King Barrett to be kept off WWE for a while

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With so many impressive superstars on its roster, it is understandable that WWE do not always book every wrestler in the most beneficial way.

For one WWE superstar in particular, this has been the case for too long now, despite him winning the King Of The Ring tournament earlier this year.

Unfortunate booking

King Barrett has suffered a huge loss of direction from the WWE creative team and seems to have been a forgotten-about wrestler despite his huge potential.


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This past week he suffered a tag team defeat alongside Stardust to Neville and Stephen Amell at the SummerSlam pay-per-view event, before having Stardust turn on him the following evening on Monday Night Raw. 

Barrett was involved in a somewhat confusing segment on Raw this week which, as with many results and angles involving the Preston-born wrestler, did not make much sense.

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The reason for this confusion may well have now been made clear as, asWhat Culturereports, he is set to be filming a new WWE Studios film next month.

The movie 'Eliminators' will take the wrestler away from his WWE duties for at least a couple of months, given how long it usually takes to carry out a recording.  

Unfortunately it is unlikely that Barrett's absence will make a huge difference to WWE programming as the company has booked him so badly recently.

He has certainly not been given the push he deserves and, despite often being a hit with the crowd, has been unable to prove his worth having been given so little in-ring time. 

This poor booking also meant that his winning of the King Of The Ring tournament lacked any real meaning, with the question as to whether any other winner would have been given the same fate also being raised. 

Bad direction 

In addition, Barrett has suffered several problems regarding his name in recent time, re-emphasising the lack of direction WWE has for him.

At first he was Bad News Barrett which worked well, which was then changed to Wade Barrett, with his first name soon being dropped as well as being replaced with King.

Ultimately, a break may well be best for the 35-year-old as well as for the company as it will give them time to realise the potential he has as well as finding a way to fit him into their story lines in a more successful way. 

The “King Barrett” gimmick didn’t really work for him in part because he was booked so poorly. Why would WWE put the King of the Ring crown on him in late April only to book like a loser for the next few months? It seemed pretty pointless.

In the past few months, there was apparently a directive to not call him “Wade” Barrett any more although it happened once in a while. The Bad News Barrett name was pretty good for the short term, but they stopped letting him do the “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news” promos and that hurt him as well.

A break could be good for his career because it will give him a restart when he’s back in a few months.

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