Wade Barrett has flourished in his role on the commentary table in recent years, but it still came as a surprise when he returned to call the action in NXT.
Barrett has commentated for numerous companies since leaving WWE in 2016 – including the likes of WCPW, WOS on ITV and the NWA, with WWE offering the former leader of The Nexus a contract to commentate on NXT in late September.
Talking to Gorilla Position , Barrett said:
“It really did come out of the blue. I had been working in various commentary roles for various companies outside of WWE since I left. I haven’t really had much communication with WWE at all. We didn’t end on bad terms, but I think I needed to get away from them and they were happy to let me have some time for myself. it was best for both of our sakes to be away from each other.
“The beginning of this year, I got a call from talent relations and they were talking to me about the ten-year anniversary of Nexus and maybe doing something for that. It didn’t really appeal to me at the time, the pitch and idea they had, so I declined. A few months later, I was out of work, and I got a call from Tom Phillips and Michael Cole, talking to me about the possibility of working with them. I’ve always had a good relationship with those two. I liked the sound of it, I love doing commentary. Triple H and William Regal are in my chain of command and I’ve always gotten along great with them and have a lot of respect for them. When it was pitched to me, it was an easy decision to agree to that.” (H/T Fightful)
Barrett has also admitted that he enjoys the lighter schedule offered by his commentary role, only having to work once a week. Stating that it’s much easier than when he was wrestling full-time.