Wade Barrett Signs 1-Year Deal With WWE

The former bringer of bad news will be sticking around...

Back on the August 26 edition of NXT, Wade Barrett returned to WWE TV after four years away. The five-time Intercontinental Champion didn't enter the squared circle, however, and he called the action alongside Vic Joseph and Beth Phoenix instead.

Barrett's return was initially advertised as a one-night deal but a report from PWInsider soon after noted both sides were in negotiations over a full-time contract and he has remained on commentary ever since. 

The negotiations were ultimately successful and Sports Illustrated reported last night that Barrett has signed a one-year deal with WWE with an option to extend the partnership. The company confirmed the news soon after.

After signing the contract, Barrett told Sports Illustrated: "I hope this lasts for a long time, that's our intent. So there is no bad news to share, but never forget, there is always a little bad news up my sleeve."

"Our aim is to be different, a little more unique than the other WWE programming. We don't want to be a carbon copy of what you hear on Raw or SmackDown. I've known Beth for years, and she is incredibly talented, and I am just getting to know Vic. I'm excited to learn from and work with both of them, and I'm really excited to develop this into a really tight unit.

"This isn't a developmental brand. I've followed the careers of The Undisputed ERA, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and Rhea Ripley for a long time. There are so many up-and-comers, and NXT is a destination where you can see people turn into stars. Bronson Reed is a powerhouse and reminds me of a young Mark Henry. Coming from England, I might be a bit biased, but I can’t wait to see Ridge Holland's rise into a megastar. He has all the potential in the world.

"I'm also especially excited to call Shotzi Blackheart on a weekly basis. She is going to be a massive star. The opening match-up tonight between Shotzi and Io Shirai will be fantastic, so make sure to get there nice and early to watch."

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