Last week WWE revealed the release of several wrestlers from the company, some predictable and some not.
Although the majority of the names which were revealed were wrestlers who many WWE fans had forgotten were even on the company's books, their dismissal was still somewhat brutal.
WWE announced the names in quick succession and there are rumoured to be yet more still to be released in the near future.
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Whilst his departure from the company had been known for some time, the non-renewal of Wade Barrett's WWE contract is one decision which WWE will certainly regret.
Even though in the latter years of his WWE career the Englishman has received little to no focus, the company could have made history with the 35-year-old.
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Vince McMahon and his creative team presented Barrett as the epitome of a mid-carder, when he was doubtlessly worth the accolade of becoming the first English WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
There were plenty of opportunities for the creative team at WWE to hand Barrett this worthwhile achievement over the years, but instead they allowed him only to get so close before being the victim again of yet more poor booking.
What is perhaps even more frustrating is the knowledge of how well WWE superstars from overseas are perceived by members of the WWE Universe around the world, with Paige and Neville also being key examples.
Instead of capitalising on this opportunity with Barrett, the company successfully managed to push his character into the background amongst the main roster talent, which surely contributed to his recent departure.
During his six-year strong main roster career, Barrett rose to prominence as the original leader of the heel group The Nexus.
Whilst this group had great potential with its main intention being to achieve WWE contracts for the several NXT wrestlers who made it up, the short duration of its existence ultimately proves its real success.
The Nexus could have been the making of Wade Barrett and although it is what many will remember him for and associate him with, the faction did not do much in the way of producing a successful long-term WWE career.
Ultimately, the announcement of Wade Barrett's departure was undoubtedly one of the saddest amongst the names revealed as it confirmed just how WWE can waste a wrestler's talent and potential.
If Barrett had become the first English WWE World Heavyweight Champion there is a good chance that his name would not have been on the list last week and that he would have made much more of a difference to the business.
Do you feel WWE made a mistake with their booking of Wade Barrett? Have your say in the comments box below!
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