Tossing Salt Presents:
One On One:
The Horsemen versus The Nexus
May 31, 2021
Who would win in a multi-man match between the Horsemen and The Nexus? I found this question among many others in my e-mail inbox recently and I was going to include it in an edition of The Ultimate Wrestling Q&A, but as I looked over the question, I only found more questions. Which Horsemen? Which members of The Nexus? Would it be the Nexus members as they were when they were first together or as the wrestlers/characters they evolved to be in the years that followed? And what kind of match, aside from a Battle Royal, would have twenty-six wrestlers involved? So how should I attempt to answer this? How about a series of matches with a member of the Horsemen taking on a member of the Nexus, names are drawn at random, going one on one and the team that wins the most matches in this series is the “better faction”. Does that sound like a plan or what? Let’s do this.
Representing the Horsemen: Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, Lex Luger, Sid Vicious, Paul Roma, Sting, Brian Pillman, Chris Benoit, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, and Dean Malenko. Managers/valets are Woman, James J. Dillon, Baby Doll, Miss Elizabeth & Debra McMichael.
And representing the Nexus: CM Punk, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris, Skip Sheffield, Darren Young, David Otunga, Daniel Bryan, Michael Tarver, Wade Barrett, Mason Ryan, and John Cena.
And because I can, the Nexus stars will be participating in this event under their most recent personas and characters. It kind of balances the odds a bit and makes the matches less one-sided than a bunch of rookies fighting a bunch of veterans.
We’ll do three tag team matches, teams picked at random, and the rest will be singles matches. And here we go.
Sting & Brian Pillman versus Michael Tarver & John Cena
This could be the most interesting dynamic of characters as the two biggest singles stars, the men who do not lose, Sting and Cena, are stuck in a meaningless tag team match and I don’t believe that Sting & Pillman ever worked against each other or as a unit, at least not the “Loose Cannon” version of Pillman. This would definitely be one for the ages. As for who wins and who loses, look at that fourth name in the mix, Michael Tarver. If there was ever a person placed into a match to take the pin, he definitely is it. So Sting and Pillman win. Cena still looks like Super-Cena. And Tarver taps after getting placed in the Scorpion Deathlock by the Stinger.
Winners: The Horsemen (Sting & Brian Pillman).
Ole Anderson versus Ryback (Skip Sheffield)
This is muscle versus muscle as the original “Rock” just goes in and slugs it out with the big man known as Ryback. And while I believe Ole would go after the arm and give Ryback a wrestling lesson of a lifetime, Booking 101 says that Ryback would end up getting the win. Of course, Ole would attack him after the match is over and break his arm, but that doesn’t affect the official decision.
Winner: The Nexus (Ryback)
Paul Roma & Chris Benoit (w/ Woman) versus Wade Barrett & Curtis Axel (Michael McGillicutty)
This is an interesting match-up and would be fun to watch as it happens. Roma is the weak link for the Horsemen, but he was often able to rise to the occasion when needed. Axel was also under-rated as a performer and when pushed correctly, he could get things done. Barrett was just damn good and Benoit was Benoit. ‘Nuff said! I think Woman would make the difference here and with a distraction and possibly a rake to the eyes of Axel, Benoit would take advantage and lock in the Crippler Crossface to force Curtis to tap.
Winners: The Horsemen (Roma & Benoit w/ Woman)
Barry Windham & DeanMalenko w/ James J. Dillon versus Mason Ryan & David Otunga
You will not find two better in-ring performers anywhere and in any era than a motivated Barry Windham or Dean Malenko. And you will not find any wrestler stiffer and more inept than David Otunga in my opinion. Mason Ryan was impressive during his short run with the WWE, but he wouldn’t be enough to handle the load here. The Horsemen would definitely win.
Winners: The Horsemen (Windham & Malenko)
Arn Anderson & Steve “Mongo” McMichael w/ Debra McMichael & Woman versus Darren Young & Justin Gabriel
Mongo is a great personality, but he was not great in that ring. Arn is a legend and truly one of the best of all time. Young was good and has the potential to be a solid mid-card performer. And Gabriel, he was so underrated, it’s a shame. The man has all the tools to be a top guy as he currently proves under the name PJ Black at Ring of Honor. In this match, the women on the outside would make the difference and a shot by Mongo with the steel briefcase across the head of Young would make the final decision.
Winners: The Horsemen (Arn & Mongo)
Ric Flair w/ Elizabeth & Woman versus CM Punk
The Dirtiest Player In The Game versus The Best In The World. Talk about an instant classic. Ric would style, profile, and walk that aisle. The women would get involved and make their presence felt. And at the end of the night, it would be CM Punk nailing Ric with the GTS to get a pin and victory.
Winner: The Nexus (CM Punk)
Tully Blanchard w/ Baby Doll & James J. Dillon versus Bray Wyatt (Husky Harris)
This one would be an instant classic barnburner and probably get pretty weird as heck in the process. Tully is the better wrestler and would do anything to get a win and with the aid of the lovely Baby Doll and the diabolical James J. Dillon, would give the cult leader that is Wyatt a big-time run for the money. But this one, I have to go with “Don’t Call Me Husky” as his later incarnation is pretty much unbeatable in a straight-up one-on-one match, even against a veteran like Blanchard.
Winner: The Nexus (Bray Wyatt)
Sid Vicious w/ James J. Dillon versus Heath Slater
Do you remember in the build to RAW 1000 when Heath Slater was challenging all the legends to come out each week and he would get his ass whipped? Well, this is wash, rinse, repeat. I love me some Heath Slater, but the softball-loving psycho would take the win here.
Winner: The Horsemen (Sid Vicious)
Lex Luger w/ James J. Dillon versus Daniel Bryan
Here we have another interesting match with a huge class of styles as Luger, who is limited as a wrestler, but one of the strongest men alive versus Bryan, a master of technique and a user of speed and science. Lex has the size and strength advantage while Bryan has speed and science on his side, plus a never-say-die attitude. It’s hard to picture either man taking a clean fall in this match, but someone has to win and someone has to lose and I think Daniel Bryan should win here. So look for miscommunication between Lex and Dillon and Bryan takes advantage with a surprise roll-up to get a quick win.
Winner: The Nexus (Daniel Bryan)
So The Horsemen win five of the matches and The Nexus managed to score four wins. It was much closer than I would expect, but that’s more a reflection of the talent that was in The Nexus and the stars that they would become than what they were in their Nexus days. But the final results just prove what we all already know and have known for years, The Horsemen are the most dominant and greatest wrestling faction of all time. Diamonds are forever and so are the Four Horsemen. So there you go.
My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome. Do you agree with my results or not? Let me know. Until the next time, take care of yourself and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.