According to reports from WrestlingInc, Wade Barrett finally made his return to action in Wednesday's live event in Queretaro, Mexico. Barrett could finally be about to end his long exile from WWE TV following the victory over Zack Ryder, having not been seen on TV tapings since August.
That is down to a number of issues, some of which were beyond Barrett's control. In an interview with Neil Docking from the UK newspaper the Lancashire Evening Post, he explained how visa issues had prevented him from returning to America:
I’ve been back sorting out a new Visa at the moment, we’ve had a couple of delays on that.
I was supposed to be back in the States two weeks ago and I think the Night of Champions pay-per-view I was supposed to be away for, but I also missed Battleground. It’s very difficult for me to do anything at the moment, being without a passport. Fingers crossed it gets cleared up in the next few days.
The big question is, what's next for Wade Barrett? There are rumors all over the Internet that Barrett is set to be re-packaged and given a major push.
In truth, he's never really been that far away from the top end of the roster. He's a double Intercontinental champion and was most recently feuding with Daniel Bryan—who is now well and truly in the WWE title picture.
Disappointingly though, that rivalry quickly ended, and the next big interaction between the two was on Raw, when Barrett was asked to shave off the beard of Bryan.
The main problem has been morphing Barrett into a character that everybody seems to get. He hasn't really had that image since he was the leader of the Nexus, before he was ultimately buried by John Cena.
He's been overtaken by a whole host of WWE Superstars in the fight to main event shows and pay-per-views—not least the likes of The Shield, who are now spearheading Triple H's new regime at the top.
That could be about to change, though.
Regular viewers of WWE's YouTube account would see Barrett frequently appearing on the JBL and Cole Show. In it, Barrett is part of a gimmick known as "Bad News Barrett", where he seemingly delivers bad news to people randomly.
It's been excellent to see Barrett in a new, refreshing role, and hopefully the re-package creative are considering is widely built around this gimmick. That could well be true, as Marc Middleton wrote on WrestlingInc recently:
As noted before, there has been talk of giving Wade Barrett a push and re-packaging him. Apparently officials are considering bringing him back to TV with his Badnews Barrett gimmick that can be seen on The JBL & Cole Show.
In truth, Barrett was merely unfortunate that in his best WWE feud to date—with Randy Orton—he suffered a horrific dislocated elbow which put paid to any chance of a push back then.
Barrett truly has the potential to make it to the very top in WWE—he has the wrestling skills, and is certainly more useful than most with a mic in his hand—he just needs the right angle from creative to help him on his way.
Is Barrett ready for a big push from WWE creative? Can he make it to the very top? Leave your comments below.