September 10, 2012
Wade Barrett brings more brawling in return to ring
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
When WWE returns to Ottawa for its Smackdown TV taping Tuesday night, Wade Barrett plans to continue his quest of kicking ass and taking names.
Oh, yeah, we know, wrestling isn't real ... it's a contrived fight club with some pretty talented and athletic guys and girls talking smack before they smack each other around.
It's good vs. bad, a soap opera with muscles.
When WWE's travelling roadshow rolls into Scotiabank Place for Tuesday night's show, which will air Friday night on The Score, Barrett plans to continue a path of mayhem he established a week ago when he returned from a six-month layoff, thanks to a partially dislocated elbow, to squash Yoshi Tatsu.
WWE fans can look for a more aggressive version of Barrett, a reign of terror he says while last for awhile.
"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," said Barrett. "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."
If Barrett has his way, the company's "faces" won't be adding him to their Christmas card list anytime soon.
"Most people have never seen me in a good-guy role," said Barrett. "I did that on the indy circuit and absolutely hated it. I'm definitely never going to be John Cena, the life and soul of the party. The only cheering they'll be doing is the cheer they give when I leave WWE."
During his time away from the ring, Barrett appeared in a WWE Studio movie Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrrell.
"(Being away from WWE) takes you out of the goldfish bowl and you're able to look at the aspects of your own work," said Barrett. "You can critique yourself.
"There's a saying that it's never a good time to get injured. We were four weeks from WrestleMania. It was very disappointing. It's a huge relief to get back on TV. I've been doing live events for the last four weeks. But it was great to get back under the cameras and bright lights."
Barrett is looking forward to being under those lights in Ottawa.
"I want to be the first English WWE world champion."
And don't bet against him ... he may just punch you in the mouth.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.