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Wade Barrett has come a long way in a short time
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Wade Barrett is victorious on Raw's 900th episode. Photo by Bruno Silveira, www.topropephotography.net

For a guy who was not so long ago wrestling as Stu Sanders, Stu Bennett (his real name) and Lawrence Knight, for a guy who was tall and skinny as a kid, worshipping The British Bulldog, Wade Barrett has come a long way.

The 30-year-old Brit who for awhile was a bareknuckle brawler to make a few bucks has quickly become a headliner on Monday Night RAW, as the leader of The Nexus, the "disgruntled" group of wrestlers from Season 1 of NXT.

"It is pretty surreal," says Barrett. "I got a bit nervous in the main event at SummerSlam, especially when I saw we were facing a team with many former world champions. But now I'm at the point where I almost expect to be at that level (he will be in the main event at the Sept. 19 Night of Champions pay-per-view ... a Six Pack challenge with Sheamus' championship belt on the line.

"I went from fighting nobodies to suddenly taking on superstars."

Barrett got his break at a WWE tryout in Britain when he was hired along with Sheamus and Drew McIntyre.

"I was the tallest kid in my class," says Barrett. "I decided to become a wrestler when I was 21. But I was all skin and bones. I had to improve my physique."

So why did The Nexus invade RAW? Why all the underhanded attacks on WWE superstars? Barrett switches into wrestlespeak to answer the question.

"We decided we weren't happy with the way we treated on NXT," he says. "We were made to do some ridiculous tasks. What we did by forming The Nexus was our reaction to the way we had been treated. And ultimately, it worked out very well for us."

Does he expect The Nexus to ever be cheered by fans?

"At one time, everybody hated D-Generation X and booed them. But then, later, the fans loved DX. I've never gone out and courted favours. I've never gone out to be booed, either. It's just me being myself. I can see people in The Nexus getting cheered. It's difficult not to like Justin Gabriel when you see him in the ring. He's one of those guys like an Evan Bourne or a Rey Mysterio, a high flyer. Maybe fans will like half of the guys and hate the other half. But at the moment, the fans don't like us too much."

Barrett says it was a thrill and honour to work with Chris Jericho as his NXT pro.

"Look at the top stars, wrestlers like Randy Orton, John Cena and Chris Jericho. They've got the (microphone) skills, the appearance, the ring skills, even the facial expressions.

"One thing (Jericho) talked to me about was that you can't be strong in just one area. It was absolutely a huge deal to work with him. On the last ECW show, when they announced what the pro and rookie pairings would be, I had not idea who I'd be paired with. So I sat at home, like everybody else, watching ECW. I've always been a huge fan. When I looked at the list (of pros), I definitely got the ace in the pack."


And then there were five -- The Nexus stand tall. © 2010 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
And about the bareknuckle brawling?

"Dusty Rhodes found out about my background and he wanted to push (the bareknuckle brawling) to the forefront," says Barrett. "It's a tough sport. I'm sure you've seen the state of my nose ... it's bent in about three directions."

After being on a WWE swing through Canada in the spring, Barrett and The Nexus will return this weekend, performing at shows in Ontario -- Hamilton (Saturday) and Peterborough (Sunday).

"I really did like Canada," says Barrett. "I was impressed by the fact that the Queen's picture was on the money. I give a big thumbs up to Canada."

Around the ring

After some lame RAW guest hosts in recent months, WWE has landed an NFL star -- Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals -- for Mondayís show. I canít wait. The former Chad Johnson happens to be one of my favourite NFL players ... Look for Ric Flair vs. Mick Foley in a Last Man Standing match on the Oct. 7 Impact.

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  • Wade Barrett bio

    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.