The season premiere is coming up this Friday and some changes usually occur. This fall the trend will possibly continue for SmackDown this week.

According to PW Insider, It’s highly rumored that Wade Barrett will be promoted to the SmackDown brand of WWE. He has spent his time in NXT on the colored commentary team for the past couple of years.

There is no official word yet on what his role may be. Although he may continue to do commentary on the blue brand since Barrett is retired as a pro wrestler.

Barrett won the first season of NXT in 2010 and made his main roster debut on Raw later that year. He rose to prominence as the leader of The Nexus, a villainous faction composed of the remaining NXT first-season rookies.


After they disbanded, Barrett would go on to become a five-time Intercontinental Champion. Barrett’s ring name was changed to Bad News Barrett and he adopted the character of a man who took immense pleasure in breaking bad news to other people. In 2015, he won the King of the Ring tournament, at which point his ring name was changed to King Barrett. 

We’ll see what happens with Barrett’s future starting tomorrow. Should be a fun time for him.

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Andre Porter

Andre is a passionate wrestling fan and journalist with years of experience covering the WWE. He has attended numerous wrestling events and has a deep understanding of the sport. In addition to his writing, Andre is also a graduate of The University of Arts with a BFA in multimedia and enjoys film, comics, and all Philadelphia sports. He is also an avid follower of John Cena on Twitter.

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