wade barrett

For several years, Wade Barrett was a mainstay on WWE programming, but in 2016 he decided to part ways with the company.

During a recent appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Barrett opened up about his departure, and he noted that he has no hate for WWE, but he was miserable during his last few years with the company.

The former Intercontinental Champion also noted that he was offered a new 3 year deal before his departure, but he decided not to sign it because it would prevent him from pursuing other opportunities.

“While I was working for the WWE in 2013 and 2014, TV deals had come to me, movie deals had come to me, sponsorship deals had come to me and they were all turned down by WWE because they would involve me being taken away from their shows. Their steam train is running all over the world and I would have to step out of that steam train and go film for four weeks, or go shoot a film for two weeks or even two days to go film a series of commercials or something like that. But they couldn’t afford to take me away from that time so I knew that if I wanted to go and do something else, the only way for me to do that is to first step away from WWE and figure out how I make contacts and how do I start speaking to people in the film world and finding agents and that sort of thing. So one had to come first, and that was to come first to get the curtain off of WWE.”

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