Kofi Kingston and Trent Barreta War of Words; Its Real...for Now

Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

You know what I like best about future endeavor season in WWE―the confessions.

I don't know if former WWE talent Trent Barreta asked for his release or was dismissed unexpectedly by WWE. However, despite the negative of someone losing employment, the plus is what they are now free to say.

Barreta tweeted on Wednesday night,

Now that I'm fired I can finally say it: Kofi Kingston is an asshole.

Kofi Kingston replied,

@trentylocks I never wanted to shake hands with you...

Barreta got the final word in with,

@TrueKofi yea. And we won't ever again.

There is no work here. There is no agenda to sell tickets or to get management to start this feud on television. The two don't work for the same company and I don't expect Kofi Kingston is setting up for a feud to have on the independent level.

This is legitimate dislike.

Barreta doesn't even tag Kingston's Twitter name on the original statement. He isn't trying to get his attention to begin an inside joke. The ammo that gets brought in is a genuine, behind the scenes wrestling tradition of shaking hands with everyone when first seeing them each night at the venue.

A sign of respect. Something it seems neither have much of for each other.

It's always interesting based on my personal opinions from who I've worked with or met, plus what others who have more experience inside pro-wrestling―the wrestlers who play the cookie-cutter good guys tend to be the ones who get brought up more in real-life conflict.

The Ultimate Warrior was the ultimate good guy but has been the center of a lot of controversy with his comments on YouTube videos or reports of his behavior behind the scenes. WWE made an entire DVD about his own “self-destruction.”

Hulk Hogan was perhaps the biggest good guy ever and he now lives on TMZ with controversy seemingly always in his life.

Bam Bam Bigelow was a great bad guy. Tattoos all over his bald head. A big, imposing look. He didn't appear friendly. One of the best memories I have growing up backstage in wrestling as my grandfather worked in the business is an interaction I had with Bigelow. One of the nicest people I've ever met and I know I'm not the only one who feels the same about him.

There are many more examples but you get the point I'm making. I've always found it interesting how people who tend to get portrayed one way are often playing characters who can be opposite.

So why don't they like each other?


Barreta and Kingston both have similar attributes. Both are smaller than the average WWE talent. Both are quick and agile with fast-paced styles in the ring. Perhaps the root of the problems started with them at one point fighting for similar booking roles on the WWE card in a political world that is backstage in pro wrestling.

Different social circles?

It has been documented Kingston is good friends with CM Punk. Both enjoy playing each other in video games. CM Punk is a top guy. Barreta was arguably the lowest on the totem pole for guys listed on the main roster. Maybe it's something to do with who is sitting at the cool kids' table.

Whatever the reason is, I'm sure we'll get more information as time goes on. Barreta is free of any shackles. No WWE policy or PR to adhere to. I expect interviews to pop up soon with him and surely he'll be asked about Kingston.

I said earlier, this is no work or no agenda to sell tickets...yet.

Even if something is legitimate in wrestling, it can always get morphed into a work. It can get turned into a story to make money.

Barreta should keep the war of words going; it keeps him relevant.

I don't think I've ever typed Barreta's name this many times. I don't know if I ever typed it at all. Every time I saw him in the ring I thought he had talent. I just never was given any reason to talk about him because WWE never used him.

This keeps the option open to get paid somewhere else.

WWE isn't forever for anyone. There is always an indy promoter who will drool at the possibility of putting something that's “real” in the ring and pay to promote two former WWE stars who don't like each other.

It keeps me entertained.

Let's face it, is Royal Rumble here yet? I've been talking about The Rock vs. CM Punk for seven months.