Wade Barrett made an appearance on Out of Character with Ryan Satin to discuss a wide range of topics.
During it, he spoke about potentially wrestling again. He hasn’t competed inside of the squared circle since he left WWE as a wrestler in 2016, but he is currently on the WWE SmackDown announce team.
“I’ve never ruled out getting back in the ring one day. I won’t say it’s high on my list of priorities. I don’t think I could physically do the full time grind anymore, more mentally than physically. I think my body could hold up. I’m still in very good shape. I keep myself fit. But I think that the grind of doing that job full time for who knows how long would be very difficult for me at this point because I’ve just got other avenues now and other things I enjoy doing, most obviously, the commentary side of things, which I wouldn’t want to give up.”
Barrett also shared when he found out he was leaving WWE NXT for SmackDown. He is currently calling the blue brand with Michael Cole as part of the announce team. He’ll go back to NXT when Pat McAfee returns to commentary once college football season is over.
“I probably found out maybe three or four days before I took the first trip over. It was very much a last minute decision. Pat McAfee’s off for two or three months during his college football stop. Initially, they had Corey Graves stepping in and filling the seat, but I think Cory probably had a lot on his plate. He does a hell of a lot for WWE with all the Pay-per-views and RAW and he’s got his podcast. So I think maybe somebody needed to pick up a little slack on behalf of Cory, so that’s when they gave me the call and asked me to step in there.”