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Stu Bennett: “My passion for playing the role of a WWE Superstar went away”

Stu Bennett, better known as Wade Barrett in WWE, recently spoke with about his career and more. During the interview, Bennett explained how he lost his passion for playing the role of a WWE Superstar. He noted that he had a lifelong passion and obsession with pro wrestling since he was a kid and that passion never left him. He always was inspired to be involved and be part of good TV and do projects that would inspire him professionally. In 2015 and 2016, he was asked to play a character and perform storylines on WWE TV that he found uninspiring. He said that he made repeated attempts to change his career but those efforts were turned down and that’s when his passion for playing the role of a WWE Superstar went away.

Bennett had a run with a gimmick called Bad News Barrett, which he would give out bad news to various Superstars. He said that playing that character was a fun time for him as he was getting reactions from the fans for speaking rather than actually wrestling. He noted that he was just speaking his mind. ”You can even go back to the Nexus era when I was cutting promos every single night. People were really hanging on my every word, and I was really dictating a lot of the shows that we were doing. I’ve always had that confidence in my performance ability and my ability to speak in character.”

He noted that one of the most exciting parts of the Nexus and Bad News eras were that he had a lot of influence with his character and how he portrayed himself on WWE TV. When he was King Barrett, WWE took away his influence and told him to what to wear and say. He noted that he tried to tweak the storyline because he didn’t think it was working but WWE denied him. “The lack of control over my career reduced my passion more than anything.” He said that for the first time in his life he was questioning why he was getting out of bed and going to work while playing that character because he didn’t enjoy it.

Thus the reason that he made the decision not to re-sign with the company continue for three more years when he knew nothing was going to change. “My choice was: to take the paycheck and accept that I was probably going to get the same kind of creative that I’d had for the last couple of years, or alternatively to walk away and look for something else. So I decided to do the latter.” He said that he has always been smart with his money and saved a lot during his time with WWE, so he is not in a situation where he is living paycheck-to-paycheck.

You can read the entire interview here.

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