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Wade Barrett left WWE in 2016 as he was burned out being on the road and he was frustrated with creative. Additionally, Barrett divulged that he had issues with people in WWE management.
The former Intercontinental Champion is now a General Manager on WOS Wrestling. He recently spoke to The Blend where he discussed his last WWE run. Barrett thinks his last run with WWE was sad and leaving the company did wonders for him.
Below is what Barrett said:
“So my last run in WWE I was portrayed as The King Of The Ring. I won a tournament called the King Of The Ring tournament and I became The King of wrestling which I was hoping at the time when it initially happened that it was gonna springboard me into bigger and better things in WWE.
I felt that the direction the character took was a little hokey. I was kind of asked to wear a plastic crown and a ridiculous outfit and stuff like that — which if you go back to the ’80’s worked great, there were some great King Of The Rings back then like Haku and Harley Race and all these legends of wrestling and that worked for them.
I felt that in 2016 that I was doing that character that I thought it was a little hokey and I wasn’t being allowed to have the kind of creative latitude with the character to do what I wanted to do and do the things that I felt an audience would enjoy as The King of wrestling.
So that was one of the reasons why I kind of soured on my job and my contract came up to an end around April 2016 and I decided not to extend it at that point and move onto new ventures.
So yeah, it was kind of a sad run for me because it was the end of what had been a lot of fun, but I knew for me it was time to move on.”