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WWE News: Wade Barrett reveals real reason behind leaving WWE; "99% sure" about wrestling again

Johny Payne
5.28K   //    12 Oct 2017, 18:52 IST

Wade Barrett was apparently unhappy in the WWE
Wade Barrett was apparently unhappy in the WWE

What’s the story?

In a recent interview with SPORTbible, former WWE Superstar Wade Barrett revealed what caused him to leave the WWE, was a combination of factors including problems with his creative booking and the way he was treated backstage.

Additionally, the former bare-knuckle boxer also spoke about feeling the itch to wrestle again, besides expounding on the downfall of ‘Bad News Barrett’.

In case you didn’t know…

Wade Barrett, whose real name is Stu Bennett, competed in the WWE for almost a decade and featured as a mid-card performer for the promotion.

His gimmick as Bad News Barrett garnered him considerable steam but was eventually scrapped by WWE management owing to his ‘heel’ character getting cheered rather than booed by the fans.

The heart of the matter

Speaking of which, Barrett elucidated that Vince McMahon wasn’t happy with his Bad News gimmick getting cheered despite being promoted by WWE as a heel, owing to which he was repackaged as King Barrett. After that, he gradually lost momentum and ended up leaving the company.

Besides, on the topic of potentially wrestling again, Barrett stated—

“I'm 99 percent certain I will wrestle again at some point, I just couldn't tell you when. I have those days where I'm like 'No, everything hurts, I don't ever wanna get back in a wrestling ring again' - but I have days where I feel great and can't wait to get back in.”
“I know at some point I'll be wanting to get back in, so if the right opportunity comes along we'll get it done."

Furthermore, Barrett opened up as to why he left WWE, citing the examples of several other top Superstars leaving the company, owing to unhappiness with their booking and issues with management—namely Alberto Del Rio, Ryback and Cody Rhodes—explaining that most guys in WWE aren’t happy with their position and don’t really ascend to the top despite hard work and great performances.


What’s next?

Wade Barrett moonlights as Stu Bennett on the indie circuit in a non-wrestling capacity and recently served as General Manager for this British organization.

Author’s take

Wade Barrett has never been one to hold back or mince his words.Although he calls it like it is, I still feel he can break through as a bona fide star in the indies should he decide to start wrestling again. Do you like his chances on the indies? Sound off in the comments!     

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