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Superstar Ink: Wade Barrett and Big Show

Superstar Ink or Superstar Stink? The Big Show and Bad News Barrett show their shoulders.

Feature 12 May 2017, 10:59 IST
I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news if you’re just catching up with WWE

Boy, do I miss Wade Barrett. He was the epitome of “One Day” pushes. Meaning, one day he would win something spectacular like the King of the Ring or the Intercontinental Championship, which would immediately be followed by a string of losses until he got injured. It was confusing, to say the least, but there was something about Barrett that I loved in spite of his backwards booking.

Most notably his Bad News Barrett gimmick, which finally got him well over with the fans. Figuratively and literally, towards the end, he was giving scathing promos from atop a hydraulic podium; it was pretty spectacular. 

Corey Graves tells us that Wade Barrett’s favourite band is Manic Street Preachers, which I don’t know enough about to make fun of, so we’re off to a good start. 

Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Tattoos

If you can’t say something nice about a tattoo, blame the band

Barrett has “Culture, Alienation, Boredom & Despair” bannered through a large rosebush tattooed on his right shoulder. He explains that it’s lyrics from a Manic Street Preachers song called “Little Baby Nothing”. I listened to the song. Wade seems like a nice guy.

Corey then bonds with him over lyrics as tattoos, because Corey got “Pretty Girls Make Graves” on his arm which is a Smiths song, and it’s also the name of a band that’s actually not that bad. Corey didn’t know either of these things before he got the tattoo. He hosts a tattoo show now. I’m in the wrong business.

Big Show us your tats!

Such a handsome fellow

The next chapter is The Big Show and his giant lion tattoo, also on his right shoulder. At first look, it’s a pretty plain looking piece of an animal that’s not that uncommon to see as a tattoo. Honestly, if I were as big and tall as Show, I’d get a tattoo on my arm of height markings like you’d see on a door frame, but with the heights of my coworkers, just to remind them where they stand. 

But I guess a lion is fine, at least it’s not a tiger. How boring would you have to be, am I right? Hold on, I’m getting word from our sponsors... it IS, in fact, a tiger. And now Big Show is probably looking for me. Alright, forget this, I’m outta here…

(Editor’s note: At this point, Graham is texting the rest of his review from an undisclosed location)

(Editor’s note: After repeatedly assuring Graham that Big Show was in fact, NOT in the office, he returned, briefly)

In conclusion, my advice to anyone who does not absolutely have to leave the house to do their job...

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