Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Wade Barrett – Being Burned Out & Leaving WWE, Purpose of the League of Nations, Transitioning Into Acting, More!
Jericho welcomes former WWE Superstar, Wade Barrett to the show.
Jericho asks Barrett about his decision to leave WWE a couple of years ago. Jericho mentions that he burned out in 2005 and had to step away from the wrestling business for 2 and a half years, and Barrett says that he had read Jericho’s books and felt exactly the same way. He was so tired and beat up and everything started to annoy him. He was never on the same page as the creative team and even when he pleaded with creative or management to change things it was like he was beating his head against a brick wall.
He points out that working for WWE is not the kind of job where you can take a vacation or a break. Even when you’re home you only get to sleep in your own bed for one night and you’re so busy trying to catch up on chores and sleep that it still feels like work. The WWE lifestyle is non-stop and it took him a good 6 months to re-normalize and live a normal life after he left the company.
Barrett felt like he was always one of the next guys in line in terms of receiving a main event push in WWE for a while, but his potential place was filled by guys like The Miz, Del Rio and Sheamus. He adds that the main event guys like Cena and Lesnar are always at the top, but he felt like he was often close to joining that next group. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t get there.