBiase's Million Dollar Belt. I don't know why Goldust would want a meaningless belt, but I am glad that he's in a program. He has gotten himself into really good shape and done an excellent job in an enhancement role. …

It was good to see Natalya put over strong, as she scored a quick victory over former WWE Divas champion Alicia Fox. …

Did I hear guest star Johnny Knoxville call someone a "tool?" That would be like Husky Harris calling someone fat. I was surprised to see WWE promoting Knoxville's "Jackass 3D" movie in the first place. It's not exactly a family film. …

When the giant hand appeared during the backstage segment with Knoxville, my first thought was, "Wow, Mark Henry and Mae Young's kid has really gotten big."

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