Stuart Alexander "Stu" Bennett is an English professional wrestler as well as a still bare-knuckle boxer. He is currently signed to WWE where he performs under the ring name Wade Barrett. Bennett decided to become a professional wrestler at the age of 21. He made his professional wrestling debut in June 2004, using the ring name "Stu Sanders". In June 2005 he beat Jeffin Beckwith for the Dropkixx IWC Heavyweight Championship. Bennett participated in a tryout with WWE in November 2006 after appearing as part of a security team on the November 13 episode of Raw. He won the first season of NXT in 2010 and made his Raw debut in June of that year, rising to prominence as the leader of the Nexus, a villainous stable composed of the NXT contestants. Barrett headlined five WWE pay-per-view events during the remainder of the year, including SummerSlam, competing for the WWE Championship in three of those. He moved to SmackDown in January 2011 and formed a new stable known as The Corre, involving former Nexus members. He won his first singles championship, the WWE Intercontinental Championship, in March 2011 at the 2011 Elimination Chamber. Prior to being a pro-wrestler, he was a bare knuckle boxer, having competed in Liverpool and going on to fight in various locations throughout Europe.