Earlier this week, Wade Barrett revealed that he has signed a one-year contract with WWE‘s NXT brand. This means he will now be a fixture of NXT broadcasts alongside Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix. There is also an option to extend the deal towards the end of the period.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Barrett gave his thoughts on his new broadcast colleagues and their goals as a team, “Our aim is to be different, a little more unique than the other WWE programming. We don’t want to be a carbon copy of what you hear on Raw or SmackDown. I’ve known Beth for years, and she is incredibly talented, and I am just getting to know Vic. I’m excited to learn from and work with both of them, and I’m really excited to develop this into a really tight unit.”
WWE EVP and Senior Producer of NXT, Triple H, tweeted about the announcement saying he was “Thrilled” to be working with Wade Barrett, adding that he will bring “a valuable perspective to the commentary table”.
Thrilled to be “officially” working together. Wade will add a valuable perspective to the commentary table and add insight from his years of in-ring experience each week on #WWENXT. #WeAreNXT@StuBennetthttps://t.co/J9ekxxftlM
— Triple H (@TripleH) September 16, 2020
Since leaving WWE in May 2016, Barrett has been no stranger to the commentary desk, having called the action in various promotions over the last few years. These included What Culture Pro Wrestling, ITV’s World of Sport, and more recently the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).
While his return to WWE has inevitably led to speculation of an in-ring return, Barrett says that he’s concentrating on commentary, but he also wouldn’t rule it out, “I want to focus on commentary because I’m passionate about it. That’s not to say I won’t pull the boots back on at some point, but commentary is my focus and I am extremely excited about it.”