BREAKING: WWE Confirms Major Signing on NXT

Published 09/16/2020, 10:40 PM EDT


On the August 20th episode of NXT, former Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett, returned to the WWE. He replaced departing Mauro Ranallo at the commentary table. At that time, the deal was a short-term one.

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A few hours ago, WWE announced on their social media that Wade Barrett had signed as a full-time commentator for NXT.

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In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Barrett revealed that he had signed for a period of one year with an option to extend.

“I hope this lasts for a long time, that’s our intent,” said Stu Bennett, who was best known in wrestling as “Bad News” Barrett. “So there is no bad news to share, but never forget, there is always a little bad news up my sleeve.”

Wade Barrett says WWE NXT is completely different from WWE’s other two brands

The wrestling world has always devalued NXT, compared to Raw and SmackDown. It was always seen as a developmental brand rather than a third brand.

WWE commentator Wade Barrett’s views are different. He doesn’t want NXT to compete with them but be different and put out a more unique product.

“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.”

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He also spoke about the NXT superstars’ careers he constantly followed while he was away from WWE. Barrett also spoke about NXT coming far ahead from just being a developmental brand.

“This isn’t a developmental brand. I’ve followed the careers of The Undisputed Era, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and Rhea Ripley for a long time. There are so many up-and-comers, and NXT is a destination where you can see people turn into stars. Bronson Reed is a powerhouse and reminds me of a young Mark Henry. Coming from England, I might be a bit biased, but I can’t wait to see Ridge Holland’s rise into a megastar. He has all the potential in the world.”

Catch Wade Barrett on the Black and Gold brand every week on the WWE Network and USA.

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