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WWE Raw: John Cena/Nexus story line takes an interesting turn

So now what is John Cena going to do?

He used semantics to outsmart Wade Barrett at the Bragging Rights pay-per-view on Sunday, but Barrett chose his words more carefully on Raw Monday when announcing the stipulations for his WWE title match against champion Randy Orton at the Survivor Series pay-per-view on Nov. 21.

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Barrett named Cena the special referee for the match and said that if he wins the title, Cena will be free to leave The Nexus. However, if Barrett doesn't win the title, Cena will be fired on the spot.

That presents quite the dilemma for our hero. For years we've seen Cena overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in the ring, but this time he isn't facing a physical challenge, he's facing a moral one. Will he compromise his principles to continue doing what he loves?

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What makes the scenario even more compelling is the fact that Orton – Cena's longtime enemy who has since become a fan favorite – is the guy Cena is going to have to screw over in order to win his freedom.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

The main event between Cena and Orton – which was to determine whether Barrett or Orton got to name the referee for the WWE title match at Survivor Series – was entertaining, even if the finish was somewhat predictable (Barrett clotheslined Cena, which got Orton disqualified). Cena versus Orton certainly isn't a fresh matchup, but it's still a big deal when these two guys face each other, especially when you don't have to pay $44.99 to see it. ...

One night after they stole the show at Bragging Rights, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler had another outstanding match together. I was surprised Ziggler didn't win this one since Bryan went over on Sunday. The finish was interesting, as Vickie Guerrero placed Ziggler's foot under the ropes while he was trapped in the LeBell Lock, but the referee didn't see his foot there and Ziggler tapped out. Sometimes two wrongs do make a right. ...

CM Punk was quite entertaining doing commentary during the Bryan-Ziggler match. He was very complimentary of Bryan and stood and applauded after Bryan got the victory, so it looks like these two are headed for a program. That's one I'm definitely looking forward to. ...

Punk had the line of the night. When talking about the people who trained Bryan, he said: "All Shawn Michaels did was take $3,000 from him. William Regal did the real work." ...

The WWE tag team title reign of Cena and David Otunga didn't last long, as they lost the belts to Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Barrett made the match (how he got the authority to do so was never explained) and then ordered Otunga to lie down in the ring and allow himself to be pinned. I hate when wrestling companies make a mockery of their titles like that, but it did make sense in the context of the story line. Barrett wanted to flaunt his power and send a message to Otunga, who has been defying him as of late. ...

Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris are now official members of The Nexus, even though they lost to Cena and Orton last week in a match they needed to win to gain inclusion in the group. That seems like lazy writing to me. ...

Barrett and Otunga both did a nice job during their intense verbal exchange in the dressing room. ...

There was no explanation as to why The Nexus helped Kane beat The Undertaker at Bragging Rights, but apparently we are going to find out in the future. Otunga threatened to spill the beans during his confrontation with Barrett. ...

Eve Torres was decent on the mic during her verbal battle with The Miz and Alex Riley. Although with how good she looked in that dress, she had me before she ever said a word. I did think the segment went on a bit too long, however. ...

Riley's booming voice reminds me somewhat of Mr. Anderson's. ...

The Miz and R-Truth had a good match. Miz got the win but it was a very competitive match. ...

I'll admit it: I popped for Santino Marella pinning Sheamus. Marella's win was presented as a total fluke, but I'm still shocked that Triple H allowed Sheamus to lose to Marella before he came back to exact his revenge on the guy who put him on the shelf for months. Marella's upset victory was really just a plot device to kick off a program between Sheamus and John Morrison, whose interference led to Marella's victory. ...

Melina must really be in the doghouse. In the tag team match pitting Melina and Gail Kim against LayCool, Melina was pinned after one kick to the face by Michelle McCool. The match lasted about a minute, and Kim never even tagged in. ...

For some reason, guest star Toby Keith mostly kept his eyes closed while he was cutting a promo in the ring. The longer the country singer talked, the more my eyes started to close, as well. By the way, having Keith act as if he had no idea who Sheamus was doesn't do Sheamus or WWE any favors. ...

It was announced that Pee Wee Herman will appear on next week's show. In the immortal words of The Miz, "Really? Really?"

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