Wade Barrett praises the UK's WWE fans

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WWE is currently continuing its European tour having carried out its weekly recordings at the O2 arena in London this past Monday and Tuesday.

One of the few English WWE superstars, Wade Barrett, has been given a prominent push during this month's tour and took time out from his busy schedule to talk to The FA about why he is one of many WWE wrestlers who loves performing in front of the UK crowd.

Sell-out shows

As has become a regular occurrence in recent years, several of the UK's shows have sold-out and the first tour for this year on these shores has been no exception.

Interestingly, Barrett feels this popularity WWE has with its British fans means the chances of selling out Wembley Stadium should the company ever put on a show there, would be very high:

“I know we would pack it out, the British fans would be hanging of the rafters, and I think I’d be the real favourite for that one so it would be a great show.

“It’s out of my hands whether that would ever happen, but if they could make it work that would be fantastic and a truly amazing event.”

Given Wembley Stadium has a huge capacity of 90,000, the thought of WWE putting on a show on a scale as big as that for its UK fans is an incredible idea, even if it is more out of hope than reality.

Favourite fans 

The 34-year-old echoed the thoughts of several WWE superstars who appeared on Monday Night Raw in London this week by reiterating how much of an impact the UK fans have on them:

“They are so special and different, and I know I speak on behalf of the entire locker room when I say that this is our favourite place to wrestle because the fans are so crazy.

"Anywhere we go around the world, wrestling fans are very passionate, but especially in the UK I feel there’s definitely some crossover from our football fan culture. With their singing and the chanting, a lot of the time over here the crowd is actually the star of the show."

Barrett made a clear reference to the passion which the UK fans have for football, and the life-long Preston fan is certainly no stranger to this.

Following his side's loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup back in February, Barrett took to Twitter to call out Wayne Rooney, who won a penalty during the match.

Although he went on to explain the exchange between him and the football sensation was a joke, he did not shy away from the challenge of facing Rooney in a wrestling ring:

“I’m a huge Wayne Rooney fan, I always have been, and there’s no real beef there between us – but if he did ever want to step in the ring then believe me I’m waiting for him.”

Barrett undoubtedly seems up for the task of facing Wayne Rooney, but for now he is focused on the challenge of becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion as he explained he aims to be the first English person ever to do so. 

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