Bad news Barrett recently spoke with ThisIsFamous.com, where he proudly proclaimed that he is having so much fun as Bad News Barrett. Barrett discussed a variety of topics including the Nexus angle, his various characters and being Intercontinental champion.
Barrett shared his disappointment with the handling of the incredibly hot Nexus angle during the summer of 2010
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t in a way disappointed. I think we could have gotten a lot more mileage out of it than we did, and I think the interest from the fans and the heat in the angle was thrown away at certain points. However there is a flip side of looking at it, and that’s that you took seven or eight guys that were relative unknowns at that point and got them involved in the main event at SummerSlam and for the most part all the guys are still kind of around here or there and have had some very successful careers and have continued to grow and develop within WWE. So there’s really two ways of looking at it. The angle itself should have been a lot bigger than it ended up being, but the flip side is that you look at a lot of people who debut in WWE and they don’t get a huge start that helps move ontoa bigger and better career further down the line. So in some ways I feel lucky to have been involved in it.”
During the Nexus invasion Barrett revealed that they had plenty of leeway in terms of creativity. As it has been heavily documented before, Daniel Bryan went beyond what was acceptable, by choking Justin Roberts and being fired in “TieGate!
“We were given a ton of leeway. We were basically told to go down and cause as much destruction as we could. Obviously we weren’t allowed to get physical with fans, but one thing that was off limits was the camera guys. They wouldn’t let us near the cameras. Because A, they’re very expensive and B, because if we touch the cameras, suddenly no one at home can see what we’re actually doing. Aside from that, we were pretty much given as much leeway as we wanted. We took it as far as we could, I think, and we had a lot of fun there.”
Since the Nexus angle finished Barrett has been through several phases in his character to varying success, his Barrett barrage character had a decent amount of momentum at the beginning of 2012, having a major feud with Randy Orton before getting injured. Since returning to WWE at the end of 2013 Bad News Barrett has developed into quite a popular character recently. Barrett spoke about the changes in his character over the years.
“I think there’s two things. I think number one, the way I’ve been involved in storylines and the way I’ve been incorporated into the show has really been a method of highlighting me, certainly my strengths. I think you can look at previous incarnations of what I’ve done and I think some of the positions I was used in on the show maybe weren’t the best vehicle in which to highlight me as a performer. I think that the Barrage stuff I was doing had a lot of potential, especially when we had those really cool vignettes that were airing a couple of years ago when I came back from injury. But unfortunately I wasn’t involved in any serious storylines or any angle on TV that the fans could get their teeth sunk into and very quickly I was used in an enhancement role for the better part of a year and a half. I think in my situation where I wasn’t getting any mic time or getting anything storyline wise that the fans could care about, it was always going to be difficult for me to kind of get any momentum. So definitely since I’ve come back this most recent time with the Bad News Barrett stuff, I think the creative guys have done a great job of highlighting me and allowing me to be a performer and take the spotlight a little. The other thing is, I think me as a performer, I’ve really been enjoying this Bad News Barrett stuff. I get [got] stuck over in the UK with some visa problems at the end of last year and had to be off TV for a little while, and I kind of made the decision when I was out there that when I came back I was going to go out there and start enjoying things a little more. I think I got to a point in my career where I was focusing a little too much on the wrong things. Trying to impress people. Management and people on the creative team and trying to do things that I thought they’d want to see in order to get myself higher up on the card as opposed to going out there and really just entertaining myself and having a good time with it, which is what I started doing with Bad News Barrett. I think fans can really see when a performer is enjoying himself and I really have been since I’ve been Bad News Barrett. I’ve been having the most fun of my entire career. I’ve been wrestling 11 years and I can say that the past… six to eight months when I’ve been on TV and being Bad News Barrett is the most fun I’ve ever had and the most relaxed I’ve been out there. That’s definitely an aspect that’s helped make the character and the storylines work.”
Barrett spoke about holding the Intercontinental championship and how his recent run with the belt has had more importance
“I can only speak for myself, personally. I’ve held that title, the Intercontinental Championship, and this is the fourth time I’ve had it, and it does feel, of the four times I’ve had it, this does feel like the time that the creative team and the management at WWE are actually getting behind me now. The strength of a championship, far from being about the performer who is holding it, is just as much about the kind of storyline and the blocking and the kind of segments he’s involved in on TV. You can put a title around somebody, but if they’re used as an afterthought on the TV show, then it really doesn’t matter who’s the champion. This time it feels like there’s a lot more going into it. Obviously we had the big tournament of who’s going to be the challenger, which I won. It feels like I’ve definitely got a lot more momentum this time so that definitely helps. I also think that something that helps elevate the two secondary titles, the Intercontinental and US, I think because we have the unified WWE title and the World Heavyweight title, that’s now just one title, I think it leaves a lot more room for people to wanting to be fighting for these secondary tier championships.”
Wade Barrett made his WWE debut on NXT Season 1, the NXT brand has changed considerably since then, Barrett spoke about how the shift in NXT will benefit WWE.
“I think NXT is a lot closer to what we do on TV than when I came to NXT. If you specifically want to talk about the NXT I went through, it was more of a reality based game show tournament which was done more for entertainment purposes rather than getting people ready to be on the current stage at WWE, but I think if you look at NXT now, it’s more of a micro-version of WWE right all the way through to the ramp that they’d walk down to the arena, the huge ‘trons they have, the massive screens, the pyrotechnics, the build of their characters, the vignettes, all that. I really think they have a small version of WWE. And I think it is literally as close as I think they can possibly get to the big show that we do on global TV. I think it really prepares them well. If you look at the people that have come up the last couple of years from NXT, from the guys in the Shield to guys like the Wyatts, they’re really very polished when they come up. There’s no lag time in terms of getting them up to speed in terms of how to work with camera men and microphones and stuff like that. It’s all in their head before their debut. So there really is a smooth transition for the most part from NXT to WWE which I think was the whole plan behind the NXT facility and the Performance Center that they invested a lot of money in and I think it’s really paying dividends now.”
The interview covers other various topics including how his came up with his bullhammer finisher, his match with RVD at Payback and more. You can view the interview here.
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