WWE fans became used to Wade Barrett delivering some bad news – but this is excellent however you look at it.
The British wrestling superstar – who spent a decade with the company before leaving in 2016 – has officially inked a new deal to be part of the weekly NXT commentary team alongside Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix, following the departure of Mauro Ranallo.
He told Sports Illustrated: ‘I am as passionate, as motivated, and as excited to be in the NXT broadcast booth as I ever was to be in the ring. I can’t wait for the next few months and the next few years.
‘I am thrilled to share the stories of the stars of NXT, and I am very grateful for the chance to entertain people every week. I am so excited for this new role.’
The Preston-born star is no stranger to the commentary side of the business, having worked behind the desk for Florida Championship Wrestling back in 2008, and his recent NWA stint under Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.
He added: ‘Working with the NWA was a fantastic experience for me, and I planned to sign a long-term deal with them. Plans changed with the pandemic, but I have nothing but great things to say about Billy Corgan.
‘And a lot of people don’t realise that I also have quite a bit of commentary experience, including in the UK [for World of Sport].
‘Over a decade ago, I was a commentator for about six months with Dusty Rhodes and Byron Saxton in FCW. I enjoyed it so much, and even when I was wrestling and in main events, I knew I’d always want to return to it.’
And Barrett has refused to rule out an in-ring return one day, but despite feeling ‘100%’ after resting up and recovering from a neck injury, he’s fully focused on his new role.
He teased: ‘My body feels incredibly good. I’m not doing commentary because I had a career-ending injury. I want to focus on commentary because I’m passionate about it.
‘That’s not to say I won’t pull the boots back on at some point, but commentary is my focus and I am extremely excited about it.’
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