Former WWE Superstar Wade Barrett was recently interviewed by SportsBible to promote WCPW's final 'Loaded' taping on Tuesday 3 October at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester. During the interview, Barrett was asked if he would ever return to the ring given the fact he turned down a WWE deal following Wrestlemania 32 to take a lengthy hiatus from the business to focus on acting.
On His WWE Release:
"I didn't really ask to be released. My contract was coming to an end, I'd been there just over nine years at that point - I was not happy with the way my creative had gone and not happy with some stuff behind the scenes, and the way I'd been treated by certain people there, so in my opinion it was time to move on and do something else, at least for a while. I'd been offered a new contract by them, I didn't want to sign; I told them, I was upfront with them. I don't think they were thrilled about it but there's not a lot you can do - I felt that I was wasting my time there.
There's a lot of guys who are not happy with their lot there, I wasn't happy with my lot there for several years but always believed I was capable of getting to the next level through my work or through my performances, and my ability to get over. It got to the point where I didn't believe I was getting the opportunities to get to the level that I wanted to and I think once I'd seen the writing on the wall from that perspective, it was a very easy decision for me to leave and I'm guessing it was the same for guys like Ryback, guys like Del Rio, guys like Cody, who perhaps, like me, decided it was best to move on too."
On Returning To The Ring:
"I have my good days and bad days. There's days where I think I don't miss it all and then there's days like yesterday [at Refuse to Lose on October 2] where you see the kind of reactions the guys were getting and get that desire to get back in the ring. I'm 99 per cent certain I will wrestle again at some point, I just couldn't tell you when. I have those days where I'm like "no, everything hurts, I don't ever wanna get back in a wrestling ring again" - but I have days where I feel great and can't wait to get back in. I knew at some point I'll be wanting to get back in, so if the right opportunity comes along we'll get it done."
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