Former WWE Intercontinental Champion has spoken.
That former WWE star is Wade Barrett. Barrett won the first season of NXT in 2010 and made his Raw debut on 7 June of that year, rising to prominence as the leader of The Nexus.
He headlined five WWE pay-per-view events during the remainder of 2010 and challenging for the WWE Championship in three of those.
Barrett formed the Corre with former Nexus members Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel in January 2011 and won his first Intercontinental Championship, which is a title that he has won overall five times.
In 2013, he became Bad News Barrett until becoming the 20th King of the Ring winner in 2015 and changing his ring name to King Barrett.
He moved on to use the ‘King Barrett’ gimmick following his win of the King of the Ring tournament. He left WWE in May 2016 and has since taken a hiatus from wrestling in order to focus on his acting career.
Barrett was recently interviewed by the SPORTBible to talk about a wide variety of topics about his WWE career and his life after leaving the company a few years ago.
During the interview, he was asked about if WWE purposely sabotages certain performers and gave more praise to former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville. Here is what he had to say:
“They [WWE] misuse a lot of guys, there’s a lot of guys you could do more with but at the end of the day they pick the guys they want to go with and go with them.
I don’t think they purposely sabotage, I think there are limited spots to be at the top of the card or the highlighted guys – there are probably seven or eight guys where it’s like, ‘Ok these are our main guys going forward for the next six to twelve months’ and they need to be the guys getting the biggest reactions, being involved in the biggest storylines and stuff like that.
So if there’s a guy who is getting bigger reactions than them, then I think there is an attempt to, I’m sure, make that reaction transfer on to the guys they are going with – the guys they want to push.
There are just a limited number of spots, that’s the issue. You can’t have everyone in those spots.”
“I think a lot of people look at Neville think, ‘Oh he’s that high-flying guy who does all the flips’, but literally everything he does, from even the most basic stuff, locking up, tying up, the way he moves around the ring; the way he reacts to anything I do to him and sells my stuff is always incredible so he’s one of the best in-ring guys ever.”
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