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Bryan Danielson’s departure led to WWE canceling the documentary on Nexus

Fred Rosser was interviewed on to talk about is wrestling career, including his run in WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Rosser revealed why the planned documentary on the Nexus was shelved.

“The fans, I get it all the time that they wish WWE would have done more with Nexus,” Rosser said. “My answer to every one of the fans is, ‘I’m happy that I was actually a part of the Nexus.’ I was on the original season of NXT and to have the opportunity to make history with my Nexus brothers who we are still in contact with through a text thread means the world to me. Those are memories that I’ll never forget, but I have to keep it moving.”

Rosser recalled getting a call from WWE earlier this year because there were plans to do a documentary Nexus and Rosser wanted to wear his New Japan Pro Wrestling jacket.

Rosser said, “I remember back in May of this year, WWE reached out to me about doing the Nexus documentary, and I said, ‘Sure, absolutely, no problem. Ten years later you want to talk about it, let’s do it.’ I remember showing up and I planned this out. I showed up with my New Japan track jacket on, and as soon as we started rolling, the interviewer was like, ‘Do you mind taking off your New Japan jacket?’  I said, ‘Look. I’ve worked hard for this jacket. New Japan Strong is my home now, and you guys recently inducted Jushin Liger into the Hall of Fame. A couple weeks ago, I talked to John Laurinaitis about a possible collaboration he was telling me about between New Japan and WWE, so in this interview, in this uncut, uncensored Nexus documentary, let me just be me because I’m proud of the moves and the strides that I’m making in professional wrestling opening doors for so many. I’m very prideful, and 10 or 11 years later, you’re going to talk about the Nexus. Well, I’m not washed up anymore.  I’m not one of those, and I’m not hating on anyone, but I’m not a veteran. I’m not an old timer talking about the old days. I’m active. It meant the world to me to say, ‘No, I’m not taking off this jacket. This means the world to me.’ I remember the interviewer saying after I gave him the 411 in a nice way, he said, ‘You know what? You’re right. Keep it on.’”

Rosser says the documentary was shelved and he feels that it’s because Bryan Danielson, who was in the Nexus group for a very short time before he was fired and brought back by the company a few months later.

Rosser said, “Eventually, they just shelved it, and the reason why I feel they shelved it was because when I asked at the time who else who they had interviewed for this, they had told me Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan, who Wade Barrett had said Daniel Bryan is not considered in the actual Nexus. That’s our leader, Wade Barrett, Stu Bennett saying that Daniel Bryan was not actually in Nexus, but yea, WWE had interviewed those two and I guess with Daniel Bryan moving on, they just shelved the documentary. I’m like, ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you shelving it? Why are you letting the fans down? The fans want to hear the stories and all of that stuff.”

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