Wade Barrett is glad that his time at WWE events is spent behind the commentary table rather than in the ring.
Barrett debuted in WWE in 2010 by winning season 1 of the original NXT and after leaving in 2016, returned as a commentator in 2020.
Speaking on the “After the Bell” podcast, Barrett explained why he prefers being a commentator to being a WWE Superstar. He said,
“I love it. I’ve said it time and time again. I’m enjoying my time as a commentator more than I ever enjoyed my time in the ring, You’re really fortunate to get one career in this industry. I’m aware my in-ring run lasted a long time, had a lot of fun, scratched a lot of the itches I had, and achieved the majority of the things I wanted to achieve. But I would say this, you’re super, super lucky if you get a second bite of the cherry and get a chance to have another run, another career in this industry and be around this crazy wild circus that we have, you’re incredibly lucky.”
“At this time, I just have so much fun being completely in control of me. I’m not waiting for somebody in management to say, ‘Okay, wait, tonight you get to take on this guy.’ I’m not waiting for those opportunities that guys are constantly scrambling for. I know what my role is. I know every week I’m going to be sat next to Michael Cole.”
“I’m going to be calling the action. Occasionally I get to sit next to Kevin Patrick too which was a real treat. I like knowing what my role is. I also like the fact that I have no one to blame but myself. If I have a good night, you know what? I prepped really well. I thought about my angles and I nailed it tonight. If I have a bad night, once again, it’s my fault.”
“I’m not blaming someone in management. I’m not saying, ‘Why do they keep making me compete against that guy? Why do they keep, you know, not giving me the prime opportunity?’ So it’s all on me now and I feel like sink or swim and with my personality type, I handle that a lot better than relying on other people to give me opportunities.”
Barrett has commentated for WWE NXT and SmackDown in the past and currently calls the action on Monday Night RAW.
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Wade Barrett: From the Ring to the Commentary Table
Wade Barrett, also known as Stu Bennett, has transitioned from being a WWE Superstar to a commentator, and he couldn’t be happier with his new role. After winning season 1 of the original NXT in 2010, Barrett left WWE in 2016 and made his return as a commentator in 2020.
In a recent interview on the “After the Bell” podcast, Barrett expressed his love for his current position as a commentator. He stated, “I’m enjoying my time as a commentator more than I ever enjoyed my time in the ring.” Barrett considers himself fortunate to have a second career in the wrestling industry and be part of the “crazy wild circus” that is WWE.
One of the reasons why Barrett prefers being a commentator is the sense of control he has over his own career. He no longer has to wait for management to decide his next opponent or opportunity. As a commentator, he knows his role and what to expect each week. Whether he’s sitting next to Michael Cole or Kevin Patrick, Barrett takes pride in knowing that his success or failure is solely dependent on his own performance.
Barrett has commentated for various WWE shows in the past, including NXT and SmackDown. Currently, he can be seen calling the action on Monday Night RAW. His transition from in-ring performer to commentator has allowed him to showcase his personality and handle the pressure of success or failure on his own terms.
As a commentator, Barrett brings a unique perspective to the matches and storylines. His experience as a former WWE Superstar gives him valuable insights into the action happening inside the ring. Fans appreciate his commentary style and enjoy hearing his analysis of the matches.
While some wrestlers may struggle with the transition from in-ring performer to commentator, Barrett has embraced this new chapter in his career. He finds joy in being able to contribute to the wrestling industry in a different way and appreciates the opportunities he has been given.
For fans who miss seeing Barrett in the ring, they can still relive some of his most dominant wins through WWE’s playlist. The video showcases some of his memorable moments and reminds fans of his impact as a WWE Superstar.
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In conclusion, Wade Barrett’s transition from being a WWE Superstar to a commentator has been a positive experience for him. He enjoys the control and responsibility that comes with being a commentator and appreciates the second chance he has been given in the wrestling industry. Barrett’s unique perspective and insights make him a valuable asset to WWE’s commentary team, and fans continue to enjoy his contributions to the shows.