WWE had predicted a huge return of a stable for Wrestlemania 36, to stage an angle that would make history, with the athletes who set fire to an episode of Monday Night Raw of 10 years ago, with the Nexus which would thus return to being the protagonist for at least one evening in WWE.
Apparently, due to the pandemic in progress and due to other problems related to the characters that should have intervened in the segment, WWE had to discard this idea, with the fans who were, however, a little bitter after hearing the rumors of the return of the Nexus, stable much loved especially by the youngest fans of the federation.
After the first words about the angle cancelled by Wrestlemania by the ex WWE Darren Young, the former Intercontinental WWE champion, as well as King of the Ring, Wade Barrett, also spoke about this in his last interview.
"I was called in January or February by the Talent Relations team in WWE about something they wanted to do during WrestleMania to coincide with the 10th anniversary of NEXUS. I actually turned it down as I didn't like the offer or the plan," admitted Wade Barrett to Wrestling Inc.
Barrett on his possible WWE return
"I saw Darren just after that and he said he was gonna go and do something with them. But I wasn't going to be involved in whatever it was." We'll never know what the WWE's plans were for the NEXUS prior to the COVID pandemic but Barrett said that it was not going to be an angle.
"In all honestly, if it had been something more significant, I would have paid it more attention. But it was something, to me, that I wasn't interested in doing. There was no benefit at all, for me, in doing it and I wasn't excited about it, so I turned the offer down," stated Barrett.
"I've tuned in very briefly. To be honest with you, I've struggled with the lack of fans there. I think they're an integral part of pro wrestling. Even sports like soccer – they're bringing it back without the fans – and I think that's gonna hurt soccer somewhat.
But you still have a goal of winning and losing in soccer which is paramount. In wrestling, the story is really the reaction of the fans and if that's not there, then it's really difficult," stated Wade Barrett.
"Knowing what we know about how pro wrestling works, I think it's very difficult to get too involved without having that emotional pull of the fans. So, I'm not a fan of them not being there. I'm not criticizing companies who do that as I understand the financial obligations so they keep their money coming in. But in terms of a product, I would watch, I'm checked out."