Wade Barrett returned to WWE last month in a surprise move that saw him replace the departing Mauro Ranallo alongside Vic Grimes and Beth Phoenix at the NXT commentary desk.
After unsurprising rave reviews about his work, it has now been announced via an interview with Sports Illustrated that Barrett, real name Stu Bennett, has signed a one-year contract to continue in the role.
Commenting on the deal, and alluding to his former ‘Bad News’ gimmick, Barrett said:
“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.”
It sounds like Barrett is keen not to just be a placeholder but to actively create something new and improved in the new team with Grimes and Phoenix. Commenting on this he said:
“Our aim is to be different, a little more unique than the other WWE programming,” said Barrett. “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.”
Barrett parted ways with WWE as a wrestler in 2016 and never wrestled anywhere else. He had short commentary spells with WOS Wrestling in the UK and NWA Powerrr and excelled in both, leading to his warmly received WWE return.