Wade Barrett is a former King of the Ring winner and was once considered the United Kingdom’s best chance of having a WWE Champion before he opted to walk away from WWE back in 2016. Barrett has since been seen as the General Manager of What Culture Pro Wrestling in the UK and a Commentator on ITV’s weekly World of Sport wrestling show but hasn’t yet expressed an interest in making a return to WWE.
Barrett recently spoke to Sam Roberts on NotSam Wrestling Podcast where he was able to discuss the reasons for his abrupt exit from WWE.
“I was miserable for a long time for the last few years I was in WWE,” Barrett said via WrestlingInc. “I have no beef or hate for them, but it was just how I was feeling at the time. Once upon a time if you go back to the early 2000s all the way to 2014 all I cared about in life was being a wrestler, going on the road, performing in front of crowds, getting big, climbing the ladder. But then at some point around 2015, it took a giant U-turn and thought to myself, ‘wait a minute? What am I doing here? This isn’t the direction that I want.”
Barrett was part of a number of projects outside of WWE throughout his tenure, but the former Intercontinental Champion recently revealed that the fact that WWE turned down a number of projects for him was one of the catalysts for his retirement.
“While I was working for the WWE in 2013 and 2014, TV deals had come to me, movie deals had come to me, sponsorship deals had come to me and they were all turned down by WWE because they would involve me being taken away from their shows.”
“Their steam train is running all over the world and I would have to step out of that steam train and go film for four weeks, or go shoot a film for two weeks or even two days to go film a series of commercials or something like that.”
“But they couldn’t afford to take me away from that time so I knew that if I wanted to go and do something else, the only way for me to do that is to first step away from WWE and figure out how I make contacts and how do I start speaking to people in the film world and finding agents and that sort of thing. So one had to come first, and that was to come first to get the curtain off of WWE.”