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Wade Barrett Reveals What Vince McMahon & Fit Finlay Told Him Moments Before Nexus’ Debut

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 10, 1990) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1990, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was broadcasted from the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1990’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– The Big Bossman vs. Black Bart

– The Rockers vs. Tim Jergen & Tom Bennett

– Akeem vs. Scott Colton

– Earthquake/Jimmy Hart Interview

– Dusty Rhodes vs. Al Burke

– The Orient Express vs. Koko B. Ware & Jim Evans

• Wade Barrett Reveals What Vince McMahon & Fit Finlay Told Him Moments Before Nexus’ Debut

While speaking to Sports Illustrated, former WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett revealed what Vince McMahon & Fit Finlay told Nexus backstage before their debut.

Below are the highlights:

On what Vince McMahon told them backstage about the Nexus’ debut:

“Vince speaks to us, he says, ‘OK, this is a huge opportunity for you guys, this is going to be big, we want you to go attack John Cena at the end of the show and smash everything up, here’s what I want you to do, I want you to wear these armbands with the little N on there,’ didn’t give us a reason why we were wearing the N, didn’t give us the name Nexus or anything like that, said, ‘Put these on, Wade you go down, everyone else join him, smash up everything, I want you to rip the ring apart, I want you to trash the table, I want you to punch the security guards, punch the referees, punch Jerry Lawler, beat up Justin Roberts.”

On the two rules he gave them: 

“He said, ‘Look, we’re gonna replace everything next week so do as much damage as you can. There are two rules, one, don’t punch any member of the audience,’ I don’t feel like he needed to tell us that but he did, ‘Number two, don’t touch the cameras.’ Now the cameras in WWE, they’re high definition cameras, so they’re all worth over $100,000 and we can’t touch them because Vince isn’t wasting that kind of money.”

On what Fit Finlay told him right before he went out for the segment:

“Just before I leave, Fit Finlay pulls me to one side and he’s a top agent in WWE, he says, ‘OK, whatever happens down there, the one thing I want you to guarantee that you’re going to do is to pull back the blue ring canvas, rip it off, cut, here’s a Stanley knife or whatever, cut it open, pull it back, and expose the wooden boards that are underneath it.”

On the response backstage after the segment:

“We walk back and the entire locker room stood there clapping like we just performed a miracle. I’m like, OK, this is strange, these people normally don’t even want to shake our hands, what’s going on here. Then I realized how big an impact this had. Vince is thrilled. Triple H is thrilled. The writers are thrilled. Then we saw a replay of what we had done and they showed a close up of the crowds’ faces and they genuinely looked terrified like something they had never seen before.”

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