During his WWE run, Wade Barrett had always been a fan-favorite. Many in the wrestling fandom had wished for Barrett to become a WWE Champion but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.
However, even after his WWE run, Barrett, now going by his real name – Stu Bennett, has continued being popular amongst fans.
Currently, Bennett is signed to NWA as a commentator and is happy in that role, although he still hasn’t said no to a potential in-ring return.
Recently WWE had made an offer to Barrett and the rest of the Nexus to return at WrestleMania. However, Barrett rejected the said offer.
In an interview with ComicBookMovie, Barrett revealed that he was “angry” at a couple of people during his run with the company. He said that by the time his run ended, he was upset with WWE Management as well.
However, Barrett also made it clear that time has healed those wounds and his anger has now cooled down.
When I left there, I was of the opinion that I was done with working there. I was pretty angry with a couple of people from when I was working there and when I left, a couple of people in management. I think time is a great healer, shall we say, and I certainly don’t have much anger left in me in regards to that now
Barrett said that he has no “ingrained loyalty” to the company and that he would consider an offer from them or any other promotion as a normal business decision.
Similarly, I don’t feel like I have an automatic affiliation with the company itself or the people who work there. It’s not like I have any ingrained loyalty where I have to jump the second they call me, for example. If there were to be an offer, I would approach it as a normal business decision if it was an offer from AEW or Ring or Honor or New Japan, or anything like that. It’s simply a business decision: is it worth it, do I like the offer, do I like the pitch, do I believe what I’m being pitched is actually going to happen? That’s another big one. I would approach anything that came my way, the same I would from any other company to be honest with you.
Maybe at some point down the line, we might end up seeing the in-ring return of Wade Barrett/Stu Bennett. Where it’ll happen? Only Barrett knows. But when it does, the wrestling internet shall be overjoyed.