With Wade Barrett being back under contract with WWE to work as a commentator for NXT, it brings speculation of him possibly returning to the ring.
His contract is only for him to be an announcer, but fans still have a desire to see him back in the ring. Barrett has previously stated that he would be tempted to wrestle again if he could work with WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.
While doing an interview with BT Sport, Barrett gave some additional insight into the preparation that comes along with an in-ring return.
“We’re pro wrestlers, it’s never done, that’s the truth. There’s definitely some left in the tank. I didn’t want to be someone who retired because I had to retire or retire because I wasn’t able to do it anymore and I was embarrassing myself or anything like that. Similarly, I was burned out when I left. So, there’s definitely a lot left in the tank.”
Barrett pointed out how he’s only 40 years old, which he doesn’t think is old in pro wrestling, and brought up members of The Hurt Business as an example of that.
“There are guys who are kind of the mainstays of that show right now who are doing some of the best work of that career, who are actually older than me. I feel like if I want to, or if the time is right, or if the opportunity that excites me comes up, that I’m close to being ready to go, I’m certainly not in in-ring shape at the moment. I’m in good shape, but to be in-ring shape, I probably need three months of knocking out that ring rust before I step back in the ring. Currently, I will say my focus is purely on the announcing booth and doing that on NXT.”
"We're pro-wrestlers, we're never done, there's definitely some left in the tank."
"I feel like if I want to, or the opportunity that excites me comes up I'll be ready."@StuBennett won't rule out a return to the ring, but his focus is on commentary in NXT… for now 👀 pic.twitter.com/iwjECVXB1P
— WWE on BT Sport (@btsportwwe) October 15, 2020