Wade Barrett Hasn’t Ruled Out In-Ring Return, Worries He Couldn’t Mentally Deal With “Full-Time Grind”

Wade Barrett sits at the NXT commentary desk.

Wade Barrett made his return to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a NXT commentator back in August 2020. In his first stint with WWE, he was previously with the company’s system from 2007-2018 in Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Actually being in the ring, Wade Barrett has gotten physical since 2016. His last match would see him competing for the WWE Tag Team Championship while paired with Sheamus, and they would square off against the-then title holders of The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E.)

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Currently, Wade Barrett works for the blue brand of WWE Smackdown as a commentator, making his debut earlier this month on October 6, 2022.

Making an appearance on the “Out of Character” podcast for an interview with Ryan Satin, Barrett was questioned about whether or not he had any interest in wrestling again.

“I’ve never ruled out getting back in the ring one day. I won’t say it’s high on my list of priorities, I don’t think I can physically do the full-time grind anymore, more mentally than physically. I’m still in very good shape and keep myself fit, but the mental grind of doing that job full-time for who knows how long would be very difficult for me at this point.

I just have other avenues and things I enjoy doing, most obviously the commentary side, which I wouldn’t want to give up. Walking down to that ring and hearing people yelling ‘Boom’ to me, it does start to make you think, ‘Maybe I have a little left in the tank.’ Then, that was my first night back, in the main event was GUNTHER against Sheamus and I’m seeing these two, for three segments, beat the hell out of each other.

I’m seeing the bruising and I’m like, ‘two hours ago, I felt like I wanted to get back, maybe. Now, I’m watching these two. Hell no.’ I know that if I come back, they aren’t putting me with the light guys. They’re putting me in there with Sheamus, GUNTHER, Drew (McIntyre) and I’m getting my ass whooped every week. The commentary desk is a lot safer, I’ll stay here for a bit.”

H/T Fightful