Wade Barrett is open for business.
Those were the words of the former Nexus leader on the September 7th edition of Friday Night SmackDown. And judging by the fire in his eyes, I would say that he was dead serious.
Actually, it’s WWE creative who is dead serious. They are the ones writing all of this stuff, you know.
I like Wade. The truth is, I always have.
From the first moment he entered the house that Vince McMahon built, I was immediately struck by the 6’7” Englishman. His ability in the ring, his look and his tone of voice, all wrapped up in any icy, cold demeanor. He was, with all apologies to Lex Luger, the total package.
Some guys just have it. All you have to do is look at them, and you can see it. Wade Barrett? Had it by the truckload.
So, when he was a featured “rookie” on NXT, he got a fair chance to shine, to show what he could do. He had the opportunity to flesh out his character and begin working his way into the fans’ consciousness.
And he did not disappoint, as many fans saw the same qualities I saw in him. He was quickly becoming a very recognizable face on WWE programming.
But it was only a taste of things to come.
There are certain moments in WWE history that you simply cannot forget. Goldberg’s debut on Raw as he speared the Rock in the middle of the ring. The night that Eric Bischoff was introduced as Raw’s new general manager. Last year, when CM Punk dropped his infamous pipe bomb on live TV.
And the Monday Night Raw when Wade Barrett led the NXT wrestlers in an all-out assault on John Cena.
The group destroyed everything, and everyone, in sight. Emotionless, merciless and striking with an assassin’s precision, the eight men dismantled the flagship program of WWE and left fans in total shock.
It was the quiet of the aftermath that had the most impact. An eerie hush had fallen over the crowd, as no one knew quite what to think of what they were seeing.
And the members of what would come to be known as the Nexus totally owned the moment. Their methodical dominance made it all work.
As I watched it, it became obvious that Barrett was directing the devastation. I had the distinct impression, as most other fans likely did, that not only was this a major moment for these young men, but that it would be hugely important for Wade.
For the next several weeks, Nexus delivered more of the same. The attacks continued, and no one, not even Vince himself, was safe from the carnage. Nexus, with Wade Barrett at the helm, had arrived. And they were taking over.
As time went on, however, and their heat with John Cena intensified, it became painfully clear that perhaps the only reason for their alliance, apart from testing the potential worth of the members, was to get John over.
This should have come as no surprise to fans, as John is the focal point of the company, and with a threat as big as Nexus, it was obvious that it would be Cena who would lead the charge against them.
As Nexus members began to fall out and the group eventually disbanded, Wade ended up on SmackDown. Leading the Corre, the initial assumption by many fans was that WWE was trying to recreate what they had with Nexus.
However, it was not meant to be, as that group fizzled out as well. Now, it was time for these men to stand on their own. And their leader was the one who was seemingly being groomed for the main-event spotlight.
But he had some serious help along the way.
Feuding with the Viper Randy Orton did more for Wade’s career as a singles wrestler than anything else ever had up to that point. His days with Nexus seemed ancient history, as Barrett was headed for bigger and better things.
When Wade suffered an injury, however, his road to the top abruptly ended. It’s an accepted fact in the business that sometimes, no matter how good you are, or how careful you try to be, you could get hurt. It’s the nature of the beast.
But now that he’s back, it appears as though he has not lost a beat. His match against Yoshi Tatsu on SmackDown was simply not enough for him. He felt it was a waste of his time. Wade wants to be in the World Title picture. And I for one believe that he will be.
It may not happen right away, but the fact is that Wade Barrett just has “it.” And when a Superstar has that intangible, then the sky is the limit. Now, it’s all in the hands of WWE creative, who are tasked with booking Wade in the right way, to bring him up at the right time, so fans will be ready for the moment that he reaches the top.
And I believe that he will. For me, it’s just a matter of time.
Let the barrage begin.