Last Friday, WWE released eight superstars from their roster in their annual Black Friday cleaning, and more departures are expected to come in the not so distant future as well.
Wade Barrett was one of the names on the list that were released last week, alongside Damien Sandow, Cameron, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Zeb Colter, Santino Marella, and Alex Riley. Sandow's and Barrett's releases left fans feeling the most disappointed as they were very talented performers.
However, the former King of the Ring wasn't surprising - unlike Sandow's - because we all knew that he would be leaving the company once his contract expired, which was not that far away at all. Both sides in Barrett's case ended on good terms.
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Nevertheless, the former Intercontinental Champion reposted a fan picture on his Instagram account about his departure from the WWE, and it's bound to give you the feels. Scroll down further in the article to see the post.
The picture shows a sad Barrett walking towards an exit after dumping some of his wrestling gear from over the years in a nearby trash can. The items being thrown away include his crown, scepter, and robe from his King Barrett gimmick, as well as a Bad News Barrett t-shirt.
Fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, with many sending their support to the former WWE superstar. One fan said: "You are going to be a damn fine talent elsewhere Wade. The fact that WWE never gave you what you deserved is a shame. You can go to ROH or NJPW and be heavyweight champion no problem. #thankyouwade"
The Bare Knuckle Brawler did achieve a lot during his time in the WWE. He was a five-time Intercontinental Champion, the winner of the King of the Ring tournament in 2015, and was the leader of a group called Nexus. He also was a tag team champion during his time in the company's developmental divisions.
Nexus was one of the high points of his WWE career, as here he established himself as a star in the business with the potential to grow into one of the top heels in the entire company. During his time as part of the group in 2010, he battled against John Cena and Randy Orton for the WWE Championship and could have made history by becoming the first Brit to win the title.
By the end of 2010, he was out of Nexus, and out of the WWE title picture as well. He never really got anywhere close to the major championships in the company after then, and he fell to mid card status. Nevertheless, he was still popular amongst WWE fans, especially with his catchy Bad News Barrett gimmick.
Barrett is a very talented performer, and as the fan comment says above, he should have no problem finding another promotion to work for if he wishes to do so. It definitely feels like the WWE didn't use the British superstar to his full potential.