DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: WWE Superstar Wade Barrett is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
In a recent interview with the Ottawa Sun, Wade Barrett, who just recently made his return to WWE on Smackdown after a long layoff due to injury, talked about how things will be now that he's back with the company. It's typical heel bravado, punctuated by his claiming he never wants to work as a babyface, but his quote is quite amusing.
"I'm going to be doing things to entertain myself. It's a new style. There's a lot more brawling, a lot more strikes. I've always been a fairly physical guy. You just have to look at my nose to see what kind of lifestyle I led ... sports and fisticuffs. I'm a contact kind of guy. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I'm pretty laid back and relaxed, but I can get very intense quickly. I think it's inevitable if you've been off the road and injured that you build up anger - things that I have to get out of my system."
First, he says he has a new style, then he goes on to describe said style and said style is simply the main event style WWE has been using since Stone Cold Steve Austin rose to prominence and had to change how he worked due to a broken neck.
What's far more interesting than Barrett claiming he's bringing a fresh coat of paint to his workrate is the fact that WWE seemingly abandoned his push. He was given a series of vignettes to hype his return, which were very well done, I might add, but then he came back on a taped episode of Smackdown to little fanfare. Then he never appeared on Raw the next week and (SPOILERS) he wasn't at Smackdown either.
Perhaps they're holding him out until after Night of Champions goes down this Sunday night (Sept. 16), but this feels a little too much like Creative thought they had something for him, but it bombed upon reentry and now they have nothing for him.
Who knows? A better question might be -- who cares?