Wade Barrett Discusses His Departure From WWE, Returning to the Ring


Former WWE superstar Wade Barrett was recently interviewed by SPORTbible where we discussed a number of topics. Among them were his appointment as General Manager of WCPW, his departure from WWE, returning to the ring and more.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

SPORTbible: First of all, how are you enjoying your stint in WCPW/Defiant Wrestling as the new General Manager?

Stu Bennett: It’s a lot of fun! I kind of took a break from the wrestling industry for a little while and did some other stuff – did some acting, some TV hosting, but WCPW had me involved when I did a tour not so long ago and I did some stuff for them. I was actually really impressed with the company and so when the chance came to come back in, in this kind of role, I had to take it.

SPORTbible: You left WWE just after Wrestlemania 32. What were reasons why you asked to be released?

Stu Bennett: I didn’t really ask to be released. My contract was coming to an end, I’d been there just over nine years at that point – I was not happy with the way my creative had gone and not happy with some stuff behind the scenes, and the way I’d been treated by certain people there, so in my opinion it was time to move on and do something else, at least for a while. I’d been offered a new contract by them, I didn’t want to sign; I told them, I was upfront with them. I don’t think they were thrilled about it but there’s not a lot you can do – I felt that I was wasting my time there.

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SPORTbible: Is there an intention to get back in the ring or are you enjoying the schedule at the moment?

Stu Bennett: I have my good days and bad days. There’s days where I think I don’t miss it all and then there’s days like yesterday [at Refuse to Lose on October 2] where you see the kind of reactions the guys were getting and get that desire to get back in the ring. I’m 99 per cent 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.

They also talk about the “Bad News” Barrett gimmick, some word association and more.

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