• Former Champion Teasing In-Ring Comeback To Take The WWE Title From Drew McIntyre
While speaking on the Gorilla Position podcast, former Intercontinental Champion & current WWE NXT commentator, Wade Barrett, discussed him leaving WWE in 2016 and possibly starting to wrestle again.
Below are the highlights:
On his decision to leave WWE in 2016:
“I haven’t had much communication with WWE since I left. We didn’t leave on bad terms but similarly, I think I needed to get away from them. I think they were quite happy to have some time to myself, shall I say. I think it was best for both of our sakes to be away from each other for a while.
But, at the beginning of this year, I got a call from the talent relations department. They were talking to me about the 10 year anniversary of Nexus and maybe doing something at WrestleMania for that. It didn’t really appeal to me at the time with the pitch and the idea they had. So I declined that.
Then a few months later, I was out of work. I wasn’t doing anything with NWA where I had been broadcasting. I got a call from Tom Phillips and Michael Cole telling me about the possibility of working with them again. I always had a good relationship with those two. I liked the sound of it. I love doing commentary.
Triple H and William Regal are also people in my chain of command and they are two people I always got along great with and I have a lot of respect for. It was a very easy decision to agree with for talks to proceed.”
On a possible in-ring return:
“I never retired from the ring. My focus at the moment is 100% purely in broadcasting and working in the NXT and telling stories verbally. I will tell you there is some gas left in the tank. That’s not to say 100% I will be back in the ring. Maybe I never will. But if the right opportunity presents itself at the right time, then I could see something happening.”
Later in an interview with Digital Spy, Barrett was asked what would it take for him to start wrestling full-time again.
Below is what he said:
“In truth if I was to come back as a full-time in-ring guy, I really would be chasing the sunset of my career. I don’t think there’s that many more years left in me.
So the question is, what would I want to achieve? The only thing I didn’t achieve in WWE that I always wanted to achieve was to become the WWE Champion, and that title is now held by an old friend of mine, Drew McIntyre.
So taking him on for that title is something that certainly might tempt me back for a match or two.
And it would be very nice if we could have the match and bring a pay-per-view over to the UK, me against Drew at Wembley Stadium.”
After this, Barrett & McIntyre really started teasing a match.
Barrett said the following in an interview with BT Sport:
“It isn’t a question of Drew McIntyre calling me out. Whenever I’m ready I can just step in the ring and take whatever I want from him. He knows that, he’s aware of it. One day perhaps the world might see it.”
McIntyre then replied the following:
“Stay behind your desk grandpa, your stand-in has a better chance than you do.”
Stay behind your desk grandpa, your stand-in has a better chance than you do https://t.co/lt6JSscFK0
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) October 12, 2020
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (October 12, 1991) – WCW Power Hour
On this day in 1991, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Power Hour’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Halloween Havoc 1991’ PPV.
The card can be found below:
P.N. News vs. Mike Fever
Big Josh vs. Zan Panzer
Johnny B. Badd vs. Keith Hart
Diamond Studd vs. T.C. Carter
Halloween Havok Control Center
Tracey Smothers vs. Bob Cook
Ron Simmons Video
Bill Kazmaier & Brian Pillman vs. Cactus Jack & Abdullah the Butcher