• Former Intercontinental Champion Teases In-Ring Return
During a recent appearance on WWE’s After The Bell podcast, former Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett talked about returning to WWE, working as a commentator on NXT & more.
Below are the highlights:
On always wanting to do commentary:
“It was always a career goal of mine from way back to be an announcer. I always thought I’d do it one day after I retired. I was lucky enough in 2008 under the tutelage of Dusty Rhodes, who was one of my mentors for Florida Championship Wrestling, I did the commentary for the FCW TV show, the developmental version of WWE back then.
I always knew I wanted to be an announcer one day, fortunately this opportunity came up for me at the right time, got a call from Michael Cole, invited me along and it’s been a lot of fun ever since.”
On his return to WWE:
“It is very hard to ever really leave WWE. If you have a significant enough career here, you always think you’re going to come back. I left with a pretty bad taste in my mouth at the time, I needed some time away but time is a great healer.
Things move around, things change in life and indeed in WWE. The spot that was offered to me to come back was kind of the perfect role for me in WWE and I’ve enjoyed everything about it ever since.”
On if he’ll return to in-ring competition:
“Hey, I’m all about the big paydays Mr. Joseph. It will not take much to remove me from the seat next to you and get back in the ring. I will say, very much enjoying my job with NXT but I have always made sure there’s at least a little bit left in the tank.”
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• Old School WrestleMania Celebrity Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WrestleMania Celebrity “Mr. Baseball” Pete Rose celebrates his 80th birthday today.
Famous Major League Baseball Legend Pete Rose appeared as a celebrity during 3 consecutive WrestleManias: WrestleMania XIV, WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania 2000.
The running gag about his appearances every year at WrestleMania was that he eventually ended up being attacked by “The Big Red Machine” Kane.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETE ROSE!